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Greg Vriethoff
06-11-2017, 01:22 PM
Just got this (http://bugeyeproducts.com/murrine-cutter/) in my inbox from OCR.

Pete VanderLaan
06-11-2017, 05:05 PM
drum roll... and the price.?

Eben Horton
06-11-2017, 09:31 PM
I think its around 1600 Pete.

just my opinion, but it looks really flimsy, but I have the mother of all whacker choppers so i am biased I think.

Pete VanderLaan
06-12-2017, 08:04 AM
I used to have one Jeff Lindsay made but I sold it when I left Santa Fe. Josh Simpson has one that runs the cane in at a 45 degree angle so that gravity feeds the machine. It just has a simple cam that raises and lowers the carbide bit. It does a lot of murrini but I never saw it do 3/4 inch which had better be annealed well and have the expansions on the money or you'll get frit.

Jordan Kube
06-13-2017, 01:01 PM
It says "patent pending". I suppose anyone can say that. I'd imagine something like that would be hard to patent given all the prior art.

Pete VanderLaan
06-13-2017, 04:08 PM
I want to know why it would be pneumatic. The principle is an Archemedian wedge . I can't see why you would want to have to always have a compressor around if you used it. I mean I like compressors but I don't get it.

Sky Campbell
06-13-2017, 04:48 PM
I want to know why it would be pneumatic. The principle is an Archemedian wedge . I can't see why you would want to have to always have a compressor around if you used it. I mean I like compressors but I don't get it.

It's fast actuating and requires no effort. A micro switch and gravity feed it would almost be hands free. As far as air goes I thought compressed air was a requirement in a glass shop. How else would the pneumatic doors work? Haha seriously a ram that size with a spring return would require very little air per stroke.I have a pneumatic beer can crusher and it will work all night on a 10 gallon air pig (portable air storage tank). Helps keep the shop clean. Who doesn't like to smash a can to the thickness of a potato chip.

If I needed to cut cane you bet this is the design I would build. Cheers for the ingenuity. I do appreciate a good build.

Pete VanderLaan
06-13-2017, 06:33 PM
Well, the can crusher is a big seller. Does it have multi tasking?

Greg Vriethoff
06-14-2017, 12:36 AM
I'm not all that excited about it. The construction doesn't look all that sturdy to me.

It looks like it checks off a lot of the boxes that people would have for doing this in a production setting. The manual feed is the major exception in my mind.

Annealing and expansion/viscosity issues would be the big question mark for me. Are the images of the finished product indicative of a single run, or is there cherry-picking of the best pieces in the 3/4" range?

I don't have $1,600 to kick the tires, so I hope someone else will give feedback here.

Tom Fuhrman
06-15-2017, 06:41 PM
Looks like one I saw in a shop in Benicia, CA over 20 years ago.

David Patchen
06-15-2017, 09:48 PM
The manufacturer is sending me one for evaluation. I'll share my thoughts on it here after I play with it a bit.

Steve Stadelman
07-06-2017, 04:01 PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DDo_xfKZauA

My friend John Groth makes these for $860.00 they are well done.