I decided to get the cutter out of the box and give it a try. I don't have an other dies except the one that came with it, but I have a few on order. Wish I had known before I ordered them that Joanne's carries them. Oh, well, it will do me good to practice a little patience! Well, practicing patience is a real challenge for me. I guess you could say I'm patience challenged!
Anyway, I grabbed a handful of scraps and started cutting 2" finished HSTs. Got about 100 cut in less than ten minutes. I found I couldn't turn the handle at all with my right arm which is weaker because of the shoulder replacement. But I'm ambidextrous, so it was easy to switch hands and try it from the other direction. I had a hard time getting the die to go through until I figured out how to best position myself in relation to the cutter while cranking. Also, I think I need a lower surface than the dining room table. That will give me a little more leverage with the crank.
Yep, I think I'll be able to use this for a lot of projects. Now if that darn order would hurry up and come in!
Watch out Stash Room! Here I come!!