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Paper Cutters

We have compiled a list of the most common paper cutter questions from our customers and have put them in this useful paper cutter & paper trimmer FAQ. If you are trying to learn more about paper cutters, or are in the initial stages of looking for a paper cutters, this FAQ is perfect for you. Feel free to read through this. Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for more information on paper cutters.

Which paper cutter is best for cutting photographs?

There are many paper cutters out there that can be used for cutting photographs, but the most popular paper cutter used for this purpose is the rotary paper cutter. This is due to their stability and precision. To see an example of a rotary paper cutter go here.

Which paper cutter is most accurate?

For low-volume paper cutting, a rotary paper cutter will be your best bet for precision. For high volume paper cutting, there are many guillotine stack paper cutters that use a laser to determine exactly where the blade will cut, making it possible to cut 500+ sheets of paper at once to within 1/64 of an inch. Arm paper cutters have come a long way over the years with Kutrimmer paper cutters being very precise.

Which paper cutter cuts the most paper?

Guillotine stack cutters win this one hands down. Most stack paper cutters can cut 100's of sheets of paper in one swift pass of the blade.

Which paper cutter is best for scrapbooking?

Rotary paper cutters are the most common cutter used for scrapbooking. This is due to the precision of the rotary blade and the fact that many rotary cutters have interchangeable blades, like the Carl RT-200, that offer the option of various cutting patterns.

Can my paper cutter's blade be re-sharpened?

It depends on the paper cutter. Guillotine stack cutters can have their blades re-sharpened, but it is recommended to still have a replacement blade on hand to prevent downtime while the dull blade is being re-sharpened. Rotary paper cutters often have self-sharpening blades, but once they are completely dull they must be changed. Arm paper cutters can be re-sharpened, but replacements blades are also available.

Is it possible to get replacement parts for my paper cutter?

We can get you replacement parts for any paper cutter we sell. This includes blades, springs, gears, clamps and much more. Just call our service department and let them know what you need and they can provide you with pricing and availability.

What is a guillotine cutter?

A guillotine cutter, also referred to as a stack paper cutter, is a high-volume paper cutter designed to cut through hundreds of papers at once. The blade comes straight down onto the paper, much like the old French guillotines. Many people get guillotine cutters confused with arm paper cutters. They are two different machines. You can find our entire selection of guillotine stack cutters here.

What is a rotary cutter?

A rotary paper cutter uses a pizza cutter-like blade to slice through paper, photographs, lamination and more. These types of paper cutters are very popular for precision-based jobs. The blade typically slides along a bar.

What is an arm cutter?

An arm paper cutter is one of the most common types of paper cutters used. Arm cutters utilize a cutting arm, usually attached to the side of a base, which is manually pulled down to cut the paper. These types of paper cutters are commonly found in schools and classrooms. Higher-end metal constructed arm cutters are now available from manufacturers such as Dahle, HSM and Kutrimmer. You can find arm cutters here.

Are paper cutters safe?

Most paper cutters have had safety measures built in to prevent accidents. Guillotine paper cutters are almost impossible to use if built-in safety precautions are not implemented. Arm paper cutters often include a plastic shield to prevent accident. Although most paper cutters are perfectly safe for adults, adult supervision is still required when being used by a child.

Which is the best paper cutter?

It is difficult to determine a best paper cutter, due to the wide variety of types and styles of paper cutters available. I can provide you with a few customer favorites. For rotary cutters, Rotatrim is by far the most popular model available. With arm paper cutters, Kutrimmer by Ideal is very popular. With guillotine paper cutters, Triumph by Ideal is by far the most popular model purchased.




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