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Old 08-07-2018, 10:45 AM   #21
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..... and he broke a pint glass which was standing on the bench.
Empty I trust? R-
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:48 AM   #22
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Empty I trust? R-
He did not say if it was empty before it happened. It certainly would have been empty after.
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:55 AM   #23
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I use a end cutters on HO/OO points, these in fact
https://www.diy.com/departments/jcb-.../261888_BQ.prd
albeit they seem to be have discontinued. Dremels etc not only cause heat problems but a slip can cause damage to the switch blades while if you do not keep a close eye on the chuck it can grind down the switch and/or stock rail.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:35 AM   #24
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I use a end cutters on HO/OO points, these in fact
https://www.diy.com/departments/jcb-.../261888_BQ.prd
albeit they seem to be have discontinued. Dremels etc not only cause heat problems but a slip can cause damage to the switch blades while if you do not keep a close eye on the chuck it can grind down the switch and/or stock rail.
OK thanks Mike but I have never had problem.
The heat problem is caused by the person using the tool. Same way that people ruin masonry drills by pressing on at high-speed and and not easing back to keep tip from over heating. What you describe is bad workmanship not a problem with the tool.
Very old Chinese proverb................ Bad workman always blames his tools.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:18 PM   #25
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Here are the big'ish side cutters with some normal ones for comparison stopping the waste piece flying off, is easy if its easy to get at long nose pliers hold the waste piece, if its right over the back and a bit of a stretch a cloth laid over the top stops it pinging off....no name brand but 60+ rods and no indents on the cutters....be handy if somebody got the Tesco's brand.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:57 PM   #26
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The Dyson normally sorts that out Brian.
If you cut hardened steels rod with side cutters you are likely to take out somebody else's eye. A moddeller friend of mine was cutting piece off a point motor and he broke a pint glass which was standing on the bench.
Just put a cloth over it before cutting. That is good practice.

A handkerchief will suffice. Other types of cloth are available.

Sometimes angle grinders/cutting discs can catch and jump. This is not the tools failt or bad workmanship, it just happens.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:12 PM   #27
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I've never read so much about a simple suggestion!
If the remains of the pin are likely to fly off then hold the pin top with your spare hand fingers whilst cutting the pin off with the side cutter in the other hand. Or do as suggest place a cloth over the pin before cutting it!!
I have ruined too many Peco point tie bars use slitting disks in electric Dremel style drills before and side cutters are cheap and wont damage the pin or tie bar! But then what do I know!!!!!!!!!
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Well Iím going to try and get some, thanks FB.
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Sorry FB but I only voiced what I think of cheap tools. I did not expect it to end up in paperback form. ..........John
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............ I did not expect it to end up in paperback form. ..........John
It seems a lot of threads on here are the same. some people just keep adding posts for no good reason at all. Just saying.......
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