Soap Cutters Comparison:
|Bar Cutters||Loaf Cutters||Pro Cutters|
|Single Bar Cutters||Loaf Cutters||EZ Way M&P Cutter||Manual Soap Cutter||Air Soap Cutter|
|Custom Sizes Available||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Can Make Bath Bombs||✔|
|Cuts||Single Bars||Single Loaf||Single Loaf||Blocks into loaves & bars||Blocks into loaves & bars|
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Soap Cutter FAQ:
Loaf vs. Bar Grid
What is the difference between the Soap Cutter with a loaf grid and the Soap Cutter with a bar grid?
I currently have a block grid cutter (a cheaper variety than the one you sell) and the wires break fairly often, sometimes even ruining some of the soap in the process. I need to know the probability of this happening with your unit.
I don’t know the gauge or type of wire you use. Our wire is a special grade that only one company in the world makes, as far as I know. We have sold over a thousand cutters over 12 years and seldom need to send replacement wire to anyone.
Sometimes it is not the wire but the wire tying method. We designed our wire bolts to work with the particular wire we use and to pull the wire straight on. We designed the wire bolts to allow tiny adjustments in the tension and to lock firmly in place.
Are the wires on your cutters individually controlled, and how are they tightened?
Each bolt has one wire. The tension bolts are machined to hold the wire so it does not slip – our system pulls straight through, not wrapping the wire around the bolt. Once the bolt is tensioned a couple of times, it should not need to be adjusted again.
Uneven Soap Bars
My soap cutter creates uneven bars – larger in the middle than the ends. How can I fix this?
Check your wires for centering – see instructions below.
- Flip the frame over and look at the wires.
- Check to see if the bolts have turned, allowing the wire to go off-center.
- If any bolts are off, re-center the groove and wire, then tighten the nuts on each side of the wire bars.
Do you make an adjustable cutter for different bar thicknesses?
There would be no adjustable cutter worth its salt. If there were, we would have invented it a long time ago. You would end up having the same problem you are having now – constant problems tensioning wires. The wires can only take so much loosening and tensioning.
When to Cut Your Soap
When should I cut my soap?
It is essential when using a wire cutter to cut the soap as soon as possible. Letting the soap cure and harden too long will result in breaking or stretching the wires. Smaller pours require less cure time. Many factors affect curing time, such as environmental surroundings, humidity, air temperature, insulation method, and soap recipe.
For instance: If you make a palm-based formula, you will de-mold sooner than a soy-based formula because it will harden faster.
Record what you see and experience – there is no hard and fast rule. Handcrafted Cold and Hot Processed soap have such a wide range of conditions. Remember, if you wait too long, it can be tough cutting through with your wires.
At first, start checking Manual Cutter™ Molds after about 20 hours. They will usually be ready between 24 and 36 hours, but this can vary greatly. Start checking Air Cutter™ Molds after about 36 hours. Again these are usually ready in about two to three days. The main thing here is to observe and take notes on your first few pours to eliminate mistakes.
You may test your soap by pushing on the top center of the pour. If it is spongy, it is not ready. If it is firm yet still soft, it is ready.
You can also test with a thermometer. Check in the center about mid-way down from the top. It should be ready when the temperature is below 90°F. After a while, you will know by the look and feel of your pour.