How to build this styrofoam cutter at Lowes?

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Old 09-09-16, 09:34 AM
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How to build this styrofoam cutter at Lowes?

I've been looking for solutions to create packing peanuts from bigger pieces of styrofoam and finally stumbled onto this video. How can I build this tool/device with items found in Lowes (I also have a hobby lobby nearby)? I'm not very electrically astute but I can follow instructions to get the job done. Thanks for any suggestions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfhTjzeforw
 

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Old 09-09-16, 10:12 AM
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That's kind of cool, although I sure wouldn't want to breath the fumes!

Have you looked at the other videos on You tube for Styrofoam peanut makers? A couple of them give more information about how to build one.

I built a single wire foam cutter for use while insulating, and I found this page useful: Nichrome wire and transformer selection

The trick with this project is keeping tension on all the wires and keeping them from touching. Otherwise it's like building 50 single wire foam cutters.....Of course the power supply needs to be able to supply 50 times the current of a single wire. Nothing magical about 50, I just picked it as a 25 x 25 grid of wires seemed about right.
 
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Old 09-09-16, 10:26 AM
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This was the only video I could find on the topic. There's lots of information about single wire cutters, and you can even just buy those all day long. I need to make something like what you see in that video. A grid pattern to cut the styrofoam down into little pieces quickly. Regarding your last paragraph, i wish there were an emoji for "that went right over my head" lol
 
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I found another video, this one with a bit more detail than the first, but I still wouldn't attempt to make this myself because I don't know squat about electricity:

https://youtu.be/pL1aHvn_AP8
 
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but I still wouldn't attempt to make this myself because I don't know squat about electricity:
Ummmmmm...... ok. So why is that video posted ?

If you want to build one yourself you can see what is involved.
 
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I'd rather hire someone to build it for me
 
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