Soap Cutters Info Page


Soap Cutters Overview:

  • Cuts 1 bar at a time
  • Manually powered
  • Cuts any type of soap
Long Loaf Cutter cutting Soap Loaf
  • Cuts 1 loaf at a time
  • Manually powered
  • Cuts cold/hot processed soap
  • Cuts loaves up to 15″ long
  • Available cutting sizes: 0.375″ (9.5mm) – 2″ (50mm)
EZ Way M&P Pneumatic Glycerin Soap Cutter
  • Cuts 1 loaf at a time
  • Pneumatically powered
  • Cuts hard M&P soap
  • Cuts loaves up to 17.5″ long, 4″ wide
  • Available cutting frame sizes: 0.875″ (22mm) – 2″ (50mm)
Manual Soap Cutter with Loaf Grid
  • Cuts multiple loaves and bars at a time
  • Manually powered
  • Cuts cold/hot processed soap
  • Average batch size: 80-100 pounds
    • 40-50 pounds per soap block
  • Custom made to your specifications
Pneumatic Air Soap Cutter with Large Production Mold
  • Cuts multiple loaves and bars at a time
  • Pneumatically powered
  • Cuts cold/hot processed soap
  • Average batch size: 100-130 pounds
  • Custom made to your specifications
  • Can convert to Bath Bomb MultiPress

Soap Cutter FAQ:

Loaf vs. Bar Grid


Question:
What is the difference between the Soap Cutter with a loaf grid and the Soap Cutter with a bar grid?

Answer:
They are one and the same! You get two cutting frames with your Air Soap Cutter and Manual Soap Cutter – a Loaf Cutting Frame and a Bar Cutting Frame. The Loaf Grid cuts the face of the bar or width and length. The Bar Grid cuts the thickness.


Breaking Wires


Question:
I currently have a block grid cutter (a cheaper variety than the one you sell, made of wood and recycled plastic), and the wires break fairly often, which is time-consuming to replace, sometimes even ruining some of the soap in the process. I’m not sure why, but I need to know the probability of this happening with your unit.

Answer:
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.


Wire Question


Question:
I have a few questions about your wires. I have a cutter with guitar tuners, and it keeps losing tension. I am not at all thrilled about this. I have to constantly re-adjust the wire tension. Another problem is turning the knobs; it is tough to do when putting a lot of tension on the wire. What is your method? Is each wire individually controlled with your cutters, and how are they tightened?

Right now, I think I use an 18 gauge wire, and some of my harder bars are very hard to cut. After one or two cuts, I have to redo the tension on the wire.

Answer:
The problem with using a heavy wire and guitar tuners is that the tuner cannot handle the heavy wire. The result is that it slips and loses tension.

We machine our tension bolts to hold the wire, so it does not slip. Our system pulls straight through. The wires do not wrap around the bolt. We make tens of thousands of these bolts every year and have found no better method. With that said, we are always looking for ways to improve.

Once it is tensioned a couple of times, it should not need to be adjusted again. There should be little stretch left. We have customers who have gone several years before re-tensioning their wires. We try to get most of the stretch out of the wire before it leaves here.

Each bolt essentially has one wire. If you want individual wires, we can do this for a small charge, but it makes no difference in the performance of our system.


Uneven Soap Bars

Question:
I have been very happy with the soap-making equipment I purchased from you. The only problem I’ve been having is that when I cut the bars, the middle rows of the cutter produce larger bars than the end rows. Otherwise, they turn out very nice, and I can make my soap much more efficiently.

Answer:
You should check your wires for centering. Flip the frame over and look at the wires. The bolts may have turned, allowing the wire to go off-center. (The wire groove on the Wire Bolt is on the side of the bolt). You may need to re-center your groove and wire then re-tighten the nuts on each side of the wire bars. The wire bars have precise centers, so the only way for a wire to be off is for the bolt to have rotated a little.


Adjustable Cutters?


Question:
Do you make an adjustable cutter for different bar thicknesses?

Answer:
There would be no adjustable cutter worth it’s 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


Question:
When should I cut my soap?

Answer:
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.


View our Soap Cutters:

Air Cutter - Soap

Air Cutter – Soap

The most versatile high production Soap Cutter and Bath Bomb Press on the market! Designed for the handcrafted SoapMaker & Bath …
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AirCutter Loaf Frame

AirCutter Loaf Frame

Air Cutter Loaf Frame Custom made to your requirements. Cuts block of soap into loaves. Note: A new Air Cutter …
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AirCutter Bar Frame

AirCutter Bar Frame

The Air Cutter™ Bar Cutting Frame and Table Custom made to your requirements. Cuts loaves into bars.
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Manual Cutter Work Bench

Manual Cutter Work Bench

Stainless Steel Bench designed to make using your Manual Soap Cutter easier. The perfect height to attain proper leverage on …
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Videos:

Air Cutter cutting Loaves and Bars
Manual Cutter cutting Loaves
EZ Way M&P Cutter cutting Bars
Loaf Cutter cutting Bars

Soap Cutter Comparison Chart:

Key Features of our Wire Soap Cutters
Air CutterManual CutterEZ Way M&P CutterLoaf CutterLong Loaf Cutter
Custom Designed to your Needs and Specifications
AvailableAvailableAvailable
Professional High Production Soap Cutter
Precise Cuts – Dimensional Uniformity (4)
Quickly & Easily Cut 1,000’s of loaves and bars per day
Quickly & Easily Cut 1,000’s of bars per day
Cuts Melt and Pour (M&P, Glycerin Soap) Loaves into Bars
Cuts Cold Processed (CP) Loaves into Bars
Cuts Hot/Oven Processed (HP, OP) Loaves into Bars
Cuts Cold Processed, Large Blocks into Loaves & Bars
Cuts Hot Processed, Large Blocks into Loaves & Bars
Professional Air Powered Production
Cut Long Loaves into bars (No Length Limit)
Available in stock sizes
Average Mold Capacities (Cured Bars – Using a 4oz (113gr) as an average).325-370 bars1 cell, 130-150 bars
Purchase Recommendation, Based On Bars Per Week
3000 or more
(1)
500 or more
(1)
Specialized
(2)
Start-Up
(3)
Start-Up
(3)

(1) Quantities based on efficiency and best value. Equipment costs vs. Labor saved.
(2) Primarily designed to cut M&P loaves, but is capable of cutting HP and CP loaves.
(3) Great for an initial start-up, but primarily designed for cutting specialty CP and HP loaves into bars.
(4) Custom designed bar size – precisely cut to achieve smooth, clean lines requiring no clean up of the face or sides.

Air Cutter cutting Loaves into Bars
Manual Cutter cutting Trim Cut
EZ Way Cutter Bars
Long Loaf Cutter Bars
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