Goldblatt Blade Runner Drywall Cutting Tool
Over the years, there hasn't been much innovation in the area of cutting drywall. The standard utility knife works fine even if it does have a few drawbacks. But now there's something called the Goldblatt Blade Runner on the market which looks like it might offer some advantages over the traditional "score, flip, snap, and score" method of cutting sheetrock and blue board.
The Blade Runner's big draw is that it cuts both sides of the sheet at the same time, eliminating the need for the second cut, which in our experience is usually results in a ragged paper-shredded line.
The Blade Runner is actually two pieces, each of which looks sort of like a computer mouse. When not cutting, they are separated by two legs which retract when they come in contact with a piece of sheetrock. At this point, the two halves stay aligned with powerful magnets, ensuring that the top and bottom piece are cutting the same spot. Because the drywall is being scored at exactly the same spot on both side, the cut doesn't need to be all that deep. Essentially, just the paper needs cutting, the rest will break off with a quick snap.
This looks like a nice idea, particularly after watching how it handles curves and arcs (video below). If this tool is what they say it is, we don't see any reason why it wouldn't speed things up considerably, which is funny to think about seeing as the Irish sheetrockers, at least up here in the Northeast, already work at a pace that threatens to collapse time. With the Goldblatt Blade Runner in hand, they might cause some serious problems.
The Goldblatt Blade Runner costs about $90.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 22, 2009 4:40 AM