Dahle or Kutrimmer – Which Guillotine Trimmer Should You Use?

Posted by: James on November 12th, 2012

Guillotine Paper CuttersWhen 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.

Kutrimmer & Dahle Safety Features

  • 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.


MBM Kutrimmer Guillotine Paper Cutters – Where Quality Meets Precision

Posted by: James on October 24th, 2012

Kutrimmer Paper CuttersWhen 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. MBM Kutrimmer 1110 Heavy-Duty GuillotineMBM 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.
  8. 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.


Kutrimmer 1058 Guillotine Paper Cutter Review

Posted by: James on September 7th, 2011

Kutrimmer 1058 Guillotine Paper TrimmerProfessionals that have to cut a lot of paper, such as teachers, professors, print shop workers, or scrap bookers, know how important it is to have a table top paper cutter that can make precise cuts. Paper that is cut into wrong angles can cause books, documents and other projects to look like it was cut by a cross eyed ninja with a broken sword. That’s why the Kutrimmer 1058 paper cutter is a good choice for any school, church, print-shop, in-house design department, publishing company or any other business that requires slicing paper.

The Kutrimmer 1058 is a table top paper cutter that makes old style table top paper cutters look like a butter knife.  The cutting board and arm-blade have several innovative features that make it more practical and efficient for making precise cuts on single sheets of paper or thicker stacks. The design of the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter makes the paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort.

To operate the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the single sheet or stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed to cut sheets of all sizes and can handle thin novelty paper or heavier bond paper. The Kutrimmer 1058 is a medium-duty paper cutter than can accommodate cutting a stack of 40 sheets of paper. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut.  The hand clamp keeps the paper from moving while it is being cut, this helps insure precise cuts. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. Once the paper is positioned and secured, the user pulls down on the cutting arm of the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter and slices through the paper, making strips or smaller sheets.

The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter has several features that make puts it on the cutting edge of desk top paper cutter machines. The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter has several safety features to prevent injury, the most prominent of which is the plastic sheath that keeps the blade covered during cutting. It also has precision side guides to ensure each cut is the proper dimensions.  The front gauge is adjustable using a calibrated rotary knob with fine adjustment scale, enabling it to cut extremely narrow strips of paper. In fact, the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter is able to cut strips as narrow as 1 millimeter.

The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter is a product of the MBM Corporation. According to their website, MBM has been producing state-of-the-art finishing equipment for the graphics and printing industries for over 75 years.  MBM is the leading manufacturer of small format paper cutters in the world and have one of the best warranty packages in the business.

There is a lot to like about the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The safety features can’t be beat, and the ability it has to cut such narrow, precise strips of paper make it ideal for craft shops, schools, and print shops. Its all-metal construction, and cutting blade that can be re-sharpened make it a durable choice that will provide years of use.

You can purchase the Kutrimmer 1058 table top paper cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.


Looking for Stack Paper Cutter Under $800

Posted by: Morgan on February 22nd, 2011

Tamerica GuilloMax Plus Manual Paper CutterQuestion

I would like a recommendation for a manual stack cutter under $800. I am in the stationery business and currently own a QCM 8200, which I am unhappy with.

I need to know which of your cutters is the most precise, as I am a perfectionist. I need STRAIGHT cuts to exact measurement. Would prefer a self sharpening blade if possible. I need it to cut 100# cardstock 20-50 sheets at a time.

I also would like it to be easy to use.

Wondering if the GBC ClassicCut Guillotine Paper Trimmer CL800pro fulfills my requirements?

Thank you for your time.

The problem I had with the QCM is that it is not a perfect square. I had to align the backstop ruler manually and the side gauge is totally useless since it is not a perfect square when screwed in. Also the cuts are about 1/8\” off if you go by the ruler guides.

Yesenia A.


Unfortunately you will not find a stack paper cutter under $800 that will meet all of your stated cutting requirements. One simply does not exist. However, for a slightly higher investment we recommend the Tamerica GuilloMax Plus Manual Paper Cutter. This is a precise stack cutter with several high-end features.

The Guillomax stack cutter is a guillotine-style cutter capable of slicing 800 sheets of paper in half with a single stroke of the blade. The GuilloMax Plus is easy to set up and operate. It also has a laser guide for added cutting precision. Its wheel-driven paper clamp holds a stack of paper firmly in place, thus eliminating most cutting slips and errors.


New Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper Trimmer Video Demo

Posted by: James on May 28th, 2010

Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper TrimmerWe recently shot a video demo of the Dahle 561 guillotine paper trimmer a few weeks ago and it is now available online. I have to say that I am very impressed with this trimmer. I have used several Kutrimmer guillotine paper trimmers over the years and have to say that the Dahle 561 is right up there in both quality and ease-of-use.

If you have ever used the older wood-base trimmers, you know how hard the arm can be to pull down. The arm on the Dahle 561 premium guillotine was extremely easy to use. Another impressive feature of the Dahle 561 is the clamping mechanism. As soon as the arm comes down, the clamp holds the paper in place. There is no play in the paper at all, which means the cut is dead on straight.

You can find the Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Trimmer here. It is reasonably priced and a great investment if you are looking for a high-quality paper trimmer.

Here is the actual video demo we shot of the Dahle 561. Enjoy!