Posts Tagged ‘Paper Cutter Reviews’

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.

Dahle 846 Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Dahle 846 Professional Series Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutting is an invaluable part of the print business. Once prints are made, they typically need to be cut down to size. If you are in the market for a stack cutter, you may want to consider the Dahle 846 stack paper cutter (found here). I have had a chance to use model and this is my review.

Dahle manufacturers are wide variety of stack paper cutting machines. Their professional series of stack cutters includes the models 842, 846 and 848. All three of these stack cutters have been around for years. Dahle stack cutters are German engineered and German made.

The Dahle 846 is a 16 7/8″ wide stack cutter capable of cutting up to 500 sheets of paper at a time. You may notice, looking at the overall design, that it is very familiar to the popular line of Triumph stack cutters. This is because the angled manual arm design of the Dahle 846 is proven to be easy to use and operate. Many manufacturers use this design.

This stack cutter features a spindle driven backstop activated by a crank handle on the front of the machine. As this handle is turned clockwise or counter clockwise, the back stop moves forwards and back. This is how cutting measurements are entered into the machine. The process is simple and effective.

Both the Solingen Steel cutting blade (guillotine style) and the clamp are manually activated. Both require little effort to operate. Because of the way the cutting handle and the gears are designed, the handle requires little effort to bring down. I personally didn’t notice much difference in effort between cutting 100 versus 500 sheets.

The cutter can be placed on a counter or workbench or be attached to an optional cutting stand. I have used stack cutters on counters and stands and don’t have much preference between the two. The biggest advantage of using the optional stand is that you can easily move around the cutter.

Safety measures have been put in place to prevent injury while using the cutter. This includes covers on both sides of the blade. The clear plexiglass cover allows the operator to still be able to easily view what’s going on during the cutting process.

The build quality on the Dahle 846 is nice. It works well. Many people have asked me, however, which I would choose between a Dahle and a Triumph stack cutter. While I like the Dahle, I love the Triumph. The difference in cost may be the deciding factor though. Dahle machines are typically less expensive than the Triumph.

You can find the Dahle 846 Professional Series stack cutter here. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Akiles Roll-@-Blade 1815 Rotary Paper Trimmer Review

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Akiles Roll-@-Blade 1815 Rotary Paper TrimmerAre you cutting photographs, laminated material or other documents that require extreme precision? You probably want the cut to be as straight as possible. Whether you’re tired of your piece-of-junk cutter or are in the market for a new one, you should seriously consider the Akiles Roll-@-Blade 1815 rotary paper trimmer (found here). This is my review.

Akiles is best known for their line of binding machines. It should be known, however, that their cutters aren’t half bad either. With several models to choose from, Akiles paper cutters are known for their build quality and reliability.

The Roll-@-Blade 1815, sometimes called the Roll-A-Blade, is a rotary paper trimmer capable of cutting material up to 18-inches long. It has a maximum cutting capacity of 15 sheets of standard 20# paper. While these dimensions are great, this cutter is best used for its precision.

Akiles Roll-@-Blade 1815 Rotary Paper Trimmer Cutting HeadThe Roll-@-Blade 1815 uses a housed rolling blade that slides along two independent cutting rails. These two rails keep the cutting head stable and solid, making it ideal for cutting photographs, laminated sheets and other material. The difference between a double bar rotary trimmer and a single bar rotary trimmer are like night and day.

As previously mentioned earlier, Akiles is known for their build quality. The Roll-@-Blade 1815 is no exception. This cutter uses a self-sharpening tungsten blade. The housing for the blade is made from solid metal, where many comparable cutters opt to use the cheaper plastic.

This trimmer uses a clear clamping mechanism to keep paper in place while trimming. The fact that the clamp is clear allows the operator to see what is being cut. This style of clamping mechanism does a very good job at keeping the paper steady.

The base of the Roll-@-Blade 1815 uses a grid system for alignment. This makes it easy to align paper. A sliding guide can be loosened and adjusted to line up with the grid. I really like the fact that the grid is in both English and Metric measurements.

Overall I have to say that the Roll-@-Blade is a solid little cutter and I would not hesitate in using in for my own cutting projects. If 18-inches isn’t long enough, the Roll-@-Blade is available in a 36-inch version called the Roll-@-Blade 3615 found here.

You can find the Akiles Roll-@-Blade 1815 rotary paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper trimmers here.

Foster Keencut Classic Rotary Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Foster Keencut Classic Rotary Paper TrimmerAre you looking for a good alternative to a Rotatrim Professional rotary trimmer? This may be to save money or simply because you want to try something different. One model you should seriously consider is the Foster Keencut Classic rotary paper trimmer. I have used this rotary trimmer and this is my review.

To begin with, have you noticed the similarities between the Keencut Classic and the Rotatrim Professional? The design looks very similar. Probably the biggest similarity, and the biggest plus, is the cutting rail. The Keencut Classic has two rails for the cutting head, which makes cuts straight and accurate every time.

The Keencut Classic features an aluminum metal base that is lightweight and sturdy, measuring in at 15-inches deep. You can get the Keencut Classic in a variety of different lengths starting at 12 inches and going up to 48 inches.

The length you use depends entirely on what you will be cutting. Be sure you get a cutter that not only handles what you’re cutting now, but will also handle future jobs.

The Keencut Classic is commonly used by photographers, scrapbookers, graphic arts departments and many more. It can be used to cut up to 10 sheets of 20# paper, thin tissue paper, plastics and can even be used to cut 0.08-inch aluminum printing plate.

I have personally used this cutter to cut laminated paper without any issues. The cuts are clean and are absent of burs. The effort needed to push the cutting head is minimal.

The Keencut Classic also includes an adjustable guide that is attached to a ruler. This makes it easy to align paper and ensures the cut is where it’s supposed to be.

Overall I am impressed with this cutter. I definitely consider it to be a great alternative to Rotatrim and Dahle rotary trimmers.

You can find the Foster Keencut Classic rotary paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper trimmers here.

MBM Triumph 4215 Electric Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

MBM Triumph 4215 Electric Stack Paper CutterDo you need a reliable stack paper cutter that can cut down print jobs, card stock and other paper-based material? One machine you should seriously consider is the MBM Triumph 4215 electric stack paper cutter by Ideal (found here). I have had an opportunity to use this cutter and this is my review.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Triumph line of cutters from MBM, most people consider them to be the most reliable and dependable stack paper cutters around. MBM, the parent company, makes paper cutters (Triumph, Kutrimmer), Destroyit shredders and other fishing equipment. This equipment is German engineered and German Made.

The Triumph 4215 stack cutter is the big brother to the manual Triumph 4205. The biggest difference is that the Triumph 4215 has an electric blade that does all the cutting and a digital display rather than an analog ruler for measurements. The clamping mechanism is still manual, but takes just seconds to apply. It is considered to be a semi-automatic paper cutter.

Triumph 4215 Stack Paper Cutter Digital DisplayThe 4215 is extremely easy to use. You can adjust the backstop in just seconds. Simply wind the guide handle, located on the front of the machine, either clockwise or counter clockwise. A digital display located on the front of the machine will let you know exactly what the measurements are in inches or centimeters.

Once measurements have been set, simply put your paper in the cutter, pull down the protective plexiglass cover and push the buttons to bring down the blade. A couple of buttons are required to be pressed simultaneously. This is done for safety, ensuring no hands are in or near the blade during the cutting process. The cutter won’t operate while the protective guard is up.

The Triumph 4215 can cut paper up to 16-inches wide and can cut as stack as thick as 1 ½-inches. This can be paper, card stock and other material. For the size of the machine, this is very impressive. It can be used on a durable work bench or solid table, but is available with an optional stand as well. The cutter’s shipping weight is 191 pounds.

One really nice feature I have found with the Triumph 4215 is that the Solingen steel blade seems to stay sharp for an extra long time. When the blade becomes dull, it can be removed and be re-sharpened. Many stack cutter manufacturers use blades that dull quickly and cannot be re-sharpened. This is definitely something you should take into consideration when buying your machine.

Overall I really like this machine. I have enjoyed every Triumph cutter I have used. They are some of the most solid cutters I have ever used and the build quality is unsurpassed.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4215 electric stack cutter here. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Dahle 550, 552 & 554 Professional Rotary Paper Trimmer Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dahle 550, 552, 554 Rolling Rotary Paper TrimmersFinding a good rotary paper trimmer can be tough and finding one that is affordable can be even more difficult. One model you may want to consider is Dahle’s 550 series of professional rotary paper trimmers. This includes the Dahle 550, 552 and 554 trimmers (found here). We have some of these cutters on our showroom floor and I have had a chance to use them. This is my review.

The Dahle 550 series of rotary trimmers, sometimes called rolling paper trimmers, are often brought up as alternatives to Rotatrim paper trimmers. This is because the Dahle 550 series trimmers bring a similar level of quality and productivity at a lower price.

The Dahle 550, 552 and 554 are pretty much the same cutters, but are in different lengths. Each trimmer uses a round rolling blade to cut material. The blade looks a lot like a pizza cutter wheel and even rotates as it is being used.

These trimmers can be used to cut paper, photographs, card stock, laminated documents and more. They are rated to be able to cut up to 20 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This number will decrease if you are cutting thicker material or card stock.

Capacity isn’t the selling point for a rotary trimmer though. What most people consider to be most important is precision and the ability to cut a straight line. The Dahle 550 series trimmers can do this well. The cutting head is easy to use and slides easily along the bar. The clamping mechanism seems to hold the paper well, preventing crooked cuts.

One feature I would like to see in the Dahle 550 line of trimmers is two sliding rails instead of just one for the cutting head. Multiple rails, as found in the Rotatrim Professional Series, make the trimmer more stable when cutting multiple sheets of paper. The single rail used does still seem to be stable and should still provide accuracy when cutting photographs and other material.

The Dahle 550, 552 and 554 have a printed grid patterns on the base of the trimmer. This grid can be used to align pictures, paper and helps to ensure a straight cut. Be aware, however, that the grid is in metric measurements. Even the common paper sizes printed on the base are metric paper sizes (A4, A5, etc.). I would like to see grid patterns in inches for those of us in the United States.  It does, however, include a side ruler in inches.

Overall I consider the Dahle 550 series of trimmers to be good machines, especially for the price. Are they as good as Rotatrim? No, but that is like comparing a Ford to a Porsche. The Porsche is great, but the Ford is probably just fine for most people.

You can find the Dahle 550, 552 and 554 professional rotary trimmers here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Carl RT-200 / RT-218 Rotary Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Carl RT-200 and RT-218 Rotary Paper CuttersAre you a scrapbooker or need a paper cutter for cutting down paper, photographs and card stock using interchangeable blades with different cutting patterns? One line of cutters you may want to consider using is the Carl RT-200 or the Car RT-218 rotary paper cutters (found here). I have personally used these cutters and this is my review.

I originally got a Carl RT-200 for my wife as a Christmas present. She really liked it and ended up asking me to buy a few additional cutting blades. The Carl RT-200 comes with a straight blade, but optional blades may be purchased. These blades include a scoring blade, a perforating blade, a scallop blade, a Victorian blade and many more. In all, there are about 11 blades you can get for the RT-200 and RT-218.

Deckle Cut Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218My wife primarily uses the RT-200 to cut down photographs, but has also used it to cut down patterned paper. You know, the paper that you get at craft stores that has flowers and stuff printed on it. As a guy, and being pretty unfamiliar with the scrapbooking world, I don’t know the exact terminology for this stuff.

Victorian Cutting Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218My wife has had the RT-200 for about two years now and it still works well. The blades themselves are very easy to change out, so if for any reason a blade does go dull, no problem. I’m not saying my wife is hard to please, but if she still likes the cutter after two years, it’s a pretty safe bet many people will as well.

Colonial Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218The RT-200 and RT-218 aren’t designed for high-volume cutting. They are primarily targeted towards hobby, scrapbooking and light-volume use. For the price though, they are great little cutters.

Both cutters are rated at cutting 10 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. The only difference between both models of cutter is the cutting length. The RT-200 has a 12-inch cutting length and the RT-218 has an 18-inch cutting length.

Having used these cutters myself, I have to say that my overall impression is pretty high. Both the Carl RT-200 and RT-218 easily compete with (and exceed) Fiskars, Purple Cows and other popular hobby cutters.

You can find both the Carl RT-200 and RT-218 rotary paper trimmers here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters 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.

Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper CutterSoccer isn’t the only thing Germany’s good at. They’re also pretty good at making office equipment. The Dahle 858 Premium stack paper cutter (found here) is a prime example. This stack cutter is designed and built in Germany. I have had a chance to use this cutter and this is my review.

To begin with, the Dahle 858 is pretty easy to assemble, but it will probably require a few people to help out. I believe we assembled ours in less than 30 minutes (including the stand). The best thing to do is to assemble the optional stand (if purchased), put the cutter on the stand and then tighten down the bolts (holding it to the stand). You don’t have to use the stand if you prefer to use it on a workbench or table.

The optional stand keeps the Dahle 858 at an ideal level for cutting paper. The stand also includes a convenient shelf where you can place paper and other material.

One thing that struck me as different with the Dahle 858 is the cutting arm. Unlike most manual stack cutters that have the cutting handle on the side, the Dahle 858 has the handle in the front. This means that you pull the handle down facing the cutter. While different, I don’t mind it. It saves space and allows lefties to use it.

The Dahle 858 is capable of cutting up to 700 sheets of paper, which is a lot for a manual stack cutter. It can cut paper up to 18 5/8-inch wide. The actual cutting doesn’t take a lot of effort, although I still think the Triumph cutters are a little easier to use.

The backstop seemed pretty easy to adjust and there are several common paper size guides screen printed on the base of the cutter. Registry seemed to be accurate and the cut appeared to be clean. A laser can be turned on if you need to know exactly where the blade will come down on the paper.

An indicator on the left side of the paper cutter lets you know where you are in the cutting process. One light lets you know when the cover is open, another lets you know when the cut is in process and a third light lets you know when the cut is complete.

The clamping mechanism in this cutter is far different from what I have used in the past. Most stack cutters have a separately operated clamping mechanism. The Dahle 858’s clamp and cutter are both activated by using the same handle. The clamp, although unusual, seemed to keep the paper in place while I cut.

If safety is a concern, you can put your mind to rest. The Dahle 858 has several plexiglass covers that prevent access to the blade while it is in use. Because the guard is clear, it is still easy to see what’s going on during the cutting process.

Overall I consider the Dahle 858 Premium stack cutter to be a good machine. It is ideal for use in art departments, custom frame shops, print shops, copy centers and other businesses that cut paper on a regular basis.

You can find the Dahle 858 Premium stack cutter here. You can find our entire selection of manual stack cutters here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1038 Paper Cutter Review

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1038 Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you in need of a versatile, multi-purpose paper cutter that can be used to cut photographs, paper, laminated material and more? Guillotine paper trimmers are great multip-purpose cutters and the Kutrimmer 1038 (found here) may be a model you should consider using. I have used this paper cutter and this is my review.

You may remember the good ol’ days of the wooden base guillotine trimmers. They were rickety, often dull and seemed to always cut paper crooked. Gone are those days. The MBM Kutrimmer 1038 uses a similar method for cutting paper, but is improved 10 fold.

The MBM Kutrimmer 1038 by Ideal is made entirely of metal. The base is metal, the arm is metal and the cutting blade is made from a high quality alloy. The build quality is top notch and it is extremely stable. Gone are the days of crooked arm cutters.

The MBM Kutrimmer 1038 is capable of cutting up to 50 sheets of paper. This isn’t difficult to do. Many “dull” cutters require a lot of force to cut the paper. The 1038 requires little effort and the razor-sharp blade easily cuts through the paper.

Don’t be concerned about the razor-sharp blade. The Kutrimmer 1038 features a plexiglass guard that prevents bodily injury. You can see this guard in the photograph.

One of the biggest improvements in the Kutrimmer 1038 versus other cutters is the clamping mechanism. One of the reasons cuts on this machine are so straight and accurate (other than the sharp blade) is that the clamping mechanism keeps the paper still and in place.

The Kutrimmer 1038 also includes an easy-to-use sliding guide that makes it easy to adjust the cutter for measured cutting. The base includes a lined guide for common paper sizes. A catch tray on the side of the cutter keeps cut pieces of trimmed paper in place for easy cleanup.

Mobility with the Kutrimmer 1038 is pretty easy. It weighs in at 29 pounds, which means it’s very easy to move around and can be used on almost any surface.

Overall I consider this to be a pretty nice cutter and highly recommend it. You can find the MBM Kutrimmer 1038 here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

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