Pros : it scores any average bottle just fine. It keeps things nice and straight and serves its purpose for the price.
Cons : unscrewing the nut and bolt every time you want to adjust the length is kind of a pain.
Other Thoughts : When it comes to getting a clean cut out of the bottle the instructions show you to use an ice cube! That in my opinion is why people are having trouble getting clean cuts with this thing. Candle, wet paper towel, candle, wet paper towel, slow and steady easy does it. Make sure you have a still flame and listen for crackles in the glass. About 3 is good under the candle for the first rotation and then move to the wet paper towel. Dry it off, cool it down then move it to the candle. Most likely you will get a clean break from the flame. if not move it to the towel again. when using the paper towel just wrap the wet part over your finger and drag it around the crack. Keep repeating and don't let the flame touch the glass.
Cons : As an art studio owner you think I should be able to make this work. I have over 34 years experience in glass cutting and can't make this work. I have tried over 30 bottles and can't get a decent break.
Tried all the tips from this site and from other online sources. Wish this was easy as I have lots of ideas.
Cons : I wanted to cut 1.5 liter bottles. I had to make modifications to the assembly in order to do this effectively. The instructions on how to use definitely need some work. First, you should make at least 5 revolutions of the bottle against the etching gismo. Getting a clean break starts with getting a full and consistent etch in the beginning. Instead of using the tedious candle and ice method of finishing the break, heat some water in a pot and in a separate vessel, make a volume of ice water - with cubes. Your easiest and best breaks occur by moving the bottle back and forth between the two containers of water. Start with the hot water being just hot to the touch and continue to heat until almost boiling. You will get a clean break easily.
Pros : I was excited to get the Ephrems Bottle Cutter. I was a little overwhelmed by all the steps in the direction book. But after practice on a few bottles I started to get the hang of it. I have made a few of the projects in the book that came with the cutter and found some ideas on the Delphi site.You do need to oil the wheel on the cutter every time you use it.This tool is a great thing if you want to recycle bottles into fun projects.
Pros : Easy to handle. Comes with everything needed to score, separate, and sand smooth.
Cons : Just a caution not really a con - plate that supports bottom of bottle must be tightened properly to prevent shifting.
Other Thoughts : I evaluated three bottle cutters based on online reviews before buying this one. I am happy with my choice. The cutter is easy to control. Other cutters appeared to be a balancing act but this one cradles your bottle. I can let go and nothing shifts. The third bottle scored and separated perfectly. Constant even pressure is important to keep the score line continuous with no missing spots. The candle and ice method works well to separate the glass. Don't put the bottle directly into the flame and be patient - slowly heat bottle. Watch the youtube tutorial, it was very helpful.
Pros : I worked with this bottle cutter for several weeks. It does score the bottles.
Cons : However, the scores are uneven and I never was able to make an acceptable score. I called support many times and checked through you tube and other videos for help. I never was able to find anything to help me achieve acceptable results.
Other Thoughts : To me, not worth the time or money.