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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.

MBM Kutrimmer 1071 Guillotine Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

MBM Kutrimmer 1071 Guillotine Paper CuttersGuillotine paper cutters are handy trimmers to have on hand for a wide variety of photography and paper cutting projects. Using the right paper cutter can mean the difference between complete frustration and absolute excitement. So which cutter should you use? One cutter I have had the chance to use on several occasions is the MBM Kutrimmer 1071 guillotine paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

The MBM Kutrimmer line of guillotine paper cutters is by far one of the most reputable around. There are over 8 different makes and models of Kutrimmer paper cutters available, with the biggest difference between models being the cutting length. These cutters are tough.

The Kutrimmer 1071 is an all-metal cutter, from the base to the handle. It has a cutting length of 28 ½”. For most people cutting photographs and letter-size paper / card stock, this length is more than enough. It has a 40 sheet cutting capacity. I have seen this cutter used to cut paper, photographs, card stock and laminated documents. There are few things this cutter can’t slice through.

The base of the cutter features a screen-printed guide of common cutting sizes. This makes it easy to line up photographs and other material for common cutting patterns.

The arm on this cutter is leveraged in such a way that cutting through 40 sheets of paper is really easy to do. It also helps that the blade is made from high quality metal and is razor sharp. Unlike many cutters out there, when the blade becomes dull it can be re-sharpened.

Unlike guillotine cutters of 10+ years ago, cuts on the 1071 are accurate and precise. This is due in part to the blade and in large part to the solid hand clamp. Are you cutting thin lightweight paper? No worries. The 1071 includes fold-away paper supports that keep delicate paper supported during the cutting process.

The Kutrimmer 1071 is also very safe to use. While the blade is extremely sharp, it is protected during the entire cutting process by a transparent Lexan safety guard.

This trimmer also features an adjustable back gauge, side guides (in inches & metric), a front gauge (rotary knob adjusted) and much more.

Simply put, the Kutrimmer 1071 is one of the best 28″ cutters on the market. It is solid, doesn’t move while cutting and creates straight cuts every time. I would personally recommend this cutter to family and friends.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1071 guillotine paper cutter here and our entire selection of guillotine paper cutters & trimmers here.

Feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about guillotine paper cutters.

Tamerica TM-20 (5 in 1) Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Tamerica TM-20 5 in 1 Scrapbooking Paper Cutter & TrimmerAre you looking for the perfect scrapbook cutter, but don’t have a huge budget to spend? There are a lot of inexpensive paper trimmers out there, but one model that has increasingly grown in popularity is the Tamerica TM-20 (5 in 1) paper trimmer (found here). I’ll explain why in this review.

Tamerica has been manufacturing affordable paper cutters, binding machines and laminators for years. Tamerica is known for making affordable mid-range products that are typically ideal for low to medium-volume use.

The Tamerica TM-20 is a scrapbooking paper cutter for many reasons. To begin with, it has a 12.6″ cutting length. This is idea for cutting photographs, decorative card stock, printed material and much more. It has a 5 sheet cutting capacity with a straight blade.

Not only does the TM-20 come with a straight blade, but it also includes a variety of patterned blades. This includes a perforated blade, a wave blade and a scoring wheel. It even has a built-in corner rounder blade. Swapping the cutting heads / wheels is quick and easy, taking just seconds.

The cutting head slides along a rectangular-shaped bar. This helps keep the head steady, which subsequently improves accuracy. The style of the TM-20 is very modern and fits right in with existing office equipment and supplies.

The base of the Tamerica TM-20 is screen printed with a variety of guides designed to help with common cuts and measurements. The guide is white, screen-printed on the black base. The TM-20 weighs in at 20 pounds shipped, which means it is hefty enough to be durable yet light enough to be easily moved around.

While the TM-20 is by no means a heavy-duty paper cutter, it is excellent for use in the home and for occasional cutting jobs in the office.

I would personally feel comfortable giving this cutter to my wife for all her scrapbooking operations. Considering it comes with a variety of patterned interchangeable wheels, it really is a great value for the price.

You can find the Tamerica TM-20 (5 in 1) paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Dahle 440 Premium Rolling Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Dahle 440 Premium Rolling Paper TrimmerAre you in the market for a high quality rotary paper cutter? If you are, you have probably discovered that there are literally dozens of different models and brands out there. One model you should consider is the Dahle 440 premium 14″ rolling paper trimmer (found here). This is my review.

The premium series of rolling paper cutters from Dahle includes the 440, 442, 444, 446 and 448. These cutters are al very similar in design and quality with the biggest differentiating factor being the cutting length. While Dahle calls these rolling paper trimmers, most people know them as rotary paper trimmers.

The Dahle 440 premium trimmer is capable of cutting paper up to 14 ¼” long. The base of this cutter is made out of folded sheet metal, with a grid pattern screen printed on the surface to help assist with paper alignment. While there is a ruler on the side of the cutter in inches, the grid is in centimeters.

The blade on the Dahle 440 is able to retain its sharp edge for some time. This is due in part to the self-sharpening blade. Each time the cutting head is moved, the circular cutting blade slides against a metal base, which helps maintain an edge. The cutting wheel on the Dahle 440 is capable of cutting in both directions.

Unlike many cheap rotary trimmers out there, the Dahle 440 is German engineered and German made. A cleverly designed clamping mechanism helps keep paper in place during the cutting process.

You will also notice by looking at the picture that the cutting bar is square, which also helps keep cuts straight and accurate. This square bar helps contribute to the 440’s impressive 30 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20lb copy paper). You can use the Dahle 440 to cut card stock, photos, laminated paper and more. Be aware that the cutting capacity goes down as you cut thicker material.

Overall I have to say that I really like the Dahle 440. It still isn’t up to the quality level of the Rotatrim Professional series, but I think it is a great deal and excellent quality for the price. It should be fine for medium-duty and some heavy-duty cutting.

You can find the Dahle 440 premium 14″ rolling paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1043 Guillotine Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

MBM Kutrimmer 1043 Guillotine Paper CutterDo you need a high-efficiency guillotine paper cutter that is in a 17″ length? If so, one model you should look at is the MBM Kutrimmer 1043 guillotine paper cutter (found here). I have had hands-on experience using this cutter and this is my review.

Kutrimmer (by IDEAL) can safely be called the kings of guillotine paper cutters. Along with Dahle, Kutrimmer makes some of the most reputable and well-known metal guillotine cutters around. These German engineered and German built guillotines come in a variety of sizes.

The Kutrimmer 1043 stack cutter is a 17″ long cutter.  That means it can handle and cut most photographs, letter-size paper, card stock and other documents. The 17″ length is ideal for multi-purpose cutting.

The build and construction of the 1043 is impressive. Not only is it all metal, it is made from heavy gauge metal. There is no cheap sheet metal in the 1043. It weighs in at 26 pounds shipped, which gives you an idea on the tough build. It can be set on just about any desk. I have personally picked it up and moved it around. I feel that most people should be fine moving it on their own.

The blade is made from Solingen steel. That means that it is designed to hold its sharp edge for longer. Even better, the blade is designed to be re-sharpened. This will save you a lot of money in the long run.

The Kutrimmer 1043 has a 30 sheet cutting capacity. This capacity is based on standard copy paper. For a guillotine, 30 sheets is pretty impressive. It should be able to handle most cutting jobs out there.

Cuts on the 1043 are straight and true every time. While the quality blade has a lot to do with this, the clamp really helps out. While the blade is cutting the paper, the clamp keeps the paper from moving around. This eliminates annoying crooked cuts and keeps things squared up.

Setting up the Kutrimmer 1043 is very easy. A side guide slides back and forth and can be tightened down easily once you have determined where the cut needs to be. The base of the cutter is printed with common cutting sizes, making common cuts easy and simple.

A transparent Lexan safety guard keeps fingers out of the way during cutting. This is a huge improvement over the older traditional wood base guillotines.

Overall I highly recommend the Kutrimmer 1043 and give it a solid 4 out of 4 stars. I really like Kutrimmer and they have hit the mark with the 1043.

You can find the MBM Kutrimmer 1043 guillotine paper cutter and our entire selection of MBM Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers here.

Dahle 848 Professional Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Dahle 848 Professional Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutters have a variety of different uses. They can be used to cut larger paper down into tiny strips, create business cards, cut down prints and much more. Finding an effective stack paper cutter can be tough. I’ll be honest. There is a lot of junk out there floating around on the Internet.

At ABC Office, we try to only carry high-quality products, which includes stack paper cutters. One stack cutter that continues to be popular with our customers, and offers a great track record, is the Dahle 848 professional stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, all of Dahle’s stack paper cutters feature high-quality German engineering and build construction. This means that our Dahle line of paper cutters hold up well with continued use. This includes the Dahle 848.

The Dahle 848 is completely manually operated. Don’t let this scare you off. Although it is manual, it is remarkably easy to set up and it is very easy to use. It can still be used to keep up with medium to higher-volume jobs.

The blade is capable of cutting up to 700 sheets of standard paper in a single pass. This means if you need to cut a few thousand documents, prints or sheets of paper, you will only need to make a few passes of the blade to get the job done.

If you look at a picture of the Dahle 848, you will notice that the cutting handle is fairly long and features a series of angles. These angles aren’t just for design, they provide incredible amounts of leverage, which makes stack cutting easy.

The backstop on the Dahle 848 is spindle driven and it locks in place. This makes the backstop extremely sturdy and stable. It also makes adjusting the backstop for precision cuts simple and easy. This is also ideal for repetitive cutting.

Both sides of the blade, including the paper, are covered and protected by a clear protective shield. This shield is designed to prevent injuries, and if opened, disable the ability of the Dahle 848 to cut paper.

We have sold the Dahle 848 for well over 10 years now, at least since I started working here, and this cutter has a great track record with our customers. While I still personally prefer the MBM Triumph cutters, I still consider the Dahle 848 to be an excellent value for the money.

You can find the Dahle 848 professional stack paper cutter here. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

MBM Triumph 4850 Electric Stack Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

MBM Triumph 4850 Programmable Electric Stack Paper CutterDo you cut large volumes of paper on a daily basis and need a fast and precise way to do this? If you aren’t using one already, you should consider using a programmable electric stack paper cutter. One model that you may want to consider is the MBM Triumph 4850 electric stack paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, MBM Triumph is considered by many to be one of the largest stack paper cutter manufacturers in the world. These stack cutters, by Ideal, are German made and engineered. The build quality is considered to be exceptional and the customer satisfaction with our own customers is extremely high.

Here are a few specifications on the Triumph 4850. To begin with, it has a cutting width of 18 7/8″ and is capable of cutting up to 3″ of paper in a single pass. This is a lot of paper, making the 4850 capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. This includes standard paper, card stock, chipboard and much more.

Setting this stack cutter up for use is extremely easy. An easy-to-use 10 keypad makes adjusting the backstop a piece of cake. The 4850 has a programmable memory capable of storing up to 99 different jobs. A digital readout lets you know exactly where the backstop is, for easy adjusting.

Measurements are in Inches or Centimeters and are accurate to 1/10 mm or 1/100 inch. From start to cut, it shouldn’t take you more than a minute to have everything ready to go.

One thing I really like about this cutter is the LED optical cutting line. This line will let you know exactly where the blade is going to come down. I find this nice when cutting printed material. While the backstop is precise, sometimes printing registration isn’t always dead on, making the cutting line invaluable.

The Triumph 4850 electric clamp and an electric cutting blade. The clamp can be brought down by itself prior to cutting or be brought down along with the cutting blade. This is all done by pressing a series of buttons. Once the blade has been started, it takes just seconds for the 4850 to cut through 3″ of paper.

I have already mentioned this earlier, but the build quality on this cutter is exceptional. It weighs in at 556 pounds shipped. All the cutting components are made from metal and it is designed to last for years. The Solingen steel blade is extremely tough, but can also be re-sharpened when it becomes dull. The 3/5 HP motor doesn’t flinch and cuts paper without any issues.

Safety shouldn’t be a concern. Anything that could possibly cause injury is covered and protected during the entire cutting process. Safety features include:

  • Hinged, transparent electronically controlled front safety guard
  • Transparent safety cover on rear table
  • Main switch and safety lock with key
  • Electronically controlled, true two-hand operation

I have to say that if you have medium to high-volume stack paper cutting needs, this is a great paper cutter to have. This cutter should be perfect for print shops, copy centers and more.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4850 electric stack paper cutter here. You can find our entire selection of stack 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.

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