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Lassco CR-55 2″ Corner Rounder & Cutter Review

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Lassco CR-55 Corner Rounder & CutterLassco is known for making some of the finest corner rounders available under the brand Cornerounder (made in the USA). Their machines are the most popular because the can be used to cut a lot of paper and the dies are interchangeable, eliminating the need to purchase multiple machines. One of Lassco’s most recent machines is the CR-55 corner cutter (found here). This new machine goes in a different direction than the older Cornerounders. So is this machine for you?

If you have used a corner rounder like the CR-20 or CR-50, both of which are excellent machines, you may be familiar with their socket style dies that can be pulled out and inserted to accommodate different radii patterns. While the CR-55 does allow different radii patterns, the cutting unit is completely different. This design change was needed to accommodate a larger cutting capacity. Most Lassco Cornerounder machines have a ½” cutting capacity. The CR-55 has a huge 2″ cutting capacity.

Lassco CR-55 Radii Blade Die Set #1Rather than using a socket style cutting die, the CR-55 uses a special die set that consists of a die and a couple of blades. The die is mounted to the base of the cutter’s table. The cutting blade is mounted to the moving mechanism that is pressed down on the paper. The ¼” die can be mounted 180 degrees to accommodate a 3/8″ radius. The ½” die can also be flipped around to accommodate a 1/8″ radius. Because of the way the die and blade are designed, the blades are sold in sets. Radius set one includes a ¼” & 3/8″ die and blade. The radius set two has a ½” and 1/8″ die and blade.

The CR-55 cutting unit is set in a floor design that 43″ high, making it easy to use by most people. This design also frees up desk and table space. The table area measures in at 20″ x 20″, which is amble room to accommodate both small and large sheets of paper. Large paper guides, leading up to the cutting blade, make it extremely easy to align paper. Because the guides are set at about 2″ high, this also makes it easy to jog the paper into place. A CR55-PB is an optional wood paper alignment tool that can be used to further job the paper into place.

Using the CR-55 is extremely easy. Once the correct die has been mounted and the paper is in place, simply press down on the foot pedal to bring down the cutting blade. Lassco has designed this cutter to make cutting exceptionally easy with little pressure. The foot pedal design allows you to use your own weight to depress the pedal while freeing up hands for quickly removing and re-adding more paper.

Due to its durable design, the CR-55 is excellent for repeated use throughout the day. People use this corner rounder for cutting the corners off of playing cards, business cards, greeting cards and other paper material. It can be used for cutting through standard paper or for cutting through plastic sheets, including laminated paper and poly covers.

If you have any questions about this corner rounder, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find the Lassco CR-55 corner cutter here. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Top 4 Best Countertop Corner Rounders in Town

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Top 4 Best Corner RoundersWhen it comes to lopping the corners off of paper, you probably want the best corner rounder (found here) for the dollar. Luckily companies like Lassco and Akiles produce some of the best corner rounders available, bar none. These are corner rounders that feature a great build quality, are highly customizable and take the labor out of high-capacity corner cutting. We offer four models that I feel you will like. These are machines that I have personally used and operated.

While all four of these corner rounders are excellent machines I have a personal favorite, the Lassco CR-20 (found here). It just works well and makes cutting corners so easy. I will go into more detail regarding is pros along with other corner rounders. Here is my top 4 list:

Top 4 Best Countertop Corner Rounders in Town

  1. CR-20 Corner RounderLassco CR-20 Cornerounder (found here) – This is my personal favorite. It features a compact design and works great on a table, desk or counter. It has a long lever that you push down to begin cutting the corners. A socket, found at the corner of the handle, holds a cutting die. This die is what does all the cutting. The CR-20 comes with one die and can be used with a variety of different sizes. One reason I really like this model is the fact that I never have customer service issues with it.
  2. Lassco CR-50B Corner RounderLassco CR-50B Cornerounder (found here) – This corner rounder is essentially a CR-20 on steroids. The reason you would want to use this corner rounder over the CR-20 is if you are cutting larger sheets of paper. It features a larger cutting base and a slightly longer handle for additional cutting leverage. Like the CR-20, the CR-50B also uses socket-loaded cutting dies and can be used with 1/8″, ¼”, 3/8″ and ½”. Other special dies are also available.
  3. Akiles Diamond-1 Corner RounderAkiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounder (found here) – Akiles makes some of our best binding machines and their corner rounders aren’t half bad either. While I think the CR-20 has a beefier cutting die, the Diamond-1 is an excellent alternative. It also can be used with several different cutting dies and comes with a ¼” die. The handle on the Diamond-1 is particularly easy to use thanks to an ergonomic handle.
  4. Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner RounderAkiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder (found here) – This is the only countertop electric corner rounder that I am aware of. Electric is ideal if you are rounding the corners on thousands of documents per day. The Diamond-5 has nearly a 2″ cutting capacity. While floor models are great machines, the convenience of a countertop model can’t be beat and this machine’s compact design helps save on space. It can be used with four different sizes of cutting dies.

Each of these four models are excellent products and I have no problem recommending them. They will each hold up with daily use and are all quality machines. If for any reason you have a question, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help you out. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Q&A: Lassco Corner Rounder Cutting Dies

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Lassco CR-20 Corner RounderI recently had a customer ask me a really good question regarding Lassco corner rounders. They wanted to purchase both a CR-20 and a CR-50B. Their question was this, “Can I use the CR-20 die on the CR-50B and vice versa?” This was a great question and one I didn’t have the answer to, so looked into it.

After doing some research I discovered that the CR line of corner rounding dies will work on the CR-20, CR-50B, CR-50, CR-50P and CR-50XP. For the customer asking the question, this meant that the CR-20 1/8″, ¼”, 3/8″ and ½” dies can work on the CR-50B and vice versa.

The customer was happy because they only needed to purchase 2 sets of dies rather than 4 sets of dies. This ended up saving them money in the long run.

Do you have a corner rounder question? Post your question as a comment or feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Lassco CR-50P Electric Corner Cutter Review

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Lassco CR-50B Corner CutterDo you work in the printing, greeting card or business card business? Do you handle card stock, report covers and other paper material? You may want to consider giving your printed material a leg up by cutting off those sharp corners and adding rounded corners. One great way to do this, on a high-volume basis, is by using the Lassco CR-50P electric corner cutter (found here). This is my review.

Lassco is our most popular manufacturer of corner rounders. Their CR-20 and standard CR-50 models are two of our best sellers. Lassco also makes a great selection of floor model corner rounders. Theses corner cutting machines are reliable, backed by great support and provide the option of interchangeable dies.

Corner rounders are often referred to as corner cutters, corner slitters and cornerounders. While some models of corner rounders are designed to cut just one or two sheets of paper, most are capable of handling hundreds of sheets of paper. The Lassco CR-50P is a great example. It can handle up to a ½” stack of paper in a single pass.

The Lassco CR-50P is very similar to its cousin, the CR-50, except the CR-50P features an electric motor. This electric motor is activated by pressing a foot pedal. I personally like the foot pedal operation as it allows you to manually handle and adjust the paper with two hands while cutting. The motor used is powered by 115 volts / 60 Hz.

Speed shouldn’t be too much of an issue. With a ½” cutting capacity, and the ability to make 30 strokes a minute, the weakest link in the speed of corner rounding will more than likely be the operator. It can pretty much keep up with you without any problems.

The CR-50P is a floor model. That means it doesn’t need to be placed on a desk or counter. It includes it’s own built-in stand that keeps the cutting surface at working level. The surface of the workbench is 17″ x 17″, making the CR-50P ideal for cutting small and large sheets of paper.

One thing I really like about the Lassco CR-50P is the socket design of the cutting dies. This machine makes it very easy to change from a 1/8″ die to a ½” die in just seconds. Simply pull the die you don’t need out of the socket and insert the new die. This corner cutter comes with one standard die of your choice, however, about 11 different dies are available. That makes this machine extremely versatile, and because the dies can be replaced, you’ll never be stuck with a dull corner rounder.

The build quality of this corner rounder is as good as you will find in the corner cutting industry. The metal and wood of this machine may remind you of something from a 50s army surplus store, but it is built to last. It weighs 112 pounds shipped and 90 pounds unpackaged. You won’t have any problem using this corner rounder on a daily basis for commercial and industrial applications. It’s that tough.

You can find the Lassco CR-50P electric corner cutter here and our entire selection of corner rounding machines here.

Can a Corner Rounder Cut Laminated Paper?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Corner Rounders & CuttersWe have a lot of customers that call wanting to know if they can use a corner rounder on laminated paper. One such example is a customer who was laminating appraisal cards for valuable gems and jewelry. He wanted to cut the corners off to make the laminated cards look more professional, not to mention he felt the laminated corners were a little dangerous. This is the answer I gave him.

To begin with, our Lassco and Akiles corner rounders can easily handle stacks of paper, card stock and chipboard without a problem. The dies on these corner rounders have been designed from the ground up to handle most thicknesses of paper. Can they handle laminated documents? Yes, but with a small catch.

While these machines can round the corners on laminated documents, it can potentially cause the blade to dull at a slightly faster rate. I emphasize “slightly” in that sentence. You don’t need to worry about the blade dulling after rounding a few stacks of laminated documents. They actually handle laminated paper quiet well.

I have personally used the Lassco CR-20 corner rounder to round the corners on business cards I personally made in house using a business card cutter. The rounder cut the corners off the cards in seconds, literally hundreds of them at once. The end results looked great.

You can find our wide selection of corner rounders here. If you have any questions about cutting the corners from laminated paper, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788

Lassco CR-60 Aluminum Sign Corner Rounder Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Lassco CR-60 Aluminum Sign Corner RounderIf you are in the sign making industry, you probably realize that a nice round corner is far safer than a sharp metal corner. For this reason, most sign makers lop off those sharp corners in exchange for safer round corners. One of the best ways to round the corners on signs is by using a machine like the Lassco CR-60 aluminum sign corner rounder (found here).

Lassco is well known for their huge line of paper corner rounders. Most of their corner rounders can handle several hundred sheets of paper at a time, including laminated material, but only one machine can handle aluminum.

The Lassco CR-60 is rated for cutting half hard aluminum up to .080″ thick. This is pretty impressive. This is due in part to the special design of the handle. The CR-60’s handle has been leveraged in such a way that it can produce up to a one ton press capacity. It is remarkably easy to use.

One really nice feature of the CR-60 is its ability to use interchangeable corner rounding die plates. Simply remove the die plate table you don’t need and add the correct size die plate table. The CR-60 is available with ½”, ¾”, 1″ and 1 ½” radii corner rounding die plate sizes. One die plate is included in the price of the machine.

The build quality on the CR-60 can’t be beat. It is a solid piece of machinery, weighing in at 38 pounds. It can be used on most tables and surfaces.

I highly recommend the Lassco CR-60 for aluminum sign corner cutting. It is reliable, solid and has a great track record with our customers.

You can find the Lassco CR-60 aluminum sign corner rounder here and our entire selection of corner cutting machines here.

Akiles vs Lassco Corner Rounders

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Corner Rounders from ABC OfficeAre you shopping around for a corner rounder? If so, you have probably come across models by Akiles and Lassco. Both of these brands are the kings of the commercial corner rounding world. So which of these two brands is best?

We currently offer about 10 different models of corner rounders, with 4 being especially popular with our customers. These corner rounders are:

  1. Lassco CR-20
  2. Lassco CR-50B
  3. Akiles Diamond-1
  4. Akiles Diamond-5

For a direct comparison, I would consider the Lassco CR-20 and Akile Diamond-1 to be on the same level. They both cut about ½”, with the Diamond-1 cutting just a few less sheets at a time. They are both of a similar build quality and both are very popular with our customers.

I would have to say that the CR-20 has a slight leg up simply because I personally think the cutting dies on the CR-20 are slightly easier to change out. Ultimately, I think they are both great corner rounders.

The CR-50B is very similar to the CR-20, simply with a larger table area for larger documents and a slightly more elongated handle than the CR-20.

As far as electric corner rounders are concerned, you aren’t going to find anything better than the Akiles Diamond 5 corner rounder. That thing is a beast and is perfect for high-volume corner rounding.

You can read my reviews on Akiles and Lassco corner rounders here:

So in answer to my original question, “which of the two brands is best?” I would have to say it is a dead heat. Both Akiles and Lassco make high quality stuff and equipment from both companies should last for years.

You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder Review

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner RounderAre you in need of some serious corner rounder cutting capacity? One of the best ways to corner round large volumes of paper is by using an electric corner rounder. So which model should you use? You may want to consider using the Akiles Diamond-5 corner rounder (found here). This is my review.

Commercial corner rounders have many uses. They may be used for rounding the corners on playing cards, greeting cards, business cards, pictures, IDs, invitations and card stock. The Akiles Diamond-5 corner rounder is fully electric, capable of cutting the corners off of two-inches of material at once (1.97-inches to be exact).

The Akiles Diamond-5 corner rounder is designed for high-volume use and can be used throughout the day. It includes a foot pedal, which is ideal for high-volume corner rounding. The foot pedal frees up the hands, allowing you to position the material as needed.

One really cool think about the Akiles Diamond-5 is that it can be used with PVC, polyester, leather, polypropylene and paper. It is definitely a multi-purpose corner rounder.

The dies on the Diamond-5 can be swapped out. This means you can cut a ½-inch radius and later cut a 1/8-inch radius. The Diamond-5 comes with 1/8 and ¼-inch dies. The dies are very easy to change out. Should a die become dull, individual dies may be purchased as replacements.

The Diamond-5 includes a cutting worktable that makes it easy to round the corners on larger material. It also includes an L guide and a radius alignment guide. This is ideal for making sure the cut is right every time.

The Diamond-5 weighs in at 55 pounds, which should give a pretty good idea as to how well this machine is built. As is the case with most Akiles products, the build quality on the Diamond-5 is top notch. It is built from metal parts, designed to last you for years.

I highly recommend the Diamond-5 for commercial corner rounding operations. The build quality is solid and it will be a good investment for long-term use. You can find the Akiles Diamond-5 electric corner rounder here. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounder Review

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Akiles Diamond-1 Corner RounderDo you need a fast, effective and easy way to cut corners off of paper? What you need is a corner rounder. This useful machine makes corner cutting quick and easy. If you haven’t settled on any one machine, you should seriously consider the Akiles Diamond-1 corner rounder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Akiles is probably one of the best-known and reputable manufacturers we carry. They manufacture office equipment such as binding machines, paper cutters, corner rounders and more. Akiles equipment is known for having excellent build quality and usually holds up for years.

The Diamond-1 is a heavy-duty manual corner cutter. It uses a cutting die that is actuated by pulling a specially leveraged handle. The entire process is quick and easy. The Akiles Diamind-1 has a 0.4-inch cutting capacity, which equals out to be almost a ½-inch stack of paper.

You have your choice of one cutting die with the machine, but it can use multiple cutting dies. This means you can cut corners at a 1/8-inch radius, swap out the die, and then cut at a ¼-inch radius. The cutting dies are very easy to swap out.

The handle is long enough and leveraged well enough to be able to cut paper very easily. I have used this corner rounder and it really does require very little effort. It doesn’t only cut paper, but also cuts PVC, polyester, leather and polypropylene.

This corner rounder can be used to round the corners on business cards, report covers and playing cards. We have even had people use the Akiles Diamond-1 to cut corners off of laminated paper, photographs, ID cards and more.

I have personally used the Akiles Diamond-1 and can vouch for its quality and performance. The Diamond-1 is also available in an electric model called the Diamond-5, which has a cutting capacity of 1.97-inches. You can find the Diamond-1 corner rounder here and the Diamond-5 corner cutter here.  You can find our entire selection of corner rounding machines here.

Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder Review

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder / Rounding MachineThere is just something about round corners that looks nice, unique and professional. So is there an easy way to round the corners on hundreds of items at once? There sure is. One way to go about doing this is by using the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder (found here). This little machine is pretty cool. This is my review.

To start with, the design of the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 reminds me of a canned ham with a lever on it. Luckily it is a lot more than that. The CR-20 continues to be one of the most popular corner rounding machines used today. The design has been around for 10+ years and has proven itself to be a reliable little machine.

The CR-20 is Lassco-Wizer’s entry-levl corner rounding machine. It is capable of rounding the corners off of a ½-inch stack of paper. This can be paper, card stock, poly covers and much more. I have even used this corner rounder to round the corners off of laminated documents without a problem.

The machine is available with your choice of die, but you aren’t limited to just one corner size. The CR-20 uses a socket-style die that allows you to easily pull out one die and swap it with a different size. This allows you to get a lot of use out of the laminator at an affordable price.

The CR-20 is designed to be used on a table. It only weighs about four pounds, so it is very easy to pick up and move to a different room or table. The base itself is made from rectangular-shaped metal that is hollow. This allows the CR-20 to catch and hold the cut corners, helping to keep things clean.

I have personally used this laminator to cut the corners off of my business cards. It can also be used to round corners on playing cards, greeting cards, menus, photographs and much more.

My only complaint with the CR-20 is that the base is a little small, measuring in at 5 x 10 ½-inches. This is adequate for most documents, but if you are cutting anything bigger than 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, you will want to upgrade to the CR-50B, which has a much bigger base.

The CR-20 is a great choice for your corner rounding needs and you will not be disappointed. You will find the Lassco-Wizer CR-20 Cornerounder here. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

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