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how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« on: July 22, 2010, 06:39:55 AM »
I've been using the score and break method but I imagine some of you guys might have some elegant and not so elegant solutions  ;D
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 07:51:06 AM »
I use one of the cutting attachments on my dremel and a vise. Nice clean cuts.

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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 08:06:10 AM »
Bandsaw.
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 08:12:45 AM »
I have an old-school paper cutter that was my grandfather's; the kind they don't make anymore.  The thing has a cutting arm on it like a lawn mower blade.  It chops right through quickly & cleanly.
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 09:02:46 AM »
what do you guys think about using a chop saw? I can get a small one from harbor fright for $25. will it work well?
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 12:14:16 PM »
Not sure about the chop saw, but I use the rotary tool (dremel) from Harbor Freight and it works great. They have some kits for under $15 IIRC that includes cutting wheels.

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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 01:17:54 PM »
Not sure about the chop saw, but I use the rotary tool (dremel) from Harbor Freight and it works great. They have some kits for under $15 IIRC that includes cutting wheels.
i have a dremel as well but I am looking for a more efficient way of cutting straight with minimal cleaning followup.
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 09:28:32 PM »
How much do you want to spend, Jimmy?
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2010, 07:22:25 AM »
How much do you want to spend, Jimmy?

I'm not super concerned with cost, it's more about the end product and the convenience. That being said I don't want to spend $300. I'd prefer to spend $30 but will consider anything up to about $200 especially if I can convince my wife I can use it for more than just pcbs ;D
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Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2010, 01:54:35 PM »
Before I found that my heavy duty paper cutter worked so well for chopping copper clad I was actually looking at this as a cheap alternative.  Since inside corner cuts are such a herculean task with the cutter I may end up getting one anyway...

I have no idea how well it would work, but it'd be interesting to find out.
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