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Top 10 Best Photograph Cutters

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Photograph CuttersCutting photos is tricky and requires the most precise of paper cutters. One bad slice with a cheap paper cutter can quickly ruin a photograph. So which style of cutter should you use when cutting your valued photos? There are many options out there. Here are a few tips that should help you find the best cutter for your photographs.

There are a lot of factors that go into purchasing a high-quality photo cutter. There’s usually a budget to be considered, origin of the machine, reputation, ratings and more. While I may not be able to help you with all these concerns through this article, I can provide you with some great recommendations.

I have 10+ years of detailed experience with photograph cutters. There are two styles of paper cutters I recommend using for cutting photographs. These are guillotine paper cutters and rotary paper trimmers. Both cutters utilize modern technology to provide a great cut.

In general, guillotine cutters make great all around paper cutters. Not only do they cut photographs, but they can also cut card stock, laminated material, glossy paper, cardboard and more. Guillotine cutters generally cut more paper than Rotary trimmers, however, this isn’t always the case. Kutrimmer and Dahle have a great reputation.

Rotary trimmers are generally considered some of the most precise cutters available. Most photographers look for a rotary trimmer that either utilizes 2 cutting rails or a square cutting rail. Rotary cutters are perfect with paper and photographs. Rotatrim and Dahle have a great reputation.

I have come up with a list of the 5 best rotary trimmers and 5 best guillotine cutters for photography purposes. Hopefully this helps you in your decision.

Rotary Photograph Cutters & TrimmersTop 5 Best Photography Rotary Paper Trimmers

  1. Rotatrim Professional Series Rotary Cutters
  2. Dahle 400 Series Premium Rotary Cutter (Models 440, 442, 444, 446 & 448)
  3. Dahle 500 Series Professional Rotary Cutters (Models 500, 552 & 554
  4. Carl DC-238N Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer
  5. Akiles Roll@Blade Cutter

Guillotine Photograph Cutters & TrimmersTop 5 Best Photography Guillotine Paper Cutters

  1. MBM Kutrimmer 1134 Guillotine Cutter
  2. Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Cutter
  3. MBM Kutrimmer 1138 Guillotine Cutter
  4. Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine Cutter
  5. MBM Kutrimmer 1135 Guillotine Cutter

There you have it. My list of the top 10 best photograph cutters. Keep in mind that both Dahle and Kutrimmer make a lot of other high-quality cutters. I simply listed the most popular models within the typical photograph cutting length. Other models are available with larger cutting lengths and capacities that are also great for cutting photos and pictures.

You can find our entire selection of rotary paper trimmers here and guillotine paper cutters here. Feel free to speak with one of our paper cutting specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Packaging Pizzas – Should You Use Shrink Wrap or a Vacuum Sealer?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Pizza Packaging MachinesI had a great conversation with a customer yesterday who was interested in packaging his own pizzas. He had a small startup business and was only looking at packaging about 50 pizzas a day for retail sale. He was looking at several machines to package his 10″ and 12″ pizzas. He asked me, “Should I be using shrink wrap or a vacuum sealer for my pizzas?” This is how I answered him.

To begin with, I asked him what he was doing with the pizzas. He said he was packaging them for retail sale and needed professional packaging for sanitary purposes, preservation and professional presentation. These are all important when it comes to packaging food. While a good answer, this still isn’t enough information to answer the Shrink Wrap or Vacuum Sealer question. I then went on to explain why people use one or the other.

Shrink Wrap for Pizzas – Shrink wrap is one of the most common methods used for packaging pizzas. It is fast, looks great and is relatively affordable. One thing I let the customer know is that you need to use Polyolefin film when packaging pizzas. It is approved by the FDA for direct contact use with food. PVC shrink film is not. Shrink Wrap helps keep the food together (for presentation purposes), keeps it from drying out and also helps provide a barrier from outside contamination.

Shrink wrapping a pizza, however, is not good for long-term preservation. Shrink wrap is excellent for refrigerating a pizza, for use in displays and for a customer carrying the food home. It does not, however, provide adequate protection in a freezer. Most people, especially in a pizza retail environment, will be eating the purchased pizza the day they purchase the pizza or shortly thereafter. This is why shrink wrap is still extremely popular for packaging pizza. Shrink wrap is ultimately great for refrigerator preservation purposes.

Vacuum Sealers for Pizzas – Vacuum sealers are for pizza manufacturers that intend on distributing their pizzas to grocery stores and other food outlets. Vacuum sealers provide pizzas with excellent preservation. Vacuum sealers remove almost all of the air from the vacuum bag ensuring long term preservation. The vacuum seal bag also prevents the pizza from frost burn. I recommend that a cardboard backing be used or the pizza will loose its shape during the packaging process. Click here to view the best Chamber vacuum bags for pizza.

So which machines did I recommend? Before we established the type of packaging he needed, we went over these four machines for packaging his 10″ and 12″ pizzas:

    $269


  • AIE I-bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine – This machine is excellent for packaging a few dozen to perhaps a few hundred pizzas a day. It can be used with polyolefin film. Just be sure you get a machine that is the right size for your pizza. In this case, I recommended the 18″ model. Simply insert your pizza, seal the two open sides and use the heat gun to shrink the film.
  • $2,599


    *Ships Via Truck


  • Preferred Pack PP-48ST “All-in-One” – This machine is excellent if you need to package a pizza in a very short amount of time. Simply insert your pizza into the film, pull down the hood and let the machine do the rest. While the hood is down, the Galaxy will cut the film around the pizza and blast it with air to shrink the film.
  • $3,343.10


    *Ships Via Truck


  • Compack 5800 Shrink Wrap Machine – If you need a larger sealing area, the Compack 5800 is a great option. Like the 48ST, it quickly packages products in seconds. It can be used, depending on the speed of the operator, to package 8-10 pizzas per minute. This machine has a great track record with our customers.
  • $3,366


    *Ships Via Truck


  • Minipack MV 45X Chamber Vacuum Sealer – This is a vacuum sealer that can be used to vacuum seal pizzas in a very short amount of time. It is Italian-made and features high-quality components. It is a great machine to have for vacuum sealing pizzas on a daily basis.

The customer told me he was not selling directly to the public and needed something for longer-term food preservation purposes, so he ended up going with the Minipack MV 45X vacuum sealer. At ABC Office we offer a huge lineup of shrink wrap machines and vacuum sealers. We are bound to have a machine that will fit your business’s needs. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your pizza packaging questions.

Hopefully this information helps you out. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Legal Size Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold legal size 8 ½” x 14″ paper, but all the machines you are looking at are designed for standard 8 ½” x 11” paper? I have come up with a list of some popular legal size paper folding machines (according to our customers). Not only do these machines fold legal size paper, they are good at it.

Legal size paper, as you probably already know, is as wide as standard paper, but slightly longer. This means the folding machine has to have slightly longer folding plates to accommodate the added length.

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again to handle legal size paper well. These machines will allow you to letter fold (C Fold), accordion fold (Z Fold) and single fold (V Fold) legal size paper.

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines (Friction Feed)

  1. Formax FD 300 Paper Folder
  2. Martin Yale 1611 Paper Folding Machine
  3. Martin Yale 1217A AutoFolder
  4. MBM 208J Manual Setup, Auto-Feed Paper Folder
  5. Martin Yale 1711 Paper Folding Machine
  6. Formax FD 382 Automatic Paper Folder
  7. Formax FD 38X Tabletop Paper Folder

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again that they are capable of quickly and professionally folding legal size paper. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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