Archive for the 'Paper Cutters' Category
Posted by: Office Zone on July 15th, 2013
When you need a tool for slicing and dicing photos, paper and card stock, a solid paper cutter is a must-have tool. You don’t want something that will cut crooked, dull quickly or cause you a massive headache. You probably don’t want something that is just a step above a pair of scissors. One solid paper cutter, considering what you get for the money, is the Kutrimmer 1135 guillotine cutter from MBM (found here). I have personally used this very cutter on many occasions and would like to share my thoughts about it with you.
MBM stands for Michael Business Machines. This company, based out of South Carolina, is a national dealer for a wide range of high-end German machinery from IDEAL Krug & Priester. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Triumph stack cutters and Kutrimmer. These products are known for their precision engineering and high build quality.
The Kutrimmer 1135 is a guillotine paper cutter. This means that it features an arm blade that rubs against a base blade in a scissor-like fashion. These types of paper cutters used to be found in schools everywhere and featured a wood base. The downside to these older guillotines is that they didn’t have a clamping mechanism and when the blade became dull, it would pull the paper while cutting it, resulting in a very crooked cut. Luckily modern guillotines implement a wide range of technology that makes them far superior to the older guillotines.
To begin with, the Kutrimmer 1135 is made of metal. Everything from the base to the arm is made of metal. The only plastic components are the guide, safety shield and hand grip. A built-in clamping mechanism forces the paper to stay in place during the entire cutting process. The result of these improvements means a very straight and very accurate cut. The metal used in the blade is made of German Solingen steel, which is arguably some of the best in the world.
Something else you find in this cutter that you definitely didn’t find in the guillotines of a decade ago is an optical cutting line. This laser line shines right across the paper. While the included sliding guide is ultimately all you need to align the paper, the laser makes it easy to make fast and accurate visual adjustments. Wherever the light shines, the blade will cut. It’s that easy.
Assuming you are cutting standard 20# bond paper, this cutter will handle up to about 25 sheets at a time. It can also be used to cut photos, card stock, laminated material, clear covers and more. Just be aware that the cutting capacity will change depending on how thick the material is that you are cutting.
Slicing through paper using this cutter is actually pretty easy. Every time I have used it the blade cut through the paper without any issues. This is due in part to the double pivot bearings and aluminum blade mounting bracket. It’s just very easy to move, handle and manipulate. It weights about 13 pounds shipped and I can pick it up and move it around very easily. Rubber feet on the bottom of the cutter help keep it in place.
I recommend using this at home, in the office, at church or in a school. It really is a nice general-purpose cutter. It can cut a little of everything and very accurately.
If you still have questions about this cutter, give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find all of our guillotine paper cutters here.
Posted by: Office Zone on June 17th, 2013
When it comes to stack paper cutters (found here), there are many things you should be aware of. Quality ranges greatly and the types of machines available are many. I would like to cover what I have come to learn about stack paper cutters over the past decade of working with them. I will answer a some common questions and cover several popular terms in the industry.
So what is a stack paper cutter? A stack paper cutter is a machine that is designed to cut a stack of paper in a single pass of the blade. The amount varies, but it is typically several hundred or more sheets at a time. This type of paper cutter is popular with businesses that produce paper, printed material, marketing material or handle paper on a daily basis. Because these cutters are capable of trimming down so many sheets at once, jobs are done quickly and output is high.
So what are the different types of stack paper cutters? While it can be argued that there are over a half dozen different types of stack cutters, I like to break them down into three categories. These are manual stack cutters, electric stack cutters and hydraulic stack cutters. Here is what each entails:
- Manual Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – These are the most affordable stack cutters available. They don’t feature any kind of motor and are totally manually operated. While manual and cutting stacks of paper don’t seem to belong in the same sentence, these machines actually make cutting paper easy. These cutters use a long handle that is pulled down to cut paper. While not all manual stack cutters are equal, most are very easy to operate and require little force to cut through paper. Popular brands include Triumph, Dahle and Intelli-Cut. These cutters also feature a manual clamping mechanism. Manual stack cutters are ideal for light to medium-volume cutting.
- Electric Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – These types of paper cutters use a powerful electric motor to do all of the cutting. These types of paper cutters range greatly in features. Some include an electric clamp, where others have a manual clamp. The backstop also varies a lot. Some adjust themselves and others require the operator to turn a hand crank to adjust the back stop. These are the most popular paper cutters for higher-volume jobs. Depending on the cutter, these can be used for medium to high-volume cutting jobs. Some cutters are also programmable, allowing the operator to simply input some data and the machine does the rest. Some include the ability to remember these settings for repeat and common cutting jobs.
- Hydraulic Paper Cutters (found here) – If you are cutting thousands of sheets of paper per day and need the most powerful cutting force available, then a hydraulic stack cutter is what you need. These cutters use hydraulics to drive the cutting blade, producing an amazing amount of force. These cutters are excellent for daily repeated cutting of chipboard, card stock and much more.
Things To Look Out For – When it comes to shopping around for a high-quality stack paper cutter, most electric and hydraulic machines are solid. I find most quality issues in the manual cutter category. This is because there are a lot of cheap imitation machines made that simply aren’t up to par. Most of these fall in the sub $500 category. That isn’t to say you can’t find a good cutter under $500, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Unfortunately when it comes to stack cutters, you often get what you pay for.
I highly recommend you get a stack paper cutter that has a clear plastic guard in the front and back of the machine that prevents access to the cutting blades during the cutting process. Most brands, such as Dahle, Intelli-Cut and Triumph implement many safety features. You just can’t be too safe when dealing with a powerful machine like a stack paper cutter.
If you still have questions about stack cutters, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We would love to help you out.
Posted by: Office Zone on April 12th, 2013
Restaurant menus come in all shapes and sizes. Some businesses go with something simple like a “to go” menu, where others go all out. Some simply laminate a sheet of paper and put the menu on both sides. At Office Zone we offer a wide assortment of tools (found here) that can help you crate your own in-house menu that will look professional and give you control over how it looks. Here are a few products that we offer that you may want to consider using.
One of the most common tools you will find in the restaurant trade for creating a menu is a laminator. Why is this? Because laminators provide a protective barrier that is scratch, wrinkle and moisture proof. This is ideal, especially since a menu can be re-used over and over throughout the day. You don’t want to be creating a new menu on a daily basis…right? Here are some tools our customers like to use for laminating their menus:
Pouch Laminators – The pouch laminator is the perfect tool for laminating a menu. Most of our customers use either letter-size laminating pouches or menu-size laminating pouches (found here). If you are using the larger 12″ x 18″ menu-size pouches, I recommend you use a laminator that is at least 13″ wide. This provides ample room for laminating and also gives you room in case the pouch isn’t fed in perfectly straight.
Here are two menu laminators I recommend using:
- Intelli-Lam IL400 (found here) – This laminator is both affordable and durable. It features a 13″ wide laminating width and four rollers for added quality.
- Akiles iLam 340 (found here) – Akiles makes great products and the iLam 340 is a great example. This laminator has a 13″ laminating width and comes equipped with everything you need to laminate menus.
PAPER FOLDING MACHINES
Many people like to give menus to customers to take home. This makes sense. I personally have menus at home for various restaurants around the community. Sometimes it is easier to simply break out a menu at home and place an order than try to look it up online. Paper folding machines can be used with letter-size or 11″ x 17″ to 12″ x 18″ paper, depending on the machine. Paper folding machines can also create some really cool and unique folds.
Over the years, I have found that restaurants like to use three primary types of folds with their menus. These are the half fold, the letter fold and the gate fold. Here are some images representing the three folds:
So which machine should you use? It really all depends on the size of paper, thickness of paper and volume of paper you are using. I would like to recommend two machines for folding menus:
- Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folder (found here) – This machine is excellent for folding standard letter-size paper. It is affordable, yet versatile enough to create most of the folds that you will need. It can even be used to create a gate fold, which looks great with a menu.
- Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folder (found here) – If you are folding larger sheets of paper, you may want to use a machine like this. The DE-172AF can be used with paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size. It can also be set up to create a letter, half or gate fold.
The last item you may want to consider using for your in-house menu creation is a paper cutter. These can be used to trim down your menus, cut off excess lamination film and much more. There are three main types of paper cutters you may want to consider using when making menus.
- Rotary Paper Cutters (found here) – These cutters use a round cutting wheel that is ideal for precision cutting. These cutters are generally used for trimming a few sheets of paper at a time and are excellent for trimming off excess lamination, photos, paper and more.
- Guillotine Paper Cutters (found here) – These are very similar to the arm cutters you may have seen in school as a kid. They feature a long pivoting blade attached to a base. These cutters, especially those by Kutrimmer, are excellent for cutting several sheets of paper at once. Unlike cutters of the past, these ones produce remarkably straight cuts.
- Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – These are the cutters you need if you are trimming down hundreds of menus at the same time. They are especially good if you are cutting a large stack of letter-size or menu-size documents in half or simply trimming around the edges.
Hopefully this helps you in your search to find machines for creating in-house menus. We have years of experience doing this, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any question.
Posted by: Office Zone on December 13th, 2012
If you’re in the market for a budget stack paper cutter, the Dahle 842 (found here) is definitely a model you may want to consider. Stack paper cutters are very popular with businesses, copy centers and print shops that need to cut down large stacks or high-volumes of paper down to smaller sizes. The trouble with stack paper cutters, at least those you find on Ebay and elsewhere, is that they are assembled using tinker toys. I have used the Dahle 842 and this is my review.
The Dahle 842 is the first in Dahle’s Professional Series of stack cutters. It is German engineered, which in the cutting world is a very impressive fact. Dahle has been manufacturing shredders and cutters for decades now. A decade ago I was luke warm to the idea of a Dahle paper cutter, but over the past 10 years they have made some significant improvements to their designs and build quality.
As mentioned earlier, the 842 is Dahle’s entry level stack cutter. It can be used on a tabletop or with an optional floor stand. It is designed to compete right along with Intelli-Cut’s and Triumph’s line of stack cutters. It is a budget cutter. As of the time of this article, it is just over $1,200 with free shipping. This is a steal considering it can be used repeatedly throughout the day.
This cutter is completely manual. While it is gear driven, and features a lengthy leveraged handle, it still requires the operator to manually pull the clamp lever and the cutting handle. The good news is that it doesn’t take much effort to use. It can cut through 200 sheets of standard paper (about a 7/8″ stack). This is significantly more than you could ever do with a rotary or guillotine cutter. The cutting blade is made out of authentic German Solingen steel.
Unlike the Intelli-Cut and Triumph cutters, which use nice clear acrylic guards, the Dahle 842 features metal guards designed to keep fingers and hands safe. Dahle’s larger stack cutters feature clear acrylic guards. This is a safe cutter, but I do like the clear guards found on the other stack cutters. For the price, it really won’t affect the end results.
The biggest downside to this cutter is the limited 200 sheet cutting capacity. If you need a Dahle with a bit more cutting oomph, but still has the same cutting width, I recommend upgrading to the Dahle 846 (found here). The Dahle 846 has a 500 sheet cutting capacity, more than double that of the Dahle 842.
I’ll be honest, the Model 842 doesn’t have the finesse of a Triumph or Intelli-Cut paper cutter, but for the price, it is a great alternative. I consider it to be a well-built cutter and I think you’ll be very happy with it.
If you have questions about this stack cutter, or other models we offer, please call us at 1-800-543-5454. We have a lot of experience with stack cutters and would love to answer your questions or provide you with advice. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.
Posted by: Office Zone on November 29th, 2012
We recently had a customer that was trying to track down some cutting sticks (found here) for their Intelli-Cut stack paper cutter (found here). What was odd is they seemed to be burning through these things quickly. A cutting stick, which is a type of plastic stick that the cutting blade touches when completing a cut, typically last a long time before it even needs to be rotated let alone replaced. After asking a few questions, I figured out what they were doing.
It ends up the customer didn’t realize that a cutting stick can be rotated. In fact, they didn’t realize this, but a cutting stick can be rotated a total of eight times. This is because the stack paper cutters are designed not to cut into the middle of the stick, but off to the side. This allows you to rotate the stick four times and then turn the cutting stick around and use it four more times. This means a single cutting stick should easily be able to last for months without needing to be changed.
Here is a diagram showing where the blade typically rests in the cutting stick:
As you can see from the diagram, you can get a lot of use out of a cutting stick. Changing cutting sticks on Intelli-Cut, Triumph and Dahle stack cutters is very easy. The Intelli-Cut and Triumph stack cutters have a hole on the side of the cutter where you simply pull out the stick and insert a new one. This makes removal, replacement and rotation extremely easy..
So how do you know when your cutting stick needs to be rotated? As a stack cutter makes repeated cuts, the blade rests in the cutting stick. This is designed to protect the blade, maintain a sharp edge and to cut through all the sheets of paper. When a cutting stick begins to be worn, you will often notice that the last page or two will not cut all the way through.
Stack paper cutters are amazing machines. They can be used to cut down stacks of paper, card stock and much more. Some can cut up to as much as 3″ of paper in a single pass. At Office Zone, we have a lot of experience with stack paper cutters, cutting sticks and paper cutter maintenance. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.
We are also able to perform repairs and find replacement parts for Dahle, Intelli-Cut, Triumph, Standard and Martin Yale stack cutters. This includes replacement blades, electronics, safety guards and much more. You can contact our service department by calling 1-800-543-5454 x129 or by filling out this form.
Posted by: Office Zone on November 12th, 2012
If you have ever shopped around for a paper cutter (found here), you may have seen the terminology “self sharpening blade” touted as a selling feature. This sounds almost too good to be true, right? How can a paper cutter blade possibly be self-sharpening? Is this a gimmick or is it the real deal? I would like to answer a few of these questions and more in this article.
The first thing you should know is that the term self-sharpening is almost entirely coined by the rotary paper cutting business. Rotary paper cutters are those trimmers that have the round pizza cutter-like blade that rolls across the paper. Rotary cutters come in all shapes and sizes. Some have blades that rest into a plastic strip (typically cheaper cutters) and then there are those that slide against a metal base blade.
The cutters that slide against the metal base blade are known as a self-sharpening cutter. The idea is that the rotary cutting wheel is positioned in such a way that it rubs against the base blade in such a way that it is constantly sharpening the rotary cutting wheel. This means as you are cutting your paper or photos, you are also simultaneously sharpening the cutting wheel. Here is a picture showing what I am talking about:
So is this “self-sharpening” system real or is it simply a gimmick? I can attest to the fact that a self-sharpening cutter will hold its edge longer than those rotary cutters that simply roll along a plastic strip. Will a self-sharpening blade eventually dull? Yes, it will eventually dull with time. While the self-sharpening system isn’t magic, it does accomplish what the engineers set out to do. It does in fact extend the life of the blade and maintain an edge for a longer period of time.
Some guillotine cutters, especially those from Dahle, also claim to be self-sharpening. As the arm blade slides against the base, it rubs against a base blade much like a pair of scissors. This friction action acts like a knife on a whetstone, which helps keep the blade sharp. This also helps the guillotine maintain a decent edge over a long period of time.
When it comes to rotary paper cutters and trimmers, I find Rotatrim, Akiles, Dahle and Foster Keencut to be great cutters that utilize high quality blades that are designed to hold up with continued use. These cutters (found here) are excellent for photography use, scrapbooking use, copy shop use and more.
If you are looking for a decent rotary paper cutter or a guillotine, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We would love to help you out!
Posted by: Office Zone on November 12th, 2012
When it comes to guillotine paper trimmers (found here), there are two main brands you should consider using; these are Dahle and Kutrimmer. Both brands have been around for years and both implement high-quality German technology into their products. So which of these two brands should you consider purchasing? Dahle or Kutrimmer.
If you were to ask me ten years ago which of these brands I would consider purchasing, I would have answered Kutrimmer hands down. This isn’t because Dahle was junk, but because Kutrimmer was so much better. Kutrimmer has remained the industry standard, but Dahle has gone to great lengths to re-design and improve their current tabletop trimmer lineup.
Here are some features that I really like about both:
- Safety – Both Kutrimmer and Dahle have implemented safety technology into their guillotines to prevent personal injury. Kutrimmer uses a Plexiglas guard to prevent fingers from accidentally touching the blade. Dahle uses a corkscrew-like guard that wraps around the blade as the blade moves. It is very unique and pretty cool to see in person. I would consider both cutters to be equally safe even though they both use different technologies. Here is a picture of the two safety measures side-by-side.
- Blade Quality – Both cutters use razor-sharp German Solingen steel in their cutter blades. Solingen steel is considered to be the best steel available for knives, blades and cutters. The blade holds its edge. I would say the blades on both machines are of similar quality and are both similarly effective.
- Cutter Quality – The cutters themselves are both made from durable metal components and they both do a great job of cutting down paper, card stock, laminated documents and more. I would probably give Kutrimmer a slight edge up on this one, but not by much.
- Clamping – Both Dahle and Kutrimmer typically incorporate some sort of clamping mechanism to help prevent paper shift during cutting. This helps to keep lines straight and accurate. I think both brands of cutters use equally effective clamping mechanisms.
- Setup and Operation – Both of these brands are easy to set up, both usually feature measurements for paper alignment and both usually have printed on the base common cutting patterns. Both usually have some sort of guide or backstop for paper alignment. I would say they are both equally as easy to set up and align for cuts.
- Additional Features – One thing I really like about Kutrimmer that Dahle has not implemented on their cutters as of this article is a red optical cutting line. The cutting line makes it easy to see exactly where the blade is going to fall, making setting up the cutter extremely easy.
In conclusion, I would have to say that both Dahle and Kutrimmer make some great guillotine / tabletop paper cutters & trimmers. I still give Kutrimmer a slight edge, but Dahle is an excellent second choice. If the Dahle is cheaper in price, go for it. You won’t regret it.
Please feel free to speak with us at 1-800-543-5454 about any of our guillotine paper cutters our trimmers. You can find our entire selection of both Dahle and Kutrimmer guillotines here.
Posted by: Office Zone on October 24th, 2012
When it comes to guillotine paper trimmers, few have the quality or reputation that Kutrimmer has (found here). Kutrimmer, made by MBM, has been around for years. These cutters are known for their razor-sharp Solingen steel blades and their precision German engineering. The only manufacturer to come close over the years has been Dahle, also a German engineered cutter. So is a Kutrimmer the ideal cutter for you?
Guillotine paper trimmers simply aren’t what they used to be 30 years ago. Those large wood base cutters had no real safety measures in place and they could potentially be dangerous. Kutrimmer has taken the design of the old wood-base trimmers and has taken it to the 21st century. Modern guillotines now feature metal bases, non-skid rubber feet, smooth pivoting handles and safety shields that keep fingers away from sharp parts. Modern guillotines also include clamps, which helps keep cuts straight and true.
As mentioned earlier, Kutrimmer paper cutters are made in Germany and are German engineered. In the world of precision machined office equipment, this is a very good thing. The quality on these cutters is as good as it can get. At Office Zone, we carry eight different Kutrimmer cutters with most of them (as of this article) available with free freight.
Here is a list of the eight models we currently offer:
- MBM Kutrimmer 1134 (found here) – This cutter has an amazing 25 sheet capacity and is the least expensive Kutrimmer we offer. It is excellent for tabletop use and includes a side guide, a Solingen steel blade, a cutting line indicator and an adjustable back guide. This is great for use in schools, churches and businesses.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1135 (found here) – This is an upgraded version of the 1134 that includes an easy-lift release clamping lever. It can be used to cut paper, features a solid metal base and creates extremely precise cuts every time.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1046 (found here) – This cutter has a nice 18″ cutting length, making it ideal for cutting standard paper sizes as well as larger art prints and other material. The Solingen steel blade is extra sharp and easily maintains its edge for a long time. It can be used to cut up to 30 sheets of paper at a time.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1038 (found here) The Kutrimmer 1038 features extended front guides, an extra tough hand lamp and can be used to cut through up to 50 sheets of paper at a time! (based on 20# bond paper). This trimmer has a 14.75″ cutting length and is excellent for use with standard sizes of paper or smaller. It is also excellent for trimming down photos.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1058 (found here) The Kutrimmer 1058 is one of the few 23″ long cutters that has a 40 sheet cutting capacity. This cutter features a metal base, a safety guard on the cutting blade and a heavy-duty clamp. This is a great trimmer for framers, artists, schools and more. It is easy to use and the blade makes straight cuts simple.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1071 (found here) – The Kutrimmer 1071 is a heavy-duty cutter with a massive 28.5″ cutting length. It can be used to cut up to 40 sheets of paper at a time and is one of the largest guillotines we offer for tabletop use. The guide, combined with a Solingen steel blade, can be used to cut paper as thin as one millimeter.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1080 (found here) – This cutter is a floor unit that is designed for print shops, copy centers and other locations where a variety of paper sizes need to be cut on a regular basis. This heavy-duty cutter has a large 31.25″ cutting length and it can be used for cutting up to 40 sheets of paper at a time and has a hairline trimming capability. It includes a sturdy metal stand.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1110 (found here) – This is the largest guillotine trimmer MBM has to offer. It has a very large 43.75″ cutting length that can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. This impressive cutting length makes this cutter excellent for cutting down large prints, signs, banners, posters and much more. It includes a durable stand and is made with precision German engineering.
These types of paper cutters are commonly used to cut anything from paper and card stock to matt framing and more. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper cutters and trimmers here. Please call us at 1-800-543-5454 for answers to your paper cutting questions.
Posted by: Morgan on May 1st, 2012
The Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutter
We often receive phone calls at Office Zone from shoppers who need a paper trimmer that will do much more than handle small home crafts and similar projects. Smaller, budget-friendly paper cutters certainly have their place and most perform well and meet expectations. However, if you need a paper trimmer that offers extremely long duty life and precise cuts, then the Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutter from Rotatrim is without question your best choice.
At Office Zone, we feature several rotary style paper cutters on our showroom floor. Without question, the Rotatrim paper trimmer is the one that is used 99 percent of the time by or office staff. And whenever a member of our sales team plans to do a product demonstration for a local customer, the Rotatrim is always the model of choice. Why? Because it’s simply the most consistent, most accurate paper cutter in its class. Once a Rotatrim brand machine leaves the building, it’s not coming back. Period.
The Professional M Series cutter is the ideal option for photographers, graphic artists serious srapbookers and other industry professionals who require a paper cutting tool that will meet their high standards for quality. The unique design of this Rotatrim brand cutter features a twin chrome-plated steel rail. This innovative design alone sets this cutter apart from the competition. The stability of the two-rail system guides provides professional accuracy and impressive results. The machine also includes a clear, self-clamping strip that secures sheets of paper for added accuracy.
Professional Rotatrim M Series cutters are available in a wide range of cut lengths from 12 inches (305mm) to 54 inches (1374mm). Materials up to 3mm thick are easily and accurately cut with this machine. Rotatrim machines boast blades that are called self-sharpening. What this essentially means is the unit features long-lasting tungsten steel flat and rotary blades that rub against each other with each cut. This does not mean that blades will not dull over time, but this unique trimmer design does help extend the life of the cutting unit.
Manufactured in England, Rotatrim Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutters are backed by a 5-Year warranty guarantee. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to find out more about our lineup of rotary paper cutters from Rotatrim.
Posted by: Office Zone on September 16th, 2011
If you’re shopping around for a paper cutter, you may be thinking, “which of these models should I choose?” There are hundreds of different paper cutters out there from literally dozens of different brands. So which paper cutter should you go with? I will explain some of the most common paper cutting projects, the best paper cutters to use and the pros and cons of each style of cutter.
To begin with, there are 3 main types of paper cutters. There are divisions within those categories, but most people categorize paper cutters as:
I’ll go into more detail in this article what each of these paper cutter types are and what they are used for.
The term paper cutter and paper trimmer are often used interchangeably. Most industry experts, however, consider trimmers to be light-volume machines and paper cutters to be medium to higher-volume machines.
What do most people cut? Having spoken to thousands of customers, most people want to cut paper, photographs, card stock, business cards and laminated materials. Here is the paper cutter you may want for each of these projects:
- Photos / Photographs – If you are cutting photos, I generally like to steer people towards rotary paper trimmers like those made by Rotatrim, Dahle or Carl. They are precise, excellent for alignment and are affordable for photographers and scrapbookers alike. If you are looking for a multi-purpose cutter that can also handle photos, you may want to consider using a guilllotine paper cutter.
- Card Stock – If you are cutting down dozens to hundreds of sheets of card stock, I recommend using a stack paper cutter. These amazing cutters are capable of cutting entire reams of paper, with some even capable of cutting up to 3″ of card stock at a time. If you are only cutting a few at a time, I recommend to first consider a guillotine paper cutter and then a rotary paper trimmer.
- Business Cards – I first and foremost recommend using a business card cutter. These cutters are designed to cut standard 3.5″ x 2″ cards. Simply print your cards and run them through one of these handy machines. If you are cutting non-standard size business cads, or need to cut hundreds to thousands of them, I recommend using a stack paper cutter. In a few passes, a stack paper cutter can create thousands of cards.
- Laminated Paper – If you are cutting out menus, signs, ID badges or other laminated paper, I recommend using a rotary paper cutter like those made by Dahle or Rotatrim. These trimmers are designed for precision, and thanks to self-sharpening blades, the lamination film does not easily dull them. If you also need to cut card stock, chipboard and other material, a guillotine paper trimmer also does a great job.
Now that we have covered some of the most common uses of paper cutters, let me go over the pros and cons of each style of paper cutter.
- Rotary Paper Cutters – These cutters are extremely precise, which is why they are so popular for cutting photographs, art prints and artwork in general. They are also great for cutting paper, cover stock, laminated material and much more. The only downside to rotary paper cutters (aka rolling paper trimmers) is that they don’t usually have the cutting capacity of guillotine or stack cutters.
- Guillotine Paper Cutters – Guillotine paper trimmers are one of the most common style of trimmers used in schools and copy centers. Many of the older guillotine trimmers cut crooked and were a little dangerous. Modern guillotine trimmers have excellent paper clamps, razor sharp blades and are chuck full of safety features. Simply put, guillotine paper cutters are the best rounded machines out there.
- Stack Paper Cutters – Stack paper cutters are available in manual, electric and hydraulic designs. The are designed for high-capacity and heavy-volume cutting. You will often see these cutters in print shops, copy centers and other locations where hundreds of sheets of paper need to be cut at a time. These workhorses are great for cutting a lot of paper, but are not the best machines for cutting a single sheet or a few sheets of paper.
Hopefully this helps you determine which cutter is best for you. We have over 30 years of experience with paper cutters and trimmers, so feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 for advice on the right paper cutter for you. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper cutters here.