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Title: Foam knife
Post by: 65Buick on September 21, 2017, 03:59:01 PM
Time to break down and buy a good foam rubber cutter.
Choice is: A used stanley from ebay, or one of these new ones from this website.

Can't afford a Bosch.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: MinUph on September 21, 2017, 04:20:07 PM
Look for a used Bosch on eBay. Those others aren't worth it. You can find a decent one for a lot less than new. Just look for an 8" blade with it.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: sofadoc on September 21, 2017, 04:59:11 PM
Look for a used Bosch on eBay. Those others aren't worth it. You can find a decent one for a lot less than new. Just look for an 8" blade with it.

Paul's right. Be patient. A good deal will turn up eventually on ebay. I have 2 Bosch's. I paid $50 for one, and $110 for the other.

A turkey knife from Wally World will get you through until then.

Just be careful. Some of those deals are for "motor only". The blades, blade guide, and foot plate are all sold separately. Suddenly a $350 Bosch becomes a $600 Bosch. Look for a complete used one.

Choice is: A used stanley from ebay, or one of these new ones from this website.
I went and looked at the Stanley on ebay. That might be a good one if both blades move. On some of them, only one blade moves (the other is stationary).
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: Mojo on September 21, 2017, 05:47:41 PM
I never cut a lot of foam so got by with an electric turkey carving knife. I used to spray the blades down with silicone. It worked good for what I was doing. I probably would have invested in a Bosch if I was doing more foam work but couldn't justify the expense considering I was cutting random pieces of foam from time to time.

Mojo
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: MinUph on September 21, 2017, 06:50:11 PM
Here is a good example.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOSCH-1575-FOAM-RUBBER-CUTTER-W-FOOT-115V-DOUBLE-INSULATED-ORIGINAL-BOX-/382231328552?hash=item58fec33728:g:nygAAOSwuLRZwVRZ
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: 65Buick on September 21, 2017, 07:06:51 PM
Been using my father-in-law's father's turkey knife. It's a montgomery ward. Has worked well but it's pooping out.
I'll just get another cheapo and keep my eye on a Bosch like you guys said.
That Bosch you found Paul is idea. I'm keeping my eyes on that bad boy.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: sofadoc on September 21, 2017, 07:48:47 PM
That Bosch you found Paul is idea. I'm keeping my eyes on that bad boy.
I don't see a blade guide in that pic. That's an extra $50

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOSCH-2608135022-12-Foam-Rubber-Cutter-Blade-Guide-/361025326752?epid=1700411293&hash=item540ec94ea0:g:a-QAAOSwx0FZjQYz
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: MinUph on September 21, 2017, 07:50:02 PM
Been using my father-in-law's father's turkey knife. It's a montgomery ward. Has worked well but it's pooping out.
I'll just get another cheapo and keep my eye on a Bosch like you guys said.
That Bosch you found Paul is idea. I'm keeping my eyes on that bad boy.
Only thing is you might want to write the seller and ask what size blades it comes with. I didn't see the size in the auction. But the motor looks new. So does the foot plate. Not a ton of use on it.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: SteveA on September 22, 2017, 06:25:24 AM
I have the turkey cutter and another  tool specially designed for foam.  The turkey cutter is nice for rounding over the edge of a foam cushion or the edge of the foam after you glue it down to the top of an arm.  Th bigger cutter I have is called an Acu Cutter 350 it's the brand the local guy sells.  If you like to make straight 90 degree cuts with little effort for a box cushion or just sizing larger foam pieces this is a must have tool.
SA
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: brmax on September 22, 2017, 10:25:32 PM
I had seen a guy using a serrated knife on some foam rubber as in the blue/green and making it look easy and quite normal. So i went looking i found a millwauke but not sure it was long enough. Knife showed to be a 12" but could not really tell if that was blade or total. I think its real intent is the foam board insulation but looked worthy.

Floyd
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: Grebo on September 23, 2017, 07:23:18 AM
My first 'proper' foam saw was from here, the eze. Does a great job keeping edges straight compared to an carving knife  ;D
Used it for a few years until a bosch fell into my lap, what a different beast that is hardly any 'crumbs' smooth & much easier to control.
Bosch every time but the Eze is a good inbetween until you find one.

Suzi
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: brmax on September 23, 2017, 09:59:31 AM
Check this out, the bread knife so its a real option. I still like the Milwaukee for the cool factor ; )
https://youtu.be/xne0qjhFVNY

Floyd
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: 65Buick on September 25, 2017, 12:18:16 PM
Need a little help here. I asked the seller and he basically said look at the pics.
Not ever having used one of these I'm not sure it's complete.

As mentioned, not sure if the blade guide comes with it. I do see blades but I don't see any measurement.

Other than that it does look complete.

One more thing is that the housing for the front of the cutter (silver) Appears to be discolored between the two pieces. I had this happen to me once, a tool got really hot (not in use) and the lubricating oil melted out. That's what that looks like to me.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: MinUph on September 25, 2017, 12:53:38 PM
65,
  I basically posted that auction to show what is out there. Since looking it over more and others pointing out the guild missing I am not 100% sure it is a good one. I see the discolor in the case and am not sure what that is. You may be right in what you say I don't know. But these saws are available and you just need to look and watch for them.
  Anyone that answers your question like this seller did is one you want to walk away from. They should kinda know the thing they are selling. And be helpful not "look at the listing" kind of answer.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: sofadoc on September 25, 2017, 01:29:27 PM
If you decide to take a chance on that one, I have an extra 8" blade guide and blades (used) that I can send you. The ones in the ebay pic appear to be 8" also.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gC6It0MTxYiWT3fF2
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: 65Buick on September 25, 2017, 01:47:17 PM
Paul - I know. It did look like a decent one so I was interested. I think you're right about walking away from this one though.

Sofa: Thank you for the offer.

For now I'm not desperate and my little turkey knife will be ok til I can find a good saw with a foot and all.

______

That Bosch sold for $300 on ebay, even with the missing blade guide.
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: baileyuph on September 29, 2017, 08:40:53 PM
The Bosh is what I have and it is a great tool.  BTW, for some type of cutting work,
I made a jig and run straight cuts through the band saw.  Works great and is very
accurate.  It won't replace the scroll saw (like Bosh) but is a valuable complementary foam cutting tool.

Doyle
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: 65Buick on October 06, 2017, 05:05:13 PM
I have found a used Stanley on ebay. Looks about the same.
Or hold out for the Bosch?
Title: Re: Foam knife
Post by: MinUph on October 06, 2017, 05:44:27 PM
Hold out for the Bosch 65. You wont be sorry.