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Triumph vs Dahle – Battle Of The German Stack Cutters

Triumph Stack Paper CuttersI get asked frequently whether I prefer Dahle or Triumph brand stack paper cutters. This is a pretty tough question. There are a lot of similarities and differences between these two unique and popular brands. I’ll try and explain what features I like and dislike about each.

To begin with, Dahle and Triumph (by IDEAL) really only compete on a manual stack cutter level. While Triumph manufactures electric and hydraulic stack cutters, Dahle does not. I will only be covering the manual stack cutters by Triumph.

Both Dahle and Triumph stack paper cutters are German engineered and German made. They are also both considered to be the two best brands of stack paper cutters available today.

Dahle and Triumph make the following stack cutters that compete directly with each other.

17″ Cutting Width

All three of these cutters are excellent when it comes to cutting paper up to 17″ wide.  All three also feature a safety protection system.

Dahle 842 Profesional Stack CutterDahle 842 has a manually adjusted sliding backstop that I don’t really like and the safety guard on the 842 is metal, making it difficult to see what you are cutting. I also had trouble getting a nice accurate cut with the 842 due to the sliding backstop.

The Dahle 846 and the Triumph 4205 feature a spindle-driven backstop and a clear plexiglass safety guard. The spindle-driven backstop is a huge upgrade and well worth the extra money in my opinion.

I would personally choose the Dahle 846 and Triumph 4205 over the Dahle 842 if the budget allows. The 842 is still a nice cutter, but the benefits of the 846 and 4205 are worth it in my opinion.

I personally think the Triumph 4205 takes the crown, however, as the registry and cuts seemed more precise. The overall build quality of the 4205 also seemed slightly better.

18″-19″ Cutting Width

Dahle 846 Professional Stack CutterBoth of these cutters are exceptional and both can cut paper over 18″ wide. The both feature a clear safety guard and both are very easy to use and operate. They also both feature a spindle-driven backstop with is very accurate.

One thing I like with the Triumph 4205 over the Dahle 848 is the clamping mechanism. The 4205 has a latch-style clamp versus the lever-style clamp of the Dahle 848. The latch-style clamp is better when it comes to cutting glossy or coated paper.

If money permits, I would probably get the Triumph 4205, however, the Dahle 848 is still an excellent cutter. From personal experience, the 4205 just barely edges out the Dahle 848.

Honorable Mention:

Dahle also makes a couple of premium stack paper cutters. These are the:

The only reason I don’t feature these in a comparison with Triumph is because they are in a league of their own. Triumph really doesn’t make a stack cutter that works on the same level.

Overall I have to say that Triumph is probably my favorite over the Dahle brand stack cutter. That’s not to say the Dahle cutter is bad by any means. I would compare the Dahle to a nice Honda and the Triumph to a nice Acura. The Dahle will still get you from point A to point B without any trouble, but the Triumph is just a little nicer with a few more bells and whistles.

It is also important to point out that Dahle paper cutters are typically more affordable than Triumph paper cutters. If your budget doesn’t allow for a nice Triumph cutter, you will probably still be happy with the Dahle line.

You can find our entire line of Triumph stack paper cutters here, our Dahle stack paper cutters here and our entire selection of stack 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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