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What Are Cutting Sticks?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Stack Paper Cutter Cutting SticksIf you’re shopping around for a stack paper cutter, you may have seen the term “cutting sticks.” Cutting sticks are long rectangular-shaped pieces of plastic that vary in length depending on the size of the paper cutter. Cutting sticks are a critical part of a stack cutter, but what are they and what do they do?

Cutting sticks, made of plastic, have a total of 4 sides. These sticks are usually placed in a grove on the bottom of the cutter, where the cutting blade of the stack cutter will ultimately rest after making a cut. These sticks are made from a durable plastic material and are designed to last for several hundred to several thousand cuts before being rotated or replaced.

The cutting stick plays a critical part in the cutting process and even help assist in producing clean cuts. Because the cutting blade rests in the cutting stick, the cut is properly completed, allowing the blade to make it through every sheet, even the last bottom sheet. Without a cutting stick, the blade would have nothing to rest on and the cut couldn’t be completed.

Stack Paper CuttersCutting sticks are designed to help prolong the life of the paper cutter blade and will not dull it. The plastic used in a cutting stick is designed to take the force of the blade’s impact while still maintaining structural integrity. Thanks to this durable design, cutting blades can last through hundreds and even thousands of cuts before being replaced or rotated.

Signs of a worn cutting stick usually results in the last 1 to 2 pages not being cut all the way through. Before replacing your cutting stick, you should be aware that each stick can be rotated a total of 8 times. Because the blade does not rest directly in the center of a cutting stick, each side can be used 2 times. Simply flip the cutting stick a full 180 degrees to use the same side again. Because the cutting stick is square, it can be turned a total of 4 times.

Ultimately, after all sides of the cutting stick have been used and worn, they will need to be replaced. Luckily cutting sticks aren’t expensive and are usually sold in bulk quantities. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutter cutting sticks here. We sell cutting sticks for Dahle, MBM Triumph, Intelli-Cut, Tamerica, Martin Yale and Standard brand stack cutters.

If you still have questions about cuttings sticks, how to use them or where to find them, please feel free to contact one of our paper cutter experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Cutting Sticks Critical For Proper Stack Paper Cutter Operation

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Cutting Sticks for Stack Paper CuttersThere’s one thing that many people don’t realize or take into consideration when it comes to proper stack paper maintenance and operation. What they’re missing is the fact that cutting sticks will wear out over time. A damaged or failing cutting stick will lead to incomplete cuts.

Many people, including myself, recommend keeping an extra cutting blade on hand to prevent downtime while the other is getting sharpened. I argue that people should also keep extra cutting sticks on hand for their stack paper cutters.

For those of you unfamiliar with cutting sticks, here is a brief description of what they are:

Stack Paper CuttersCutting sticks provide a pliable and non-damaging surface for stack paper cutting blades to rest on after completing a cut. These sticks are typically made from resilient plastic materials, however, they will eventually wear out over time. A cutting stick can be rotated a total of 8 times (two times per side) before they need to be replaced.

Cutting sticks assist in the cutting process by not only preventing damage to the cutting blade, but also allowing the blade to easily cut through the last couple of sheets of paper. If you notice your stack cutter having trouble cutting the last few sheets of paper, you may need to replace your cutting stick.

At ABC Office we carry cutting sticks for all MBM Triumph, Dahle, Martin Yale, Standard and Duplo stack paper cutters. You can find a comprehensive list of Triumph and Dahle cutting sticks here. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about changing or finding cutting sticks for your machine.

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