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KeenCut Excalibur 5000: any opinion?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by Patentagosse, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    I've been offered this for a very fair price but never used this kind of board cutter before. I have a Fletcher Titan 100" for my prints and coroplast but when it comes to cut DiBond (Alu composite panel), it doesn't work. I have to use my table saw for perfect cuts but it's a real mess at the end and it's in the same space I install wrap and laminate my prints... Yeah, not the best match...

    Is it sturdy? Does it needs frequent blade / parts replacement?
    I plan to use it for Alupanels more than any other type of panel...

    What's your thoughts 'bout KeenCut products?

    Thanks
     
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  2. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    We had one for several years but hardly used it. The "pizza wheel" cutter does cut through 3mm ACM boards fairly easily but it requires a good bit of force. Honestly for cutting Dibond and the like I think a saw is just easier at the end of the day. We ended up buying a Festool TrackSaw and it works great and is almost dustless with a shop vac hooked up.

    That, or honestly, a utility knife and ruler cut ACM just fine too, you just have to make a lot of passes, but it works great and is clean...
     
  3. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    Thanks guys.
    Another shop in my neighborhood want to get rid of it and offered it to me for $500 but mentioned it needs some parts to be replaced (pizza wheels and teflon guide).
    'Looked on my supplier's website and it sells like $3700 over here (!!!)
    I won't let pass this deal...
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    We absolutely love our Keen cutter, but it's a 126" flat cutter for nothing much more than 6mm PVC. Just about anything other than metals.

    However, our Fletcher 3000 cuts up to almost 1/2" anything except 1/4" alumalite and things.
     
  5. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    I will use mine for AluPanel exclusively (almost) so it better works fine otherwise it will collect dust...
     
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    Swear by our steeltrack.
     

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