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spookhaven
03-28-2008, 07:34 PM
We were so overwhelmed attending Transworld for the first time and missed ordering a tool they were using to carve tombstones and foam. Does anyone recall the company that had this tool? I believe it was inside of the haunt section of the show. Thanks in advance!!

Barry
03-28-2008, 07:58 PM
I wasn't there but you are probably thinking of Hotwire Foam Factory - http://hotwirefoamfactory.com/home.php

Barry

drfrightner
03-28-2008, 08:48 PM
We bought the entire set. Very nice!

Darkangel
03-29-2008, 04:00 AM
What set did they show? They have so many.....

Darkangel

spookhaven
03-29-2008, 04:25 AM
Thanks folks for the quick response !!! I'm still spending money a week later. LOL

Motograter
03-29-2008, 06:30 AM
Screw that company. We had bad luck with them. My haunt partner and I where standing there for a real long time to purchase a set. The lady giving the demonstrations told us, you have my complete attention now what can I do for you two. We told her we wanted the set for $99.99. She said ok great let me get you guys started and get the kit. Maybe a minute goes by she starts helping another group of people out. We stood there for a good 25 minutes, cash in hand waiting to buy it. But noooo didn't even seem to acknowledge we where still there waiting for her to hand us the set. So we got pissed off and walked away. They lost a paying customer. ME I understand they where really busy at that show, but we stood there for almost one hour. Minutes and minutes before she told us she had our 100% attention and would answer any questions. and then minutes and minutes later when we told her we wanted to buy the one for $99.99 but never followed through so whatever

lurker
03-29-2008, 07:09 AM
They really are great tools to have. I've had my set for a couple of years, and I have only had a problem with one of them.
Don't let a bad sales person keep you from getting some of these tools. Call them, and tell them your story. Maybe they will toss in an extra discount or a free extra.

Motograter
03-29-2008, 08:39 AM
Yeah I'm pretty sure we might end up buying one, one day. We have a lot of brick work to do this year and it would help us out a great bunch!

damon carson
04-15-2008, 05:51 PM
How many tools are included with this. When I saw the pic it looked like something you could purchase at Wal-Mart years back? Just wanting more information. Thanks.
Damon

spookhaven
04-15-2008, 06:02 PM
Hotwire had several different sets to choose from. I think it depends on what you want. I believe the kit they had at transworld was the $99 kit.

drfrightner
04-15-2008, 08:03 PM
We bought EVERYTHING they had... I got my order in the mail just a few days ago. We haven't tested it yet but we're working on some VERY large tombstones so we plan on putting them to work this week. I can give you a report on how good they are.

As for the 'rude' person in their booth... she was nice to me, she took my order and everything was cool.

I will say I think they were overwhelmed a bit and they should have sent MORE THAN ONE person to a show that big. That was their mistake for sure, but I don't think the lady was rude in anyway, I think she was just overwhelmed.

I've experienced this before, with having 10 people trying to get your attention so then other people think you're being rude. You just have to be patient at these shows, or leave and come back.

Don't let your experience keep you from buying something that probably WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS!

If you plan on doing some foam carving then just buy the set!

Larry

mindtumor
04-16-2008, 06:07 AM
The incident motograter is talking about wasn't a matter of ten people trying to get her attention, it was a matter of her looking us in the face and saying " You have me complete attention, what can I do for you?" And then our response was "We would like..." At this point she turned her back on us and grabbed her tools and began demoing for some other group that walked up after us. I am glad she wasn't rude to you but being that we had stood there patiently for 45 minutes we didn't feel like waiting anymore after we were told we had her complete attention.

Motograter
04-16-2008, 09:54 AM
Yes and mindtumor and myself waited and waited. PLUS we left once already a first time and said we would go back later when it not so busy. Which we did and then got ignored so we walked off and never returned.

drfrightner
04-16-2008, 11:35 AM
Like I said the lady seemed really nice to me but...

C'mon now ONE person running a whole booth ... I think it was more of a case of being totaly overwhelmed. They should have sent more than one person that was their BIG mistake!

Larry

Dr Spooktakular
04-16-2008, 11:49 AM
It's a husband and wife team that go to all the haunt conventions, they usually go to Hauntcon and MHC. I bought all the stuff they had last year at HC, doesn't work to good on large projects. I found that using a jigsaw to cut was better and way faster than anything, using a large knife or utility blade did good for cutting, and a dremel tool worked great for smaller details and saved hours of time. The hotwire kit is good but I found basic tools that worked more efficient and way faster and were much cheaper.

mindtumor
04-16-2008, 12:28 PM
I never said she wasn't nice and I totally understand it is hard to deal in an environment like that without help running your booth. First of all it isn't that big a deal but believe me at the time we were first standing there she was NOT overwhelmed by customers. Trust me if you had been there at that time I am sure you would agree. But it doesn't matter it wasn't a huge deal. And I don't think SHE is rude it is just what happened at the time. The comments were made more out of us saying "We were going to get one but due to circumstance were unable to get one at the show". I am not saying that company is terrible or that lady was terrible. I know I still plan on ordering one.

GoryCorey
04-17-2008, 10:44 AM
Screw that company. We had bad luck with them. My haunt partner and I where standing there for a real long time to purchase a set. The lady giving the demonstrations told us, you have my complete attention now what can I do for you two. We told her we wanted the set for $99.99. She said ok great let me get you guys started and get the kit. Maybe a minute goes by she starts helping another group of people out. We stood there for a good 25 minutes, cash in hand waiting to buy it. But noooo didn't even seem to acknowledge we where still there waiting for her to hand us the set. So we got pissed off and walked away. They lost a paying customer. ME I understand they where really busy at that show, but we stood there for almost one hour. Minutes and minutes before she told us she had our 100% attention and would answer any questions. and then minutes and minutes later when we told her we wanted to buy the one for $99.99 but never followed through so whatever

2 Things.

1- They use contractors at these shows, I have been within spitting distance of them for 4 years now at shows, and I have only seen the same people demonstrating/selling 2x in at least 11 shows. Typically they have 2 to a booth.

2- IMO, the tools are only OK, and I have all the professional pieces.
a. The cutting wires are too flimsy, do no retain shaped when you want shapes.
b. The heat is too low for substantial foam cuts, to big a kerf you need to account for.
c.The cutting knife is friggin poorly constructed (should be called cutting spear) and have had the tip (the 6" length squeeze fitted to the handle) fall out repeatedly, something that should be spot welded!

I certainly have made far more substantial tools hot cutters that I turn to more often.

You get what you pay for.

Mind you, this stuff is great for the weekender hobbyist.
But it has no place in cutting/carving tombstones and other features with 20-30 sq ft of surface area designs in a reasonable amount of time.