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SummaryHot Blade Rope Cutters are a heavy duty tool for cutting large amounts of string. These units usually run about 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and run on standard 120 volt. The one featured is a bench mount model but there's hand held as well, both come in many different blade configurations. One of the benefits to using these cutters is they cut and melt the ends all in one easy step, so they're great for all types of nylon string and also work great on mesh. You can also use the hot blade to melt nice sharp tips on the string. Once a piece is cut you simply press the end into the side of the blade, while the slag is still warm you can mold a nice tip with your fingers. These cutters make short work of cutting large bundles of string as well, they can cut through 200 pieces in about ten seconds. They also work great when it comes time to trim multiple sticks, it makes short work out of 10 to 500 heads a day. These cutters can be found on Ebay, Amazon and sometimes local hardware stores can special order them. They run around $100 for the bench top models and $20-$100 for hand held versions.
A couple need to knows on these cutters before purchasing. One, the blade gets vary hot and has no safety guards to protect your hands. If you're accident prone, this might not be a good idea. Two, because these cut by melting the string there's a large amount of fumes released when cutting. It is mandatory to have a powered vacuum ventilation system to operate these indoors. The fumes released if inhaled can cause cancer!
In conclusion, hot blade rope cutters are a great way to cut string and mesh very efficiently. They're considered a commercial stringing tool and used for very large volume. If considering one of these cutters you have to keep in mind the safety risks and be prepared to install proper ventilation equipment.