Problems Using Your Hole Cutting Punch Die?

March 13, 2021

Larger hole cutters will require more pressure than the smaller ones -- sometimes a lot more, depending on the size. This is why we don't offer very large cutters.

They also work best with material that have some compression (ie. cushioning).
It may be difficult to cut a large hole through something very flat and thin, which is why it's sometimes helpful to place a scrap of plushy leather / vinyl / cutting mat on the bottom die.

Notes:
  • Some makes of the hole cutting dies have a spring in the middle.  Theoretically, this helps to prevent the cut circles from jamming in the top die.  But it isn't necessary for the die to function.

  • The hole cutting dies will wear out with use, and will need to be replaced periodically.  The top die may become duller, while the bottom surface will wear down. As to be expected, the harder the top die digs into the bottom die, the faster the dies will wear down.  This is another reason why placing a piece of  of plushy leather / vinyl / cutting mat on the bottom die is helpful.
You can contact us if you find yourself unable to use the die successfully.

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