- Nov 15, 2018
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Had I picked up on that difference at the time, I definitely would have done the same!
Let us know how we can push you over the edge, er, encourage you.Thanks you two! I was already leaning towards the Caterpillar and I’m getting ever closer.
Teamwork at its best!
I bought myself a caterpillar as a birthday gift this year a
I bought mine almost a year ago and it *is* impressive still!! I really love it.
Great summary, thank you @Mobjack Bay! Yes, by putting the handle under the base, rather than over, you can cut slabs of any height because the handle is out of the way. My slab mold is 9.25" on the longest side, but I could easily cut something twice that height if I needed to do so.
The Hercules does come with anti-slip feet and a ruler. The ruler is the only part of the engineering that I find less than perfect. There is nowhere to store it on the machine where it will stay put. When laid in the little track created for it, it moves or falls out as you slide the slab through for cutting, or if you move the cutter around your soaping area. I use double-stick Scotch tape on the bottom to hold it still, but that only lasts for a few washes before it comes loose. I don't want to glue it permanently because it's handy to use for measuring cuts.
I do have some buyer's remorse about not getting the Caterpillar with its ⅛" cutting increments. Given the size of my slab mold, I need to use cardboard every time to achieve even bars. That works, but it's fiddly. TBH, I'd rather have spent the money on the Caterpillar. Y'all may remember that I ended up buying the Cheshire Cat with my Hercules, because it was practically free due to bumping the total purchase into the free shipping zone. But I rarely use the CC and would definitely have benefited from the Caterpillar's ⅛" slots. Oh well.
PS: @dibbles is right - you do need this!
I have a question for the Catapillar users, as well as for AliOop with the Hercules:Guess what arrived today? I feel a strange urge to make a lot of large slabs this weekend .
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I'm sorry. I haven't noticed that with mine. I hope it works out for you though. I'm really enjoying my Hercules cutter.In chat with Alex, I got instructions how to fix it, but it takes a lot of strength and I am exhausted from trying to straighten it. I required using the edge of the counter top as a fulcrum and putting pressure on both ends of the length of flat upper surface of the cutter where the soap slides. I am not as strong as I used to be in my youth, but I was still afraid I might break it while applying pressure.