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« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2012, 10:36 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VWHTUG/?tag=carolpa-20 was thinking about buying this. Thoughts please
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« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2012, 10:44 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VWHTUG/?tag=carolpa-20 was thinking about buying this. Thoughts please


If you used the mini cutoff wheels with it, it should work. But still go slowly and I'd still wrap the rod with tape 1st.
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« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2012, 11:04 AM »

there was a discussion about these (the harbor freight version which i think was even less$) and using a reinforced wheel that is offered as well.   overall response was good experience with them.

same thing though: rotate the rod while cutting it.
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« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2012, 11:15 AM »

I almost bought that cutoff saw @ harbor freight but they didn't have any cutoff wheels in 2" at the time, just the metal blade which I didn't really want to use for cutting carbon.  I'm sure it would work though if you go slowly enough as has been mentioned.
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« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2012, 11:53 AM »

I have been using a cordless Dremel with a diamond cut off blade for the last 3 years, it is lightweight, easy to get the exact angle and zips through carbon rods like butter.  The metal diamond blade on it never wears out...at least not in the last 3 years and I cut tons of carbon at the shop here.  No tape needed (but it does make it easy to see the cut line).  After cutting, I set the Dremel on end and round the ends of the spar on the blade.  Use a mask to protect from the dust.  It has never snagged or ripped/splintered the carbon, even when cutting P90's, Zero's or 4 wrap Rev rods, it just melts right through.

I would highly recommend this setup to anyone who is cutting large amounts of spars.  It can also be taken to the flying field with you if you ever wanted to be on the field doing spar repairs (personally, I don't bother at the park and in the event of a broken spar, just use another kite - this way I can maximize my limited flying time).
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« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2012, 12:44 PM »

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VWHTUG/?tag=carolpa-20 was thinking about buying this. Thoughts please


Been used by many, in fact kiteguy here on our forum but more active over on Kitebuilder forum under the same name wrote up his mods to the Harbor Freight version which is the same saw ($27.99). He removed that clamp system and installed a length of extruded aluminum L angle I think he even glued a dressmakers fabric ruler on it. Then you could add one of the window locks for sliding windows to give you a stop if you are cutting multiple spars the same length. Harbor Freight doesn't have 2" cut-off wheels to fit that saw but as I recall Dave (kiteguy) found that by removing the safety shield (Not recommended but hey my dremel doesn't have one) the 3" wheel they do carry will fit.

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« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2012, 04:06 PM »

that's why you guys are the best   Smiley
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