You are being redirected to ABC Office. Why? has joined their sister company ABC Office to provide our customers with a greater product selection, while offering the same great prices and service you have come to love and expect!If you have questions or concerns during this transition please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788, or email us at sales@abcoffice.com.

You are being redirected to ABC Office. Why? has joined their sister company ABC Office to provide our customers with a greater product selection, while offering the same great prices and service you have come to love and expect!If you have questions or concerns during this transition please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788, or email us at sales@abcoffice.com.


How Do Manual Stack Cutters Handle So Much Paper?

Manual Stack Paper CuttersIf you have been shopping around for a manually operated stack paper cutter, you have probably noticed that many of them, especially those by Intelli-Cut, Triumph and Dahle, have massive sheet cutting capacities. Many of these cutters can handle up to 700 sheets in a single pass. So how is it that a manually operated cutter is able to handle so much paper? There are a few factors that make this possible.

I have used many stack paper cutters. I remember years ago shooting a video demo of the now discontinued MBM Triumph 3905 . For fun I placed half ream of paper in the cutter and pulled the handle down using nothing more than my pinky finger. I was able to cut several hundred sheets of paper using nothing more than my pinky finger and a little effort. German stack cutters, like Triumph, are nearly effortless to use.

There are 3 main points that make a stack paper cutter so effective. These points, in my opinion, are all factors that your stack paper cutter should have (especially if you cut paper every day).

  • Stack Paper Cutter Cutaway DiagramAngle – To begin with, a stack paper cutter should be comfortable to use, especially if you will be making multiple cuts every day. For this reason, the cutting arm on a stack cutter should be reasonably easy to access. Most stack paper cutters have an arm that comes up at an angle, but then turns at about 45 degrees to make the grasping handle easier to access. While this is usually the case, I have used stack cutters that had handles that were awkward and difficult to use.
  • Leverage – One of the biggest factors that allow a stack cutter to handle so much paper is leverage. Have you ever noticed how long the handle is on a stack paper cutter? This long handle (or lever) is pivoted on a point that allows you to apply a significant mechanical force on the cutting blade. This leverage allows you to apply little manual force, while applying hundreds of pounds of pressure on the cutting blade. Not to get too technical, but this leverage (by means of a long lever) is expressed by using this mathematical formula: M=Fd. F is the force, d is the perpendicular distance between the force and fulcrum (in this case the lever) and M is the turning force (aka moment or torque).
  • Gears – The torque, force and length of the handle are further enhanced by a series of pivoting points, mechanical linkage and gears (depending on the design of the cutter).

This blend of engineering expertise and design allows you to cut hundreds of sheets of paper in a way that you could never do with a pair of scissors or a knife. Stack paper cutters are used to cut down copy paper, report covers, card stock, plastic sheets and much more.

At ABC Office we offer a great selection of paper cutters. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. This selection includes manual, electric and hydraulic-powered stack cutters.

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.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA Image
*