Dahle 842 Stack Paper Cutter Review

Posted by: James on December 13th, 2012

Dahle 842 Stack Paper CutterIf 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.


Reviewed: Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter

Posted by: James on August 26th, 2011

Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper CutterPrecision paper cutting is of extreme importance to print shops, in-house design departments and publishing companies.  No one wants the edges of their books, magazines, flyers, or print marketing pieces to look like they were sliced by a drunken samurai with a dull sword. That’s why the Dahle 858 stack paper cutter is a good choice for any business that involves slicing think volumes of paper.

The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter is a guillotine style paper cutter.  The off-with-their-heads style action of the Dahle 858 paper cutter makes it more practical and efficient for slicing thick reams of paper. Arm or rolling style paper cutters tend to make more jagged cuts on thicker stacks. The design of the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter makes the guillotine paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort. It also has user convenience features that ensure that cuts will be as precise and clean as the original factory edge.

To operate the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed for heavy-duty use and can accommodate a stack of paper 700 sheets thick. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has an automatic cutting system that will securely hold the stack of paper to prevent shifting during the cutting process. The user will then pull down on the ergonomically correct handle to bring down the blade and make the cut.

The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has several features that make it a cut above other heavy duty paper cutting machines. Prior to user pulling the cutting lever, a laser targeting light is projected on the paper to show the exact spot the blade will touch the paper. This effectively prevents any crooked cuts and ensures precision edges.  The ergonomic handle is designed to reduce fatigue and minimize the exertion needed to cut through thicker stacks of paper.  There is also a built in safety cover that prevents potential injuries.

The 858 Paper Cutter is a product of Dahle North America, Inc. a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of business machines and office products. According to their website, Dahle has been developing and manufacturing quality and durable office equipment using cutting edge technology since 1930, and is one of the top office equipment manufacturers in the world. And based there their track record they seem to know what they’re doing.

There is a lot to like about the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The fact that it can cut through bricks of paper repetitively without breaking the user’s back or wearing out the user’s arms is a big plus. The built in electronic console that verifies each step of the cutting process is also a convenient touch the maker added. And after you’ve used the laser cutting guide you’ll never know how you went without it.  It’s recommended that purchasers also get the optional floor stand for better performance and stability.

You can purchase the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of stack paper cutters here.


Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders 2011

Posted by: James on June 22nd, 2011

Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper ShredderAre you in the market for a new paper shredder? Perhaps you need a model because last year’s model broke down or burnt out. Regardless of the reason you’re looking for a paper shredder, chances pretty good you want something that will hold up. With literally hundreds of different models floating around, it is probably tough to sift through the clutter and find a shredder that fits your bill. I have compiled this list of highly reliable office paper shredders.

Before I provide you with my list of best office paper shredders 2011, let me familiarize you with the “best” paper shredder manufacturers available. These brands may not be as familiar to you as many of them are not commonly found in your local department store. These shredders are, however, very well known among the government and military.

Top Paper Shredder Brands

Do these brands sound familiar? These brands compile the best office paper shredders modern technology has to offer. They have proven track records, have been around for years and to be honest, our Customer Service Reps love them because the don’t have to deal with after-sale issues.

So what do I consider to be a good shredder? I have a few requirements:

  • To begin with, a paper shredder must have a continuous-duty motor. You shouldn’t have to wait around for a shredder to cool down, especially in an office.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice shredding capacity. You don’t want to have to wait around a paper shredder like water cooler, waiting for a few sheets to finish shredding before you insert the next 5-6 sheets. You need something that allows you to shred at least 15+ sheets at a time. Stay away from wimpy shredders.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice bin size. I recommend at least a 15 gallon bin or larger. If you can afford it, go with a shredder that has a 30 gallon bin or larger. Larger bins mean less bag changes and time saved for you!
  • Get a shredder with a nice feed opening. I personally like at least 10″ or wider for office use. A wider opening will be able to handle disorganized stacks of paper better and will also be better able to handle computer forms. Some higher-end departmental shredders have openings as wide as 16″!

So here you go, my list of the top 10 best office paper shredder for 2011. Shredders are arranged alphabetically.

  1. Dahle 20614EC Heavy Duty Shredder
  2. Dahle 30414 Cross Cut Paper Shredder
  3. Dahle 20800EC Office Paper Shredder
  4. Formax FD 8500 Office Shredder
  5. Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper Shredder
  6. Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper Shredder
  7. MBM Destroyit 4002 Heavy Duty Shredder
  8. MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Office Shredder
  9. MBM Destroyit 3105 Office Shredder with Auto Oiler
  10. HSM 411.2 Departmental Paper Shredder

So there you have it! The top 10 office paper shredders (designed for departmental use) for the year 2011. These 10 shredders are all from the top 4 paper shredder brands available today. I wish I could have added a few more shredders, but wanted to keep the list around 10. All four of these brands offer other models that may be better suited for smaller businesses.

Of these shredders, 70% of them are German engineered and German built. I have personally found that German paper shredders tend to hold up better than shredders made in “other” countries. This isn’t always the case, but is a good rule of thumb.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call one of our shredder experts at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions.


What is the most accurate paper cutter?

Posted by: Morgan on April 26th, 2011

Paper TrimmerA rotary style paper cutter comes highly recommended for low-volume paper cutting. Rotary cutters deliver the best option for precision and accuracy when trimming a few sheets of paper at a time.

There are several stack paper cutter models available for high-volume paper cutting. These cutters use a laser light that helps you line up your stack of paper and determine exactly where the blade will slice. This makes it possible to cut 500 or more sheets of paper at a time within an amazing 1/64 of an inch!

Manufacturers of arm style paper cutters have improved the accuracy of their machines over the years. Kutrimmer and Dahle brand paper cutters are known in the industry for their precision and quality cutting capabilities. Be sure to ask one of our customer service representatives for the paper cutter model that will best fit for your specific needs.


Looking for Paper Cutter With Finger Guard

Posted by: Morgan on February 17th, 2011

MBM Kutrimmer 1071 Heavy-Duty Arm TrimmerQuestion

I am looking to buy a paper cutter 24” with guards for fingers. (OSHA approved a plus) what would be your recommendations?

I was looking at this model:

Dahle Model 124 Guillotine Paper Cutter & Trimmer

Will this be a good option?

Jacklyn G.


The Dahle 124 Paper Trimmer is definitely a good machine. In the right hands, it performs accurate and relatively safe cuts. However, if safety is a big concern we highly recommend the MBM Kutrimmer 1071 Heavy-Duty Arm Trimmer by Ideal.

The model paper cutter 1071 has a hard-to-miss safety cover that keeps the blade covered and protected at all times. This ensures personal injury to the user is a non-issue. We like the MBM Kutrimmer 1071 because you can cut up to 40 sheets of paper (up to 28 ½-inches long) at a time. And, it has a convenient built-in hand clamp that keeps constant pressure on the stack of paper, ensuring a straight line with every cut.


Does the Dahle 858 Stack Cutter Have a Paper Clamp?

Posted by: Morgan on August 13th, 2010

Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper CutterQuestion

I have a Dahle 858 cutter and am looking for an attachment that will hold multi page booklets in place without slipping. Do you carry these?

Bill K.


How thick are your multi-page booklets? And what kind of paper are you using? The Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper Cutter can slice through 700 sheets of paper at a time — almost a ream and a half of paper! That’s quite a lot for a manual stack cutter. The model 858 can cut paper up to 18-5/8-inches wide too. The actual cutting action with the model 858 doesn’t take a lot of effort; however, we have found that Triumph cutters are comparatively easier to use.

The automatic paper clamp in this cutter is quite a bit different from clamping devices that we have tested at Office Zone in the past. Most high-end stack cutters have a separately operated clamping mechanism that holds the paper in place before cutting. The Dahle 858’s clamp and cutter are simultaneously activated by using the cutting handle. The clamp, although unusual from our point of view, seemed to hold the paper in place just fine while cutting various sizes and thicknesses of paper. The manufacturer does not provide a separate attachment to hold paper in place.


How Do I Choose A Paper Shredder That Will Last Me For Years?

Posted by: admin on December 15th, 2008

Paper shredders come in all sizes, shapes and capacities. Choosing the right paper shredder up front will save you a lot of time and money. Knowing a few basic questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge will help eliminate a lot of useless paper shredders from your list.

What are the most common paper shredder complaints? Here are a few of them. The most common complaint is: “My shredder keeps jamming.” Also brought up are concerns about the motor overheating, Paper Shredderhaving to change the srhedder bag too often, the inability to shred staples and more.

If your paper shredder keeps jamming, chances are pretty good that you are shredding too much paper at a time. Before buying a paper shredder, be well aware of how many sheets of paper you would like to shred at a time. Also be aware that if you need to shred 25 sheets of paper at a time, don’t buy a paper shredder that will shred “up to” 25 sheets. Paper shredder manufacturers often like to hype up their shredders. They want to let you know the absolute maximum number of sheets you can run through the shredder before ruining it. This number is usually far too high to run on a continuous basis. We recommend you find a paper shredder that will shred at least 20% more paper than you need.

If you need to shred 25 sheets of paper at a time, buy one that will shred up to 30 sheets of paper at a time. Also take into consideration that your shredding volume may increase in years to come.

Not all paper shredders are designed to run on a continuous basis. Many paper shredders have a failsafe that turns the motor off if it gets to hot. This is to prevent damage to the motor. Many paper shredder manufacturers now put thermally protected motors in their shredders. These are known as continuous duty paper shredders.

It is highly recommended to buy a paper shredder with continuous-duty capabilities, even if you won’t be shredding on a continuous basis. You never know when you may need to shred a lot of paper in a day. Most paper shredders will say “continuous duty” on the box. If shopping online, most sites will also state “continuous duty” as a feature.

Is your paper shredder bin filling too quickly? Many people do not realize this, but a strip cut paper shredder will fill up a bin on average almost 60% faster than a cross cut paper shredder. This is because cross cut paper shredders, also known as confetti cut shredders, cut the paper into smaller pieces and easily compact in the shredder bin. Some cross cut paper shredders cut paper into smaller pieces that require even less bag changes. Also be aware that shredders are available with larger bins.

Many people want to be able to shred paper without worrying about staples or the occasional paper clip. In the past, metal pieces would almost definitely ruin shredder blades. Many shredders are now made with hardened steal blades capable of handling staples and the occasional paper clip. Again, this is usually listed on the box or Web site. It is still recommended not to shred particles of metal if it can be helped, but it is nice to have the assurance that a staple or paper clip will not ruin the shredder.

There are many brands of paper shredders available. Many department stores sell low-volume Chinese-manufactured paper shredders that can break down easily. There are a few trustworthy brands that are made from quality parts that will give you an edge on durability. These brands include Destroyit, HSM, Intimus, Dahle, Formax and Kobra. Many of these paper shredders are German-engineered and German-made.

Last, but not least, is maintenance. Proper shredder maintenance will extend the life of your shredder by several years. Many people do not realize this, but paper shredders need to be oiled on occasion. This isn’t a complicated process or messy like changing the oil in your car. It simply involves squirting oil on a piece of paper and running it through the paper shredder. You should oil a paper shredder every time you change the shred bag. It doesn’t take much, but it helps eliminate friction and metal-on-metal wear.

Regardless of the individual or company, everyone should use a paper shredder to destroy sensitive and personal information. Contact Office Zone for more information on paper shredders.