Different Types of Paper Cutters & Trimmers
It isn’t uncommon for a customer to ask me what the difference is between a guillotine cutter and a rotary cutter. With about a half dozen different “styles” of paper cutters out there, it’s easy to get stumped. So what are the different types of paper cutters and trimmers and which is best for you? I’ll go through them in this article.
One common question I get asked is, “Is there a difference between an paper cutter and a paper trimmer?” Both paper cutter and trimmer are fairly interchangeable, however, paper trimmer is typically applied to lower-volume machines where paper cutter is applied to just about everything.
As previously mentioned, there are about a half dozen different types of paper cutters. All of these cutters have different uses and purposes, depending on the application. I will briefly explain all 6 different styles.
Rotary Paper Cutters – Rotary paper cutters use a round blade (some a simple razor blade) that sits in some sort of a cutting head. The cutting head sits on a rail and slides back and forth, cutting paper. Rotary paper cutters are known for their extreme precision and are very popular for cutting photos.
Guillotine Paper Cutters – Guillotine paper cutters, sometimes called arm or lever cutters, are great multi-purpose machines. They typically consist of a cutting blade and a long blade arm that can be pulled down for cutting material. These cutters are generally very accurate and can be used to cut paper, card stock and more.
Stack Paper Cutters – Stack paper cutters are beasts, designed to cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. These cutters are commonly used at print shops for cutting down prints and other material. They are also popular for cutting down larger sheets of paper into custom-size paper. There are a variety of industrial and commercial applications for stack cutters. These typically come in manual, semi-auto and fully automatic variations.
Hydraulic Paper Cutters – Hydraulic paper cutters are probably the toughest and most robust paper cutters available. These cutters typically come in a stack paper cutter design and are generally used for high-volume cutting throughout the day. These are often used in factories, print shops, paper plants and in other businesses that handle thousands upon thousands of sheets of paper per day.
Corner Cutters – Corner counters, often called corner rounders, are used for lopping of sharp corners from paper. These useful machines can often round the corners of a stack of paper in excess of 100 sheets at a time. A variety of different radius sizes are usually available.
Form Cutters – Form cutters, sometimes called paper slitters, are designed to auto feed paper and slit it down to size. Many form cutters offer the option of scoring and perforating along with slitting. These types of machines are great for producing marketing material and can often make several cuts simultaneously.
Regardless of the paper cutter you end up using, ABC Office offers one of the largest selections available online. We carry paper cutters from popular brands like Carl, Dahle, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Foster, Rotatrim, Tamerica and many others. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.