3 out of 5 stars Friday 14 October, 2016 By Marc Fresko - See all my reviews
A brilliant idea, but flawed execution.
First, as other reviewers note, the circle cutter is problematic because the centre piece moves around too easily. Luckily there is a simple and low-cost workaround: simply fix the centre piece to your glass with a few strips of masking tape (I expect other tapes would work too, but I use masking tape as it leaves no residue). Simples.
The strip cutter is great - almost. I found it invaluable at first, and I have used it a lot for a year or two. I particularly appreciate its accurate steel ruler. But now I see its weakness: the plastic slider (the one that slides up and down the aluminium rail) has worn, and is now quite floppy. This means that cuts are no longer reliably parallel to the rail - they can be a few degrees out, or presumably they can be slightly wavy. This is especially noticeable with very narrow strips. Its annoying because this is unnecessary - if the slider were engineered better (OK, that means more cost, I know) it would not have worn. Shame.
The base is a sort of rubber. it is a nice, cutter-friendly, non-slip surface. But even after a year it STILL wants to roll itself up instead of laying completely flat so I have to use some home made weights (fused scrap glass actually!) to hold it neatly flat.
Let me know when the design solves these issues - and I'll buy another one!
3 out of 5 stars Tuesday 15 September, 2015 By Emma Michelle Hughes - See all my reviews
I use this all the time to cut straight lines with but when I try to use to cut circles I am disappointed that the centre disc you use doesn't have a very good grip on the glass so resulting in not being able to cut perfect circles.
For the price that you pay for this I would expect a suction cup to help keep it in place while you are scoring the glass for a circle. So I have given up trying and will purchase a circle cutter in the future.
3 out of 5 stars Tuesday 17 March, 2015 By Alice Burns - See all my reviews
I give this three stars as it is good for cutting stips once you get used to it. Do not leave any cutting oil residue on the mat as it will bubble up. It is very difficult to get used to, and if your eyesight is not great even more difficult.
3 out of 5 stars Monday 09 March, 2015 By Helen
Good for cutting strips and squares but sadly useless as a circle cutter.
I have been using this for almost a year and it has been really good for quick cutting strips and squares. I had hoped as the pictures described and the high price of the product it would be a multipurpose tool that would cut circles too.
As there is no suction cup or way to fasten the cutter, the measuring guide can only be placed loosely into a central disc which constantly moves around. Having to hold the centre in position while moving the cutter around to get an accurate cut is an impossible task!
After several frustrating attempts to cut circles using the tool I will be buying another professional cutter which is fit for purpose.
I could only recommend this as a portable cutting mat for strips or squares not for circles.
5 out of 5 stars Tuesday 15 April, 2014 By Cathy O'Doherty - See all my reviews
Wish I had this ages ago! Best equipment purchase I have made since buying my kiln 4 years ago. Easy to use for accurate strips & to change to circle cutting.
5 out of 5 stars Saturday 02 March, 2013 By Marjorie Derbyshire
A fantastic bit of kit! I have pain in my finger joints and the easy-to-use cutting wheel makes this task far less difficult and much quicker. It allows me to cut accurately and eliminate waste. I can also take it with me to class demonstrations. It's worth every pound!
5 out of 5 stars Sunday 19 February, 2012 By Brett Manley
Although expensive this is a high quality tool and very useful for repetative cutting. It lasts for ever.