Hot Wire Foam Cutter 120v

SKU: ST1435



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  • Description

    The Hot Wire Foam Cutter makes clean, precise cuts, adjusts for angled cuts and cuts a path 4.5 in wide x 6 in deep (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm). Cutter heats instantly and leaves no mess.

    Use straight-rod option to cut in tight places and for faster cuts. Straight-rod cuts a path 3.5 in wide x 6 in deep (8.89 cm x 15.2 cm).

    The Hot Wire Foam Cutter Attachment: Bow and Guide (purchased separately) adds versatility to the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and cuts a path 4.5 in wide by 6 in deep (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm). Attach the Guide for precise angle cuts.

    Only use the nichrome replacement wire. To avoid the emission of toxic fumes, we recommend using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and the Bow & Guide on Woodland Scenics foam products only.

    RoHS Compliant


  • Kit includes:

    • 1 Handle
    • 2 Bows
    • 2 Collars
    • 1 Rod
    • 1 Transformer
    • 1 - 30-Gauge Nichrome Wire - 24" (60.9 cm)
  • Building a Layout Overview

    Profile Boards™

    See how you can create a perimeter of any height and define contours around your layout easily, using interlocking foam Profile Boards.

    Hot Wire Foam Cutter

    Learn how to make clean, precise cuts on SubTerrain white foam products. It heats instantly and leaves no mess. Use only special nichrome replacement wire. We recommend using the Foam Cutter on SubTerrain white foam only to avoid the emission of toxic fumes.

    SubTerrain Demonstration

    See a brief demonstration of the products available in the SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System and the advantages of using the foam System instead of plywood for a layout base.

    Using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide

    Watch to learn how easy it is to cut custom foam terrain and structures using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow and Guide.

  • Made in the USA

    Made In The USA Woodland is committed to a business practice, which supports the economy of our local community.

    We manufacture the vast majority of our products at our Linn Creek, Missouri manufacturing plant, which also houses our product development, package and creative design, marketing, sales and customer service operations.

    Many of the products or parts of the products we manufacture overseas, come back home for packaging and shipping by Woodland employees.

    When you purchase Woodland Quality Brands, you support American manufacturing working in balance with a global economy to support American jobs.

    Safety Warning

    -Model making product. Not a toy! Not suitable for children under 14 years!

    -Produit pour le modélisme. Pas un jouet! Pas adapté aux enfants de moins de 14 ans!

    -Producto para modelismo. No es un juguete! No adecuado para niños menores de 14 años!

    -Modellbauartikel. Kein Spielzeug! Nicht geeigent für Kinder unter 14!


    CAUTION: Some foam products such as polyurethane foam may emit toxic fumes when heated.

    Use in ventilated area. Use transformer included with this package. Do not leave Hot Wire Foam

    Cutter on for an extended period of time. Transformer may overheat. Do not touch Wire while

    Cutter is on. Wire may cause burns. Be careful when using Hot Wire Foam Cutter near flammable

    material or in areas where explosive gases may be present. Do not apply to a single contact

    point for an extended period-heat may be conducted to combustible materials that are not in sight.

    Allow Wire to cool before storing Hot Wire Foam Cutter. Unplug Hot Wire Foam Cutter after use.

    MISE EN GARDE: Certains produits de mousse, comme la mousse de polyuréthane, peuvent émettre des

    vapeurs toxiques lorsqu'il est chauffé. Utiliser en zone ventilée. Utiliser un transformateur

    inclus avec ce paquet. Ne laissez pas fil chaud coupe de mousse sur pendant une période prolongée

    de temps. Transformateur peut surchauffer. Ne touchez pas fil tandis que coupeur est allumé. Fil

    peut causer des brûlures. Soyez prudent lorsque vous utilisez fil chaud coupe de mousse près de

    matériaux inflammables ou dans des zones où les gaz explosifs peuvent être présents. Ne

    s'appliquent pas à un seul point de contact pendant une période prolongée - chaleur peut-être être

    effectuée à des matières combustibles qui ne sont pas en vue. Permettre fil refroidir avant

    d'entreposer le fil chaud coupe de mousse. Débrancher fil chaud coupe de mousse après utilisation.

    PRECAUCIÓN: Algunos productos de espuma, como espuma de poliuretano, pueden emitir vapores tóxicos

    cuando se calientan. Usar en área ventilada. Utilizar el transformador incluido en este paquete. No

    deje encendido el cortador de alambre caliente durante un período prolongado de tiempo. El

    transformador puede recalentarse. No toque el alambre mientras el cortador esté encendido. El

    alambre podría causar quemaduras. Tenga cuidado cuando use el cortador cerca de materiales

    inflamables o en áreas donde pueden estar presentes gases explosivos. No lo aplique en un solo

    punto de contacto durante un período prolongado -el calor puede conducirse hasta materiales

    combustibles que no están a la vista. Deje que el cortador se enfríe antes de guardarlo.

    Desenchufe el cortador de alambre caliente después de su uso.

    ACHTUNG: Einige Styropor-Produkte, wie Polyurethanschaum, können beim Erhitzen giftige Dämpfe

    absondern. In belüfteten Räumen verwenden. Verwenden Sie den in diesem Paket enthaltenen

    Transformator. Lassen Sie den Heißdraht-Schneider nicht lange eingeschaltet. Transformator kann

    überhitzen. Berühren Sie den Draht nicht, während der Schneider eingeschaltet ist. Der Draht kann

    Verbrennungen verursachen. Seien Sie vorsichtig bei der Verwendung vom Heißdraht-Scheider in der

    Nähe von leicht entzündbarem Material oder in Bereichen, in denen explosive Gase anwesend sein

    können. Nicht lange an der gleichen Stelle verwenden - die Hitze kann zu brennbaren Materialien,

    die nicht in Sichtweite sind, weitergeleitet werden. Lassen Sie den Heißdraht-Schneider abkühlen,

    bevor Sie ihn aufbewahren. Nach Gebrauch den Stecker des Heißdraht-Schneiders herausziehen.

    • Can I use a Hot Wire Foam Cutter to cut my Track-Bed?

      No, do not cut the Track-Bed with a Hot Wire Foam Cutter. This may emit toxic fumes.

    • Can I use the Hot Wire Foam Cutter with other kinds of foam?

      We recommend using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter with Risers, Inclines/Declines, Profile Boards, Foam Sheets, Modeling Sheets, Road Riser, and Support Panels.

      Using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter on products other than what is listed is not recommend. Toxic fumes may be omitted.

    • Can your Foam Sheets be carved?

      Yes, they can be carved with a Hot Wire Foam Cutter, Foam Knife or other hobby knife.

      Click here to view a video about Foam Sheets.

    • What is the measurement of the wire between the prongs of the Hot Wire Foam Cutter, and at what depth does it cut?

      The opening width, or length of the wire from prong to prong is 4 1/2" (11.4 cm) wide. The depth from the prong down to the handle, is 6" (15.2 cm). When using the optional straight rod, the tool cuts a path 3 1/2" w x 6" d (8.89 cm x 15.2 cm). Use this option to cut in tight places and for faster cuts.

    • Can I use wire other than the Foam Cutter Replacement Wire in the Hot Wire Foam Cutter?

      No. The Hot Wire Foam Cutter is designed to use the Replacement Wire. The special nichrome wire retains an even temperature, which is necessary for consistent cutting of our foam products.

    • I've just purchased a hot wire foam cutter, but it's not working. Any suggestions as to what I might do to be sure it's assembled correctly?

      If the bows and wire are not installed properly, the cutter will not heat. We suggest reinstalling the bows and wire according to the following instructions.
      Install Bows - Insert one of the bows into one of the guide holes on the handle. Press the bow down until the spring engages. The bend in the bow and the top of the guide should be level. Hold the bow in place and tighten the thumb screw. Repeat with other bow. When both bows are installed they resemble an American football goalpost. Make sure thumbscrews are not overly tightened.
      Install Wire - Start with a 6-inch piece of wire. Install wire with or without the collars. When installed, wire must be taut between bows.
      Without Collars - Wrap ends of wire several times around grooves in bows. Then, wrap the wire back around itself to secure.
      Collars - Thread one end of the wire through the small, center hole in a bow collar and extend it out the top hole, approximately 1-inch. Twist the wire tightly several times around long wire section and secure close to edge of collar. Thread the other end of the wire through center hole in opposite collar and secure in same manner. There should only be a single piece of wire between the bows.
      Make sure the wire is taut between the bows. To help get the wire tight, pull bows in slightly while securing the wire. To tighten loose wire, twist a collar slightly.
      Using the Cutter - Plug the unit in. Make sure the transformer is secure in the handle and it is plugged into a working outlet.
      IMPORTANT - The yellow button must be pushed firmly forward to heat the wire while cutting. The wire heats only when the yellow button is fully engaged. As a safety feature, the wire cools as soon as button is released, even the slightest amount. Make sure to maintain steady pressure. To ensure the bows and wire maintain the proper connection, make slow and steady cuts. Release yellow button when cut is complete.

      Click here to view a video about the Hot Wire Foam Cutter.

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