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Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby chrisk » Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:27 pm

I want to buy a circle cutter. I've never used one but it seems the Silbertschnitt (6 wheel) & Fletcher-Terry(3wheel) are good ones. I read a carbide head is available for the Fletcher is that true of the Silbertschnitt also.
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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Brad Walker » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:49 pm

Get the Silberschnitt with the ball bearing head (not the turret). Mine is nearly 20 years old and still has original head despite heavy use.

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby jim burchett » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:07 pm

Love my Fletcher_Terry have had it for many years
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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Tony Smith » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:15 am

What Brad said. The Silberschnitt is the standard circle cutter across the commercial glass industry for a reason.

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby jim simmons » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:57 am

What Brad and Tony said in spades

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Kevin Midgley » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:55 am

You might also look far away online and find a 'well designed' circle cutter but you could wait a while for the delivery.
What you won't know about is the quality of the wheel or the thickness of the glass it was designed to cut.

From Asia, if you know your sources, a 'similar design of circle cutter' to those being discussed is $15 US plus maybe $5 postage and perhaps 3 weeks shipping.
Note I said similar.

Canadian source: http://www.hitechglazing.com/search

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby JestersBaubles » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:04 pm

I love my Silberschnitt. I joke that every time I use it, I want to kiss a German (my husband is German ;)).

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Barbel » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:30 am

Silberschnitt truly is the Best!
....my rather prejudiced opinion ( yes, I am German!)

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Bert Weiss » Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:51 am

The Silberschnitt with a single carbide wheel is good. The cheap one with the 6 wheel turret is horrible. Think about it. How do you know it is time to change wheels? That would be after a piece of glass breaks. Maybe cheap float glass guys can afford to lose some glass. Expensive glass cutting is a different story. Once you factor in the cost of 6 pieces of broken glass to the cost of your circle cutter, a carbide wheel cutter pays for itself.

I use the Toyo, and love it. http://www.fusionheadquarters.com/Toyo_Tap_Wheel_Circle_Cutter_p/toycir.htm
Be careful, if you drop the cutting head on to the glass, the wheel will break. They are replaceable if you can see the tiny wheel and are dextrous enough to handle it. I've gotten good at it.

As to Fletcher cutters, the day I got control over glass cutting was the day I got my first Toyo carbide wheel cutter. I started out using Fletcher, both steel and carbide wheels. I have never turned back. I have been using Toyo cutters since the early 80's. I've tried some others but never like them.
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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby JestersBaubles » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:16 pm

I love my turret head cutter :).

I will ask the same question back... with any cutter, how do you know it's time to change the wheel, other than you start having issues with cutting/breaking glass.

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Brad Walker » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:45 pm

JestersBaubles wrote:how do you know it's time to change the wheel, other than you start having issues with cutting/breaking glass.


That's how I know.

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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby Bert Weiss » Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:33 pm

A steel wheel might be good for 10 or 20 circles. A Toyo or Silberschnitt carbide wheel might be good for 10 or 20 years.
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Re: Silbertschnitt vs Fletcher-Terry circle cutter - experiences?

Postby JestersBaubles » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:30 pm

I have cut many, many more than 20 circles with my Silberschnitt since I've had it. I am only on my second cutter head on the "turret".

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