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Soldering gun for cutting fabric
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Dwight Shackelford
(zydeholic) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Soldering gun for cutting fabric on 08/15/2006 21:56:04 MDT Print View

What wattage should I get on one of these? Is there a maximum?


Lance Marshall
(Lancem) - F - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: Soldering gun for cutting fabric on 08/16/2006 16:11:36 MDT Print View

I've used a Weller pistol grip 140 watt soldering gun with a cutting tip on silnylon, no-see-um netting, 1.4 oz ripstop and 220 denier nylon. It works well but is slow, expecially if you're cutting anything heavier. I assume more wattage would be faster, but don't know if there is a maximum. If you keep the tip moving, more heat shouldn't be a problem. I first tried a 30 watt pencil tip soldering iron, but it was not hot enough. A straight edge or stiff pattern material to follow with the tip is helpful, as free-hand cutting is difficult. 1/8" x 4' x 8' Masonite hard board makes a good and inexpensive cutting mat. I used this combination for making a tarp, a tent, and a down quilt. I have since switched to a cutting wheel and prefer it for ease and speed. Good luck!

Edited by Lancem on 08/16/2006 17:08:18 MDT.