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Guillotine Paper Trimmers and Cutters / Advantages and Disadvantages

Guillotine Paper TrimmersGuillotine paper trimmers have changed a lot over the past few years. They are no longer the wooden board with a knife attached to the side. Newer guillotine trimmers are made from metal, feature clamping mechanisms and are much safer. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of guillotine paper trimmers?

This article will detail the benefits and disadvantages guillotine trimmers. While the term “guillotine” is used for both pull arm operated and stack / ream paper cutters, we will be using guillotine to describe pull arm trimmers in this article.

Guillotine Paper Trimmer Advantages / Disadvantages:

Advantages: Guillotine trimmers usually have a decent cutting capacity, with many able to cut 10 plus sheets of paper without a problem. Guillotine trimmers are fast and easy to use. Thanks to the leverage of the arm lever, cutting is relatively seamless.

Disadvantages: Older guillotine trimmers had a habit of cutting the paper crooked, especially when cutting large amounts of paper. Guillotine trimmers have also had a bad reputation for safety. Paper clamps have addressed the crooked cutting issue and most guillotine trimmers now have safety shields to prevent injury.

Things To Look For: Keep an eye open for a paper clamp. Not all guillotine trimmers have a clamping mechanism. Clamps will make cutting easier and cleaner. Keep an eye open for a safety cutting guard, especially if the trimmer will be used in the presence of children.

You can find our entire selection of guillotine arm trimmers here. Have a question? Post it in a comment.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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