I came into a little pocket money and I’m thinking about buying one of these cutters. I’m tyring to make sure I understand the differences. Here’s what I think I’ve established based on the photos and the specs:
Size: The Caterpillar is longer and taller, but the height of the sides at the “front” cutting area is just slightly greater (0.5”) compared with the Hercules.
Cutting increment: Even though the increments looks the same to me on the CCT website, the specs state adjustment to 1/8“ increments for the Caterpillar versus 1/4” for the Hercules. It looks like the adjustment notches on the Caterpillar are machined in a stainless steel(?) plate while the notches for the Hercules are cut directly into the side walls of the cutter. Thanks @AliOop
for the comment above about using cardboard to get the inbetween increments.
Wire cutter: It looks like the wire cutter/slicer of the Caterpillar is braced with metal, possibly stainless steel, on both sides vs. the Hercules wire cutter which is braced with the same material as the base on one side vs. metal(?) on the other side.
Cutting guide ruler: The little ruler is shown with the Caterpillar but I didn’t notice it in any of the photos of the Hercules although it does look like there’s a place for it on the Hercules.
It took me a bit to figure out why they posted the photos that show the handle part of the cutter/slicer under the base. I guess that positioning is the key to cutting a tall slab. So, am I correct in thinking I would be able to cut a 10” square slab @3.5” with either of the models?
I assume the Caterpillar is heavier and also a bit more stable with the three feet. Do the feet on either model have anti-slip pads?