Tool to cut Atlas Flextrack

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by davera, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. davera

    davera New Member

    I have tried using a hacksaw but the track just bends. I even built a benchwork platform to hold the track.

    At a recent train show (Bedford Boomers in Bedford, NH) someone there mentioned to try use a pair of nippers that are somewhat flat to avoid getting that pinched end result. But I think I forgot where I could get something that would suit HO track.

    any ideas?
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I use a cold chisel and a 5 pound sledge hammer. :D A dremel cutoff disk works great as does a rail nipper which should be found at most Local Hobby Shops (LHS) or Walthers or other online hobby shops EXAMPLE

  3. Davera - I use the Xuron rail nippers and they work beautifully. You can nip and nip at the track to nibble it down to exactly the length you need. I would never use anything else. To me, they are the perfect, fast, precise solution.
  4. ak-milw

    ak-milw New Member

    I usually use the rail nippers then clean up the end with a Dremel tool!:cool:
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Davera: a hack saw wont work with anything that can slip between the teeth. You can get a blade called a Razor Saw that has very fine teeth. Some stores sell a version with plastic handle and back; others have one that fits in an X-Acto handle. This was traditional before the flush cutting pliers; it's also in the top dozen tools for scratch-building and some kit-building.
  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    While I believe most people use nippers, I used an Atlas Super Saw to cut all of my track (and almost everything else on my layout). It is a fine toothed razor saw with a sturdy plastic handle. Cost about $3.95 online. Best money I ever spent. I've also used it to cut copper tubing, hardwood flooring, aluminum, moulding and a host of otherthings around the house. After two years, it is finally getting a little dull. Wish I bought a dozen. :thumb:
  7. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    Ya ya!

    Xuron or Dremel with cutoff disk... wear eye protection cause those discs have a way of breaking apart.
  8. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    I use a good pair of diagonal cutting pliers and clean up (minimal) with a file. Simple and fast. Hint: I cut with the "good" side of the rail on the left and apply a slight top to bottom "twist" as I cut.
  9. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I use my Craftsman rotary tool (demel clone) zings right through anything!
  10. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Dremel :thumb:
  11. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Well overlooking the fact that I would be lost without my trusty Dremel I have used the Atlas super saw or a razor saw..But,I must say I perfer my good old Dremel for cutting track. :thumb:
  12. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    I've been using a good pair of tin snips and filing. But I'm sure the dremel would speed the job up.
  13. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    Ditto! Xuron is hard to beat. They work great. Seldom need any filing either. :thumb:
  14. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I use an Atlas razor saw to mark where to cut when I have track in place and then use my Xuron tool. I rarely need to file the cut either.
  15. rcline

    rcline Member

    I have "THE" very best tool that I ever found! I just wait till my wife starts chewing my tail end and I jam the track into her mouth, a clean cut every time and it shuts her up!
    he he he!!!! not really! I use razor saw and file.
  16. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    I have a pair of very small bolt-cutters (I bought them to snip chain-link fence mesh) which work very nicely and leave almost no filing necessary.
  17. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    When I worked at Area 51 we cut track with a 5.000.000 MeV positron particle accelerator we were building for the Stratic Defense Initiative . It cut code 100 (and real rail too) like butter with no slag or residue. Then one night Jimmy cut some track without checking the radar and he cut an Aurora in half with the beam 65 miles away (oops). They made us quit using it for cutting track after that. Fred
  18. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    I like using the Dremel cut disc to cut my flextrack. Use goggles and be careful because at that high speed sometimes a small piece of track will fly off. Not only does the Dremel do a neat & clean cut but it sands the cut end at the same time.

  19. rcline

    rcline Member

    Hay Fred? Can I send you my caboose and would you use your particle acceleactor to do a chop top on it for me? Maybe cut in a gull wing door on the side while your at it?
  20. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    You're treadin' on thin ice there rcline :eek:

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