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Dahle 567 Premium Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Dahle 567 Premium Guillotine Paper CutterDo you need to cut photographs, paper, card stock, laminated documents and more with extreme precision? If so, you may be looking for a guillotine paper trimmer. There are literally dozens of different models available. If you need an alternative to a Kutrimmer paper trimmer, you may want to consider the Dahle 567 premium guillotine paper trimmer (found here). This is my review.

Dahle guillotine trimmers, much like Kutrimmer, are designed and made in Germany. While this may not mean much to you, it means a lot as far as quality is concerned. Having used several guillotine trimmers myself over the years, I can say without a doubt that the German cutters far exceed the Chinese trimmers in quality.

The Dahle 567 is a high-quality cutter. It is made from solid metal components, from the base to the cutting blade. It is easy to use, functional and can be used to cut a wide variety of paper, literature and documents.

The cutting blade on the Dahle 567 is what’s known as a self-sharpening blade. This means that every time the blade is brought down for a cut, it rubs against a metal base strip that sharpens it. This helps dramatically increase the lifespan of the cutting blade.

Safety is in no short supply with this cutter. It features a protective shield that blocks access to the blade during the cutting process. This is a huge improvement over the older wood base style cutters of 20 years ago.

Now for the specs. This cutter has an impressive 35 sheet cutting capacity. Keep in mind that the cutting capacity is based on standard 20# copy paper. Cutting capacity will be decreased when cutting card stock  The cutting length on the 567 is 21 ½”. This is long enough to handle most material, although a longer version of the 567 is available as the Dahle 569 (27 ½”) guillotine cutter.

One of the biggest concerns I hear from customers about guillotine trimmers is the accuracy. You may remember that the older wood base trimmers of 20+ years ago had a nasty habit of cutting paper crooked. This is no longer a worry with the Dahle 567. This cutter not only has a razor-sharp blade, but it also has a clamping mechanism that keeps paper firmly in place during the cutting process.

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In conclusion I have to say that I really like the Dahle 567. It is affordable, features great quality and is up to par with the revered line of MBM Kutrimmer paper cutters.

You can find the Dahle 567 premium guillotine paper trimmer here and our entire selection of guillotine trimmers here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper cutter experts.

Is Your Guillotine Paper Cutter Cutting Crooked?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Guillotine Paper Cutters & TrimmersSo you’re trying to cut some paper with your guillotine paper cutter and the cuts keep coming out crooked. Frustrating isn’t it? There are several reasons why your guillotine may be cutting crooked. Here are a few fixes and tips that may be able to straighten up your cuts.

Bad Clamp or No Clamp – One of the most important features, when it comes to cutting straight on a guillotine, is the clamp. Most modern guillotine cutters, like Kutrimmer, include built in clamps. Check to see if your clamp is engaging. If your cutter doesn’t have a clamp, it may be time to upgrade.

Dull Blade – A dull blade will cause cuts to be crooked. This is because the dull part of the blade will actually pull your paper, making the cut crooked and sloppy. The easy solution to this problem is to either sharpen or replace your blade.

Glossy Paper – Glossy paper, because it is so slick, will shift and move during cutting. If this is your problem, I recommend either switching to a non-glossy or non-coated paper. If glossy paper is a must for your operations, you may need to upgrade to a stack paper cutter or an all-metal guillotine cutter with a clamp.

Old Cutter – This may seem like a sorry excuse for a crooked cut, but it is true. Many old cutters simply are no longer sturdy and need to be replaced. This typically applies to cutters that are 10+ years old. This is especially common with old wood-base guillotines that have no clamp. You may, however, be able to tighten down screws and make the blade more solid.

We also offer a huge selection of new guillotine paper cutters that are designed from the ground up with modern features that guarantee a straight cut.

MBM Kutrimmer 1134 Guillotine Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1134 Guillotine Paper Cutter by IDEALThe Kutrimmer 1134 guillotine paper cutter (found here) is the least expensive and most entry-level cutter MBM offers. So should this scare you away from getting one? Definitely not. This great little cutter has many benefits and is still a great cutter to have in a school or office. This is my review.

To begin with, the Kutrimmer 1134 features solid metal construction. The base is metal and the cutting arm is metal. The German engineering and build really shines through. It weighs in at 11 pounds, so it is hefty enough to last, but light enough to move around. If you remember the old 1035, the 1134 is the replacement.

Kutrimmer 1134 Guillotine Trimmer Features

The 1134 is designed to cut material up to 13 ¾” long. This means the Kutrimmer 1134 is great for cutting standard letter-size 8 ½” x 11″ paper. It can easily handle standard paper, laminated paper, card stock and other material. It can even be used to cut down photographs.

The cutting capacity is 25 sheets of standard copy paper. Simply adjust the side guide, insert the paper and pull down the arm. The process is very easy, and since the cutting arm is designed to provide maximum leverage, it requires very little effort to use.

The cuts are straight and very accurate. You’ll notices that the handle is ergonomically designed for comfort. One of my favorite features of the 1134, versus the old 1035, is the integrated cutting line indicator. This line lets you know exactly where the blade is going to cut the paper.

The blade on the 1134 is made out of Solingen steel. Solingen steel isn’t just known for being extra strong, but it can also be re-sharpened. Unlike many comparable cutters, that require dull blades to be replaced, the blade on the 1134 can be re-sharpened. This saves you money.

Unlike the guillotine paper cutters of 10+ years ago, the 1134 includes designs and Lexan safety guards to prevent bodily injury. While I still wouldn’t let a child use this cutter on there own, the safety features are excellent.

Overall I consider the Kutrimmer 1134 (by IDEAL) to be a great cutter. It isn’t going to be ideal for the high-volume jobs, but it will easily handle light to medium-volume use.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1134 guillotine paper cutter here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper cutters here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1080 Guillotine Paper Cutter Review

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1080 Guillotine Paper Trimmer by IDEALWhether you work in a print shop, a copy center or have a business that cuts pictures, card stock and other paper, you will probably benefit from using a guillotine paper cutter. One model you may want to consider is the MBM Kutrimmer 1080 guillotine paper cutter (found here) by IDEAL. This is my review.

The Kutrimmer model of guillotine paper trimmers is one of the most popular lines used by people today. Build quality is one of the reasons. These German-made, German-engineered cutters are made from metal, feature Solingen steel blades and would probably survive a nuclear blast. They are known for lasting for years.

The Kutrimmer 1080 is MBMs least-expensive floor model guillotine paper cutter. It includes the stand, which is pretty nice. The height of this cutter is ideal for most people and it is laid out in a way that just about everything on it is easily accessible. The exact dimensions are 42″ x 27 1/2″ x 48″.  It weighs in at 158 pounds shipped.

The long 31 ¼” cutting blade can cut most sizes of paper, card stock and photos. It can even cut most banners and signs. It can also be used to cut matteboard, plastic and metal foil. With a cutting capacity 20 sheets of standard copy paper, you should be able to easily handle most jobs.

The Kutrimmer 1080 isn’t just known for its durability, but also for its precision. The Solingen steel blade easily cuts paper. Thanks to a built-in clamping mechanism, cuts are straight and dead on every time. The foot-pedal is foot pedal activated for easy hands-free use.

Setting up the 1080 is pretty easy as well. Measurements and a grid of common-sized cuts makes lining things up easy. It also includes an adjustable guide and an adjustable back gauge. The back gauge makes cutting larger paper easy. No more needing to worry about paper flopping around while being cut.

I know I am probably sounding a little one-sided in this review, but it really is that good. If this paper cutter fits the specifications you need, it is a great investment and a great cutter to have on hand. If this cutter is larger and more than you need, Kutrimmer does make a wide variety of smaller desktop guillotine paper trimmers.

You can find the MBM Kutrimmer 1080 guillotine paper cutter here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers and cutters here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Have a great day!

When To Use (And Not Use) A Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Dahle Guillotine Paper TrimmersWhether it’s purchasing software or equipment for a garden, we’ve all purchased products only to find out later they don’t do what you thought or needed. It’s a pretty big letdown. The same goes for office equipment. Here are a few ideas on when and when not to get a guillotine paper trimmer.

There are many different paper cutters out there. This includes rotary trimmers, stack cutters, guillotine paper trimmers and much more. The cutter you get will depend entirely on what you need to do. Take into consideration what you need the cutter for now and what you may need it for later down the road.

Multi-Purpose Cutting
– Guillotine paper trimmers are considered by many to be some of the best multi-purpose paper cutters around. This is because they can be used to cut card stock, photographs, laminated material, signs and much more. If you have the need to cut a variety of material, a guillotine paper trimmer (found here) may be just what you need.

High-Capacity Cutting – Most guillotine paper trimmers cut anywhere from 15 to 60 sheets of paper at a time. Cutting capacity depends on the specific model. If you are cutting hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper a day, you may need something with a little more cutting power. If this sounds like you’re situation, you may want to consider getting a stack paper cutter (found here) instead of a guillotine paper trimmer.

Photo Cutting – While guillotine paper trimmers generally do a good job of cutting down photographs, these cutters may not be the best option for exclusively cutting photographs. If you will only be cutting photographs, and nothing else, you may want to consider using a rotary paper trimmer (found here). Rotary paper trimmers are extremely precise and are great for repetitive photo cutting.

These are just a few situations where a guillotine paper trimmer may or may not be your best option. If you still have questions about the right paper cutter for you, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper cutting experts. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1058 Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1058 Guillotine Paper TrimmerGuillotine paper trimmers are not only accurate for trimming photographs, but can also be used to cut several sheets of paper at a time. If you are in the market for a well-rounded trimmer, you should take a close look at the MBM Kutrimmer 1058 guillotine paper trimmer (found here). This is my review.

MBM Kutrimmer (by Ideal) manufacturers a wide variety of guillotine paper trimmers. These trimmers all share a certain level of design, with the biggest differences being the length of the blade and the amount of paper the trimmer can cut. Kutrimmer is considered to be one of the best guillotine trimmer manufacturers out there.

The Kutrimmer 1058 guillotine paper trimmer is a customer favorite for many reasons. To begin with, it has a long 23″ cutting length and the ability to cut up to 40 sheets of standard paper at a time. This means the 1058 can cut most common sizes of paper and can trim a variety of photo sizes.

I have handled this cutter and the build quality is amazing. You just don’t see many pieces of equipment made from solid metal components. The base is metal, the cutting arm is metal and even the clamping mechanism is metal. Other than the blade needing sharpening every so often, there isn’t much on this cutter that should break or wear out.

The wood-base guillotine trimmers of 20 years ago were pretty unsafe to use. The blade was completely exposed and you definitely didn’t want children near it. The 1058 has several safety features build in, keeping the blade protected during the cutting process. While I still wouldn’t recommend letting children use this cutter, it is definitely built to prevent injuries.

Another problem with older guillotine trimmers was the accuracy of the cut (or the lack thereof). The Kutrimmer 1058 has a handy clamping mechanism that keeps paper in place during the cutting process. The clamp, along with a razor-sharp Solingen steel blade, keeps the cuts straight and accurate every time.

An adjustable front gauge and back gauge make measuring cuts easy. The back gauge is adjusted by sliding a guide, where the front gauge is adjusted by turning a knob found on the front of the machine. The front gauge even includes a paper support, making it easy to cut lightweight paper.

Overall I give this guillotine trimmer extremely high marks. For the length and cutting capacity, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that even compares.

You can find the MBM Kutrimmer 1058 guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you in need of a guillotine paper trimmer that is not only affordable, but accurate? One model that I would recommend looking at is the Dahle 565 premium guillotine paper trimmer (found here). This trimmer is growing in popularity and may be a good option for you. I have used this trimmer and this is my review.

Dahle’s premium line of guillotine paper trimmers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 14 to 27-inches long. These trimmers are German engineered and German made. The Dahle 565 is a 15 ½-inch trimmer.

One of the most unique features of the Dahle 565 is the safety system that has been put in place. Unlike Kutrimmer guillotines that use a plexiglass safety shield, the Dahle 565 uses a corkscrew shaped guard that keeps the blade covered in all the right places during the cutting process. It is very interesting to see in action. To me it seems extremely innovative and effective.

The German Solingen steel blade is razor sharp. Not only does it come from the factory sharp, a self-sharpening system helps keep the blade sharpened during each cut. The lade is remarkably easy to pull and cutting through paper is effortless. The Dahle 565 can cut up to 35 sheets of paper in a single pass. A clamping mechanism keeps paper firmly in place.

The base of the cutter is made from metal. This gives the Dahle 565 a heavy-duty feel. The base has a grid printed on it for common cuts and a measuring ruler can be found along the edges of the cutter. An adjustable guide makes it easy to line up paper, photos and other material for continuous cutting.

The Dahle 565 measures in at 18 3/4″ x 14″ and weighs in at 23 pounds shipped. This means the Dahle 565 is extremely easy to pick up and move around. You can use it on just about any desk, table or workstation. This is pretty nice.

The cutter itself has a really nice build quality. Most of the cutter is made from metal. It should easily last for years. While the blade should easily last for a long time, replacement blades are available.

In wasn’t too impressed with old Dahle guillotine trimmers of the past, but this new design seems to really incorporate everything you need in a guillotine trimmer. I would even consider it to be right up there with Kutrimmer guillotines.

You can find the Dahle 565 premium guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of Dahle paper cutters here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you looking for an affordable guillotine paper trimmer that won’t break the bank but will still hold up with constant use? One trimmer you may want to consider getting is the popular MBM Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer (found here). I frequently use this trimmer and this is my review.

MBM manufactures a wide variety of Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers. The model 1035 is the least expensive model offered. It has a 14-inch long cutting length and a cutting capacity of up to 30 sheets of 20# paper. These specifications are more than adequate for most people.

Kutrimmer paper cutters are German engineered and German made. If you’ve ever handled a Kutrimmer trimmer, you’ll notice just how thick the metal components are and just how heavy the trimmer is. The overall build quality on the 1035 is excellent.

You’ll notice, by looking at the picture, that the Kutrimmer 1035 features a grid and a guide. The grid features the most commonly cut paper sizes and the guide slides back and forth. Both of these features make it easy to align and cut documents.

Unlike many of the older guillotine trimmers, the Kutrimmer 1035 has several build in safety features. The most obvious is the built-in plexiglass guard. This guard prevents fingers from being cut or injured. You’ll also notice that there is a paper gauge bar that runs the length of the cutter, only allowing a certain mount of paper to be placed under the blade. This again prevents accidental injuries.

A downside to the Kutrimmer 1035 is that it does not include a clamp. Most of the Kutrimmer trimmers include this feature. The blade on the 1035 is sharp enough that you shouldn’t have any problems. You will only run into issues when cutting slick paper that tends to move around.

The blade on the 1035 is removable and can be re-sharpened, saving you money. Many competitors use disposable blades, requiring you to buy a new blade every time the old one dulls. You shouldn’t have to worry about the blade becoming dull too quickly. The 1035’s blade is made from hardened steel.

Overall I really like the 1035. I think it is perfect for cutting down paper, photographs and other material.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you a copy center, a print shop or a picture framer that is in need of a quality guillotine paper trimmer? One model you may want to consider is the Dahle 561 premium guillotine paper trimmer (found here). We have one of these trimmers on our showroom floor and I have had the chance to use it on several occasions. This is my review.

Dahle has re-designed and improved a wide variety of their guillotine paper trimmers. The result includes their new line of premium guillotine paper trimmers. This includes the model 561, 564, 565, 567 and 569. These cutters are designed for high-end cutting and are designed to be used all day long. These cutters are German engineered and German made.

The first thing that really impressed me when I used the Dahle 561 was the cutting guard. It stands out. It is a corkscrew looking plastic shield that covers the blade as it cuts. The design works great and is very creative. A lot of effort has been made by the people at Dahle to make this cutter safe.

Another thing that I noticed right off the bat was the build quality. It is made out of metal. The base is metal, the cutting arm is metal and the blade is made from high-quality Solingen Steel metal. The blade is razor sharp, which became abundantly clear as I used it to cut paper. It required little effort on my part to cut paper.

The cutter itself is designed to cut paper up to 14 ½-inch long and can cut up to 35 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. It can also be used to cut card stock, photographs, laminated documents and more. A convenient clamp keeps paper in place and keeps cuts straight.

I noticed upon handling the Dahle 561 that the cutter is remarkably easy to move around. It only weighs about 20 pounds shipped. This means you can use it on most desks, tables and other surfaces.

You may be wondering, “How do these cutters hold up compared to a Kutrimmer?” Kutrimmer paper trimmers have an excellent track record and are favorites among our customers. While I can’t make a comparison based on long-term use, I have to say that the Dahle Premium cutters are right up there with the Kutrimmer line of guillotine paper trimmers.

I thoroughly enjoyed using the Dahle 561 and have to say that I am remarkably impressed. I’m not aware of any customer issues to date and believe this line of trimmers will be considered a favorite later down the road.

You can find the Dahle 561 premium guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire line of guillotine paper trimmers here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1135 Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1135 Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you looking for a solid guillotine paper trimmer, but don’t know where to start? One model you may want to consider is the MBM Kutrimmer 1135 guillotine trimmer (found here). I have had a chance to use this cutter and this is my review.

Having a fully stocked showroom definitely has its benefits. We have a great selection of Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers on display and I have had a chance to use several of them. After having used the Kutrimmer 1135, I have to say that my initial impressions are pretty good.

The Kutrimmer 1135 is designed much like the old wood-based Premier cutters but is a much more solid machine. This is because the Kutrimmer 1135 is made from metal. Everything from the base to the cutting arm is made out of metal. Not only that, but the build quality is very nice. Everything just seems to fit together well.

I suppose the build quality shouldn’t be a surprise. MBM’s Kutrimmer line of guillotine trimmers are German designed and German build. This doesn’t mean everything made in Germany is perfect, but those Germans do have a habit of designing things well.

The Kutrimmer 1135 is designed to cut up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. This number is based on standard 20# copy paper. Naturally the thicker the paper, the fewer sheets you will be able to cut.

Unlike guillotine trimmers of old, the Kutrimmer 1135 cuts paper straight every time. This is due in large part to the premium solingen cutting blade and the clamping mechanism that keeps the paper in place. These two features make the Kutrimmer 1135 just about as accurate as a rotary paper cutter.

Guillotine paper trimmers have a reputation of being unsafe to use due to exposed blades. This is no longer a concern. The Kutrimmer 1135 has several safety features built in that prevent fingers from accessing the blade. One of these safety features is a Lexan safety shield. Another safety feature is that the clamping mechanism doesn’t allow anything over the thickness of 25 sheets of paper underneath.

Overall I have to say that the Kutrimmer 1135 is an excellent multi-purpose cutter. It can be used to cut paper, photographs, card stock and more.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1135 guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

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