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How To Choose The Best Rotary Paper Cutter

Rotary Paper Cutters & Trimmers Rotary paper cutters are one of the best paper trimmers for precision cutting. They are great for cutting photographs, for scrapbooking and much more. Rotary paper cutters are not all the same and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Finding the right rotary paper cutter may seem difficult, especially when just beginning to look for one. We have come up with a list of common questions to help you find a rotary trimmer that will work for you.

How much paper would you like to cut?

One of the primary differences between different models of rotary paper cutters is the amount of paper that they can cut. This varies quite a bit. Most entry-level rotary trimmers are only designed to cut a couple of sheets at a time. Some higher end cutters can cut several dozen sheets of paper, aluminum, plastic and more. Be sure you purchase a cutter that can handle what you need to cut now and in the future.

How big is the paper you will be cutting?

Rotary paper cutters come in several different sizes. One particular model of cutter may come in five different sizes. The width of the machines doesn’t typically change, but the length does. Be sure you get a rotary cutter that is long enough to cut your largest sheet of paper. The longer rotary cutters are still capable of cutting smaller sheets of paper without any loss of quality.

How frequently will you use the cutter?

Frequency can also be a determining factor in your purchase. Entry-level cutters, usually under the $100 price range, are not designed to be used all day, every day. This doesn’t mean entry-level cutters are junk, it just means they are designed for low to medium-volume use. This would include scrapbookers and those who cut the occasional document or photograph. Many higher-end rotary cutters, such as Rotatrim, are designed to be used on a frequent basis.

How much stability would you like in the cutting head?

Rotary paper cutters have a cutting wheel that cuts through paper. That wheel sits in a cutting head. The cutting head slides along a bar. The first type of bar used, often found in entry-level cutters, is a single round bar. This bar has a little play in it, affecting the quality of the cut. Many manufacturers have changed the round bar to a square bar. The square bar helps cut down on the play in the cutting head. Some manufacturers, such as Rotatrim, opted for using two round bars for the cutting head, almost eliminating all play, creating a very stable and straight cut.

Additional rotary paper cutter features:

Rotary Paper Cutters & Trimmers Novelty Blades - Some rotary cutters offer the option of changing out the rotary blade to use other blades with cutting patterns. These are especially popular with scrapbookers.

Wall Mount - Some paper cutters offer the option of a wall mount. This is often used with a paper dispenser attachment for pulling down and cutting off paper.

Paper Dispenser Attachment - Paper dispenser attachments are a bar used in conjunction with a roll of paper with a core. The paper-dispensing bar goes through the core of the paper roll and holds it in place. The paper is then fed through the rotary cutter, effectively making the rotary cutter a paper dispenser.

Catch Tray - A catch tray is used to catch trimmed paper pieces. Many people like this for use with larger rotary cutters for keeping things clean and cutting down on paper scraps on the floor.

Stand - Many larger rotary trimmers have the option of being used with a stand. This is ideal in situations where a table or counter is not available. Stands also make it possible to easily access and use the cutter from all angles.