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Old 01-03-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I have seen a new drywall cutting tool called the BladeRunner that uses magnets to hold cutters and cut on both sides at once.
I was about 80 or 90 dollars first, then I saw it marked down to about $45. The blades were also marked down.

Have any of you used this tool? If so, what do you think of it.

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Old 01-03-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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I've seen the video on "YouTube" or somewhere. I wouldn't consider buying or using one as a professional (no need), but a DIY'er might find it handy. The price has likely dropped because professionals don't need an item like the Blade Runner and it has probably not sold as well as expected....
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:47 AM   #3
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The guys on "This Old House' thought well of the concept. Not sure I could justify the cost though although it did look nice for cutting shapes.
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:21 PM   #4
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How often do you need to cut "shapes" from drywall. It would be good for cutting repetitive "rips" (lengthwise cuts, say for soffits) for a DIY'er. Hard to justify the cost, even at half price though just for a basement or remodel....
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How often do you need to cut "shapes" from drywall.
Dude, it's modern art, don't you know. These days it's all about the shapes. Rectangles are for squares.
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How often do you need to cut "shapes" from drywall. It would be good for cutting repetitive "rips" (lengthwise cuts, say for soffits) for a DIY'er. Hard to justify the cost, even at half price though just for a basement or remodel....
Like on every new project. My clients seem to love arches, circle openings, vaulted looking ceilings and so forth. Or their antique homes have walls with openings and shapes that were never square to start.

Nice sharp razor knife sitll works for me but the magnetic system mentioned in this post was intriguiging when I saw the guys using it. Not paying for what it costs yet though. Box of 100 blades $9? $90 or even $45 for a clever toy?
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Arches and circular openings are best cut out with a router after the board is hung. You don't need to pre-cut the shape. Same with cutting out of square door and window openings. I agree it's a neat concept. If I had a large commercial job and had to cut a lot of 5/8" firecode into narrow rips, I might give one a try. It would likely save some time and effort there....
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Hi.

My dad owns one of these.

I used it this weekend to re-hang all of the drywall in my kitchen.

Honestly, it works pretty good, but you have to be careful with it. If you try to move it too fast, it is really easy to for it to get off track.

A lot of my cuts had some pretty wavy edges on it.

In the end, I went back to just using a razor blade. I found that my cuts came out better that way.

After trying it, I'm glad I didn't spend $80 on it. I prefer my $8 razor.
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