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  • Self healing cutting mat

     Chris Wool updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago 10Members · 12 Posts
  • Dan Evans

    Member
    November 23, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Now that everyone and their dog is selling self healing cutting mats, does anyone have any real life usage and which is the best one to get? The most expensive is not always the best.

    I want to get one for my table as the glass is ripping through blades like theres no tomorrow, I know blades are cheap but it’s more of the time consuming part of either snapping off a blade or fitting a new one.

  • Chris Wilson

    Member
    November 23, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    We got ours from Omar at mounters mate.

    Was really surprised at the price. I was pricing around and just happened to mention it to him when phone about other things.

    Had our first one for about 2 years now. Dread to think how many million cuts it’s had. Maybe another year and I will replace it for a fresh one.

  • Karen White

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    The problem is the cost when it comes to the larger ones. You can buy them easily online and very reasonable but once you try and get an 8x4ft the price shoots up!

    Correx board is a good temporary option and glass is great, but again it’s expensive.

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Cherwell do Rhino cutting mats, although I haven’t used one. I think we got our large green one from Signgeer, which was OK when we used one. We’ve got a clear one on the mounting table now.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I have the rhino one from Cherwell, not what I’d call self healing but pretty bulletproof. Had it a good while now, probably need to replace

  • Dan Evans

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve heard a few times that these mats only last a few years before they need replacing, I want a 1.8 x 3m so spending £400 on one I would expect it to last longer than that.

    That’s £11 a month, blades are cheaper and glass looks lovely when clean.

    • Jamie Wood

      Member
      November 25, 2020 at 6:38 am

      We have used 4mm polypropylene sheet in the past. It’s a lot cheaper, but not self healing. They usually need replacing every 12-18 months though.

  • Richard Wills

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve only tried the green or black self healing matts. The blades last longer and there is less effort in cutting, than the HDPE sheets we use, but the difference is marginal. The difference in blade life with glass is very noticably shorter. Assuming you’ve got a backlit table, clear matts will reduce the pauses in production, while snapping/changing blades.

    All cutting surfaces (and the people cutting) benefit from sharp blades – less effort is involved in the cut, which makes for a cleaner, more controlled cut, which means less force, and the surface lasts longer. Most operators stand in a couple of positions for the majority of cuts, so you have the option to rotates as well as flip the matt, to extend life.

    50p a day isn’t much, except when you have to pay it all up front, and miss the beauty of the clean shiny glass…

  • David Rogers

    Member
    November 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    8×4 polypropylene sheets…about 6 months a side…maybe £30….takes a real beating.

  • John Thomson

    Member
    November 27, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I used http://www.chrystalrubber.co.uk

    2900mm x 1340mm x 5mm thick cost me £150.00 plus £20.00 shipping a couple of years ago and it has lasted well.

    John

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    November 27, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Bought a reinforced glass sheet – best purchase ever, 2 years later perfect, much better than cutting matts.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Colin Crabb.
  • Chris Wool

    Member
    November 27, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    i’am with colin glass for the last 8 or so years second sheet as dropped a gearbox on the first one. this one 5 year old blades are so cheap it don’t matter. just lovely unidirectional cutting.

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