Track Cutters

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February 7, 2013 8:49 AM

What do you use to cut O scale track nice and flush?

 

 
 
 
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February 7, 2013 9:07 AM

When I need to cut rail that hasn't been spiked down yet I use a Dremel with a fibreglass reinforced cutoff wheel, or if I am cutting sectional track close to the end of a section.  If the rail is spiked down already or if it is sectional track and the cut is further in from the ends I use a Jewelers saw.  Just depends on the situation.

 

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February 7, 2013 9:13 AM

I use a band saw and a very fine file.

 

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February 7, 2013 2:59 PM

I use Xuron flush cuts, the big pair.  it will deform one side but the other will be flat.  I have used them to shave less than a 32nd of an inch off of code 148 rail.  If the track is laid, what Chris said.

 

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February 7, 2013 9:45 PM

I use the angle head with the EZ change chuck.  I try to cut up from the bottom when ever possible.  Worn cutters are good for close  work.  Set up on a hanger or in a sliding tray you can just buzz around the layout laying flex track.  ttDremel Rotary Right Angle

 

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February 7, 2013 11:23 PM

Originally Posted by Ken the guy from AR:

I use Xuron flush cuts, the big pair.  it will deform one side but the other will be flat.  I have used them to shave less than a 32nd of an inch off of code 148 rail.  If the track is laid, what Chris said.

 

How big are they? About how long? Thanks.

 
 
 
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February 8, 2013 10:37 AM

They are about 6 inches long with the orange handles.

 

http://www.micromark.com/xuron-track-cutter,7465.html

 

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February 13, 2013 5:13 PM

I use these, even on code 148 rail, only cut top to bottom not side to side.

They give a nice, flush cut on non-ferrous metals (do not use on steel rail)

http://www.techni-tool.com/Search?search=p57

 
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February 13, 2013 5:48 PM

I use a pair of these:

 

 

Right through code 125 or code 148, or a 16 penny common nail.

 

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