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Xacto X73780 Precision Soldering Iron and Hot Knife Tip

2.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • Precision soldering iron and hot knife tip
  • Stainless Steel With Heat-Resistant Plastic Handles
  • No-Roll Flange For Increased Safety
  • Hot Knife Attachment For Accurate Cuts Through Plastic, Styrofoam and Candles
  • This is an aftermarket of generic part
  • UL Approved
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Sold as each. 30 watt, 720 degrees. No roll flange. Plastic handle. Rapid heat build-up and constant temperature. Removes epoxy, cuts plastic, Styrofoam, candles. UL listed. Manufacturer number: X73780. Country of origin: Taiwan. Distributed by Elmer's Products, Inc. For more than 65 years, Elmer's Products, Inc. has been providing creative adhesive solutions that support success and turn ideas into reality.

From the Manufacturer

The X73780 has a stainless steel with heat-resistant plastic handles and no-roll flange for increased safety. Hot knife attachment for accurate cuts through plastic, Styrofoam and candles. UL approved.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number X73780
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.8 x 4.8 x 1.4 inches
Item model number X73780
Power Source corded-electric
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B000BRBZUG
Customer Reviews
2.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #224,110 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#166 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Welding & Soldering > Soldering & Brazing Equipment > Soldering Guns & Irons > Irons
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available December 17, 2004

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By Peter Z. Hilligoss on February 19, 2009
I have built many architectural models over my career as a student and I usually count on Xacto for making decent products. This one however, did not work. The solder tip screws in fine to the threaded barrel, but when you want to make precise cuts into styrofoam as I do, you physically CANNOT attach the knife attachment to the threaded barrel. This is supposed to work the same way a knife tightens by spinning the textured barrel, yet the screws are not long enough to secure the blade.
Simply put, if you want a cheap soldering iron with a useless hot knife attachment that doesn't heat up enough to cut foam, buy this-if not, select another model.
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It's sad when we have come to a time when once reputable companies sell such substandard products. The review that said junk was being nice. The tip does not screw in far enough to secure to the iron. I worked around this by grinding some of the barrel so the tip would screw in further. This worked until the barrel split in half. We live in an age of a disposable society. Companies exist by making inferior products, and when they fail we just toss them and move on. Skip this product, the land fills are full enough.
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Originally I got very excited about finally being able to use the Xacto blades I already had in a hot knife, but the problem is it doesn't work that way. The Xacto blades are too thin and simply cannot transfer any heat through the cutting edge. BUT there is some hope...

I am cutting heavy nylon webbing with mine, but not with the blade tip. The package also had a round tip that carried heat much better. I made this into a more bladed tip by heating the unit up and hammering the round tip flat. This makes it a bit denser as well to hold heat. I then took the tip to a grinding wheel to make it even sharper. Works very well now. Just don't expect the blade tip to do anything that a normal Xacto handle can't.
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It never heated up. The copper area where it connects got hot, but the tip itself did not.
So. I thought I would use it as a knife without any heat, and its very awkward to hold. I got this to cut stencils, thinking it would be more precise and that I would avoid over-cuts.
It doesn't work hot or cold.
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Good product all around, I use it for cutting tool box layouts from foam mats for aviation toolboxes. My only complaint is that it takes two cuts to cut through thick foam. It is a 35 watt soldering iron, a longer blade and higher wattage iron would help a great deal. The blade adapter will screw into any standard size soldering iron, and will accept any x-acto or similar blade so there is a great deal of flexibility. In either case this product easily melts through foam up to 3/8 of an inch thick in its standard configuration.
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For the modest price advertized I frankly didn't expect much of a tool. However when it arrived I was surprised to find it a well made, perfectly functioning tool! It looks and seems to be as serviceable and nicely balanced as my 30 year old iron which is finally ready for retirement. I am well pleased with this purchase.
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Had to cut through a 1/8" thick dashboard on car to do a repair (vs. removing the entire dash). The knife tip does NOT work. The very end of tip would leave a score mark but not hot enough to penetrate until many repeated passes later. Then, once the blade was embedded deep enough, the heat at that area just melted and fused together the "cut" that you were trying to make!!! VERY counter-productive.What should have been a 5 - 10 minute job took me 2 hours. Shortly after starting, the entire tip bent either from heat and/or pressure; by the end, even the base of heat rod was deformed and bent. They need to remove the word "Precision" from this product name/description - not! Had hoped to keep for other projects, but this is being returned.
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I bought this to work on a craft project. It is light weight and easy to use. I like the idea that when the tip gets dull you can replace it with another blade. The only drawback I can tell you is that is is EXTREMELY HOT. Do NOT use with small children around. This is very dangerous and should only be used by an adult.
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