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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.

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.

Rolling Paper Trimmers vs Rotary Paper Trimmers

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Dahle Rolling Paper TrimmersI had a customer ask me the other day what the difference was between a rolling paper trimmer and a rotary paper trimmer. Rolling paper trimmer? I had to think about that one. I had previously never heard the term.

After doing a little research I discovered the answer. The biggest difference between a rolling paper trimmer and a rotary paper trimmer is this: NOTHING. They are synonymous terms for the same thing.

It ends up that Dahle is coining the term rolling paper trimmer for the type of cutter that most of us refer to as a rotary paper trimmer. Perhaps this change in terminology is warranted.

How does a rotary paper trimmer work? Typically, a round “rolling” blade is encased in a cutting head that slides along a bar. As the cutting head is pushed, the round blade rolls along and cuts the paper.

Regardless of what you call it, these types of paper trimmers are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of cutters used today, due in large part to the booming scrapbooking industry. If you ask a photographer what type of cutter they use to cut photographs, they will tell you that they use a rotary paper trimmer (usually a Rotatrim).

You can find our entire selection of rotary “rolling” paper trimmers here.

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