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Victor sent “The Pumpkin gutter”, a Halloween gadget that attaches to your drill, and well, it guts your pumpkin… $11.99 [via] – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. jswilson64 says:

    That has just been added to my “go get” list…

  2. philliptorrone says:

    js, can you take pics/send us a review?

  3. isnoop says:

    Oh crap. I have one of those. But I call it a beater with one of the blades removed.

  4. jswilson64 says:

    Sure, I can post a review, but we don’t usually buy our “carving” pumpkins until the week before Halloween. So, it’ll be a while before there are any “in action” shots.

    Unless I raid my neighbor’s porch, that is… :-)

  5. ehrichweiss says:

    Can someone tell me how this is supposed to save time and energy when you still have to remove the guts? When we sculpt(as opposed to “carve”) we gut it with a large metal spoon, scraping the inside lightly and using the spoon to pull the guts out, and takes less time than it would to find the drill, put the device in and then use it.

    If this removes the pumpkin flesh as well as the guts, it could be useless to sculptors since many of my projects require as much pumpkin as possible so we can do “shading” and the like.

    If there’s a benefit I’m unaware of then I’d love to hear it, otherwise, I have lots of spoons and they’re free.

    Of course, for us, the “cutting edge” tools are for woodcarving with the best being the trusty Dremel.

  6. widgetdude says:

    I just tried one of these a week ago and I’d love to tell you how this saves time and energy. After a few trips around the inside of the pumpkin with the Gutter, I turned the pumpkin over and let gravity remove the seeds and strings which had been cut loose.

    So, 1. there was no “removing the guts” involved, 2. Even a sculptor can appreciate the great job this thing does regardless of whether or not you remove extra wall thickness (which it does really well, and makes cool pumpkin chips), and 3. As long as I had the drill out, I had some fun with a spade bit and also used a regular drill bit’s side as a sort of roto-zip saw.

    When I was finished, the Gutter went into the dishwasher and came out looking new. I like it!

  7. jason_in_dallas says:

    I accomplished this task with similar results last year by using a spaghetti server in my cordless drill. The trick was to loop a couple of strands of weedwacker line through the hole in the handle for the drill to have something to tighten down on (in lieu of a bit).

  8. jason_in_dallas says:

    I accomplished this task with similar results last year by using a spaghetti server in my cordless drill. The trick was to loop a couple of strands of weedwacker line through the hole in the handle for the drill to have something to tighten down on (in lieu of a bit).

  9. bandix says:

    I’m with isnoop, don’t you people own a kitchen mixer? If you don’t they’re like $12 at your local Target or Wal-Mart. There’s no reason you can’t just lock a mixer blade into your drill’s chuck and go to town.