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Posted:  03 Aug 2015 15:15
We are struggling to find gate cutters that will last longer than 1-2 days.  We are cutting gates < 1".  Our gate cutters currently come from IMS & IMS has been to our company to see what we are cutting & could not make any suggestions to improve the life of their cutters.  Would be interested to hear what tools others are using for cuts less than 1". 

Connie Robinson
Posted:  07 Aug 2015 15:36
Hi Connie,

We do a good bit of automated gate cutting. We typically have round or rectangular gates. Our largest gates are 1/4" x 1/4". We use nipper bodies by JDV with very good success (months between blade changes typically). Here is the site for JDV: They will also make custom blades for your application, but you will pay for that service.

Any gate cutting company should be able to make a good recommendation based on: Material being cut, gate cross section, and number of cuts per unit of time.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

Steve Melancon


Steve Melancon
Posted:  10 Aug 2015 21:07
Thank you Steve, I will check out the website for JDV.

Connie Robinson
Posted:  10 Aug 2015 22:41
Your welcome Connie. Good luck!

Steve Melancon
Posted:  02 Sep 2015 17:30
PPE makes some good cutters as well. We have used Heated gate cutters as well when cutting larger gates.
Posted:  02 Sep 2015 19:08
Steve Crescent has had good success with IMS Gate Cutters (133163 and 131481).
Ellen Rusell

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