A few weeks ago we asked for help finding an inexpensive and quick way to make many straight cuts in cardboard. We received many helpful responses, with the conclusion being that a straightedge and utility knife was the absolute best low-budget choice. I had considered recommending a manual paper or craft rotary cutter, but these types of tools are typically only designed to cut very thin materials.
After reading the post, a representative for Skil contacted me and asked if we had considered their Power Cutter for my colleague’s cardboard-cutting needs. The cordless Power Cutter looks to be absolutely perfect for this type of cutting work! While a bit more expensive than a plain utility knife and straightedge, the Power Cutter can do the job far quicker and will less elbow grease.
I am actually somewhat embarrassed that I had to be reminded about the Power Cutter. I have seen this tool at Lowes and elsewhere countless times, and even referenced it when talking about Rockwell’s ZipSnip cutter last June, so it should have come to mind.
The Skil Power Cutter is powered by a rechargeable 3.6V lithium ion battery, and can hold its charge for up to 18 months. It can cut many types of materials up to 1/4″ thick, and features a self-sharpening blade.
A review sample is on its way, so we’ll be able to see just how well the Power Cutter works for cutting cardboard, rubber gasket sheeting, and whatever tough-to-cut materials we can throw at it!
Update 2: Here’s the new version (via Amazon)
The Power Cutter can be found for $45-55 in stores and online. It looks like the similarly styled ZipSnip is currently on sale (but backordered) via Amazon at the moment for $30.