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Thread: Herters core cutter

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    Herters core cutter

    Any input on these. Or would I better off going with a new one.

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    Link please?

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    They're no longer made, but occasionally come up for sale on the auction sites, usually for way too much money. I've got one, and I guess it works reasonably well, but I prefer to cast my cores, when possible.

    Hope this helps.

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    Saw one on Ebay. It said "vintage" so I thought I'd ask.

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    A core cutter, especially for smaller diameter wire, is easy enough to make. A couple of pieces of angle-iron bolted together like scissors works great. I made my first cc using an old pair of dog nail shears with a hole drilled & a bolt with 2 nuts & a washer installed to make a stop.

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    my first one was a pair cable cutters, with fender washers. bolts and a wing nut, described in the archives in this forum. totally functional, however a little less than accurate and slightly cumbersome.

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    Well I would think a clean shear and gauge that is repeatable would be of most importance.

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    Herter's made two very different models, depending on the model they are good. The better is a micrometer adjustment and uses separate dies for different sizes of wire.
    Finding dies in near impossible.
    The cheaper one is more like the other poster's described.
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