Extend The Life Of Your Paper Cutter – 5 Easy Steps

Paper Cutters from ABC OfficePaper cutters are useful tools. Depending on the model, they can be used to precisely trim photographs or cut entire reams of paper. Regardless of the paper cutter you’re using, they all share the fact that the blade will eventually become dull. So what can you do to extend the life of your paper cutter? Here are a few tips.

5 Easy Steps To Improve The Life Of Your Paper Cutter

  • Staples & Paper Clips – When cutting large volumes of paper, sometimes it is easy to forget those rogue staples and paper clips. Be sure to check the paper you are cutting for these items. Nothing does more damage to a paper cutter blade than cutting into a staple or paper clip.
  • Card Stock – Thicker paper can cause your paper cutting blade to dull more quickly. If you are cutting card stock, scale back the amount you are cutting.
  • Capacity – I personally like to scale back the amount of paper I am cutting by about 15% from the maximum amount allowed. This means less force needed by the operator and less force on the cutting blade.
  • Laminated Material – While most paper cutters can cut laminated paper, plastic will cause the blade to dull more quickly. Cutting laminated paper, however, is a necessity for many people. This will not damage a paper cutter, but will simply dull the blade a little faster versus cutting paper.
  • Water & Liquids – Be careful with drinks around paper cutters. A spilled drink on a paper cutter blade has the potential to cause the blade to rust.

So what can you do if your paper cutter’s blade is already dull? You have a few options, depending on the cutter. If you have a guillotine or a stack cutter, you may be able to get the blade re-sharpened. Contact our Service Department at 800-658-8788 about that.

In the event that you’re paper cutter is kaput and needs to be replaced, you can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

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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