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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LoveToSing Easily cuts up cardboard & opens hard plastic pkgs.
I bought this a year and a half ago in the middle of a long, complicated move; I hoped it might help. It did. Plus, it has turned out to be a very handy and frequently used tool in my home.
Initially, I used it to cut up a lot of moving boxes; it worked well. Because of arthritis, the torque involved in repeated use of a box cutter proves difficult for me. With this tool, I "zipped" through loads of cardboard (cutting it into managable pieces) while sitting and watching TV. It is not as fast as an expert wielding a box cutter, but it is safer and far easier to use. During the move, I also used it to cut away plastic film wrap, cut through heavily taped-up packing paper, and open taped boxes.
I now keep it on my kitchen counter and use it frequently. It is great at opening those hard plastic packages that so many things are sold in these days. I also use it regularly to cut up food boxes, especially Schwan's boxes. This helps keep my garbage volume significantly smaller and more compact.
Pros & Cons: It will cut various types and thicknesses of cardboard, but occasionally, you will have to remove cardboard residue (paper fuzz build-up) from around and behind the cutting blade. If the cardboard is extremely thick or multi layered, you have to push the ZipSnip slightly through it, or pull the cardboard slighlty towards it. I have successfully cut carpet with it. There are probably better (and more expensive) carpet cutting tools on the market, but this will cut straight lines. It cuts pliable plastic well too. Mine came with two types of chargers, one for the home and one for the car. I've used both. It stays charged for quite a while, and it recharges fairly quickly.
FYI: To start it, you must push the button while clamping the handle, but you DO NOT have to continue pressing the button once it starts. Oddly enough, this is not obvious when first using it. I have read several "hand cramping" complaints (on various websites) about having to do both while using it -- again, you do not! Once it starts, you just have to keep the handle compressed; when you let up on the handle, it stops. I paid $35 for mine; I feel it should be $25 or less. I have had mine a year and a half with a great deal of initial use and regular weekly use; now I need a new blade (two for $8). It still cuts, but in recent weeks, it more easily gets stuck in the cardboard while cutting through it.
Anyone with strength issues or arthritis in their hands, or anyone wanting help in opening those hard plastic packages or an easier way to cut up boxes should definitely own one of these. I do recommend this product.
November 30, 2012