Posts Tagged ‘Stack Paper Cutters’

Do You Need a Stand with Your Stack Paper Cutter?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Paper Cutter StandsWhen shopping around for a stack paper cutter (found here), you may have noticed that many of the machines out there have the option of a stand. Some cutters even include one. Many customers ask me if a stand is truly necessary. There are certainly a few things to take into consideration before making the decision to purchase a stand. I would like to cover a few of those points.

Stack paper cutters are used to cut and trim large volumes of paper at a time. While these cutters are sometimes used in the office, they are often used on printing floors, warehouses and more. These cutters are the workhorses of the cutting industry and are the cutters used to cut larger stock down to smaller for retail sale and for trimming prints down to specification. Stack cutters range in size and complexity, depending on what is being cut, the types of cuts required and how often the cutter will be used.

These cutters range in weight. On the light end, these cutters are 75 to 100 pounds. In the medium spectrum they can be 200 to 500 pounds. On the heavy end, many of these cutters weight in excess of 1,000 pounds. The lighter cutters are usually manually operating, medium weight cutters are electrically powered and heavy cutters are hydraulic. Most heavy high-end cutters include a stand. The decision on purchasing a stand is usually a factor with manual stack cutters and many electric.

Now that you have a better idea of the weight, you can better understand where a stand may come into play. Some people like to use their stack cutters on a table, workbench or counter. The thing you need to consider is if the table or surface you are using can support the weight of the cutter. On the lighter end, many can. If your table can’t support the weight, a cutting stand is probably going to be a must-have accessory.

Cutting stands are designed specifically for the cutter they are supposed to be used with and thus are designed to provide more than adequate support. They are engineered to also look great and compliment the cutter they are used with. Setting up these stands is usually very easy and they typically ship in a flat box. I have set up these stands in less than 30 minutes.

While weight is certainly a factor to be considered when purchasing a stand, let’s not forget about convenience. A stand takes up the same footprint as the cutter. This means you can easily walk around the cutter and handle it from most angles. A counter or desk can often produce obstacles that make paper cutting more difficult.

Once the stand is set up, you will need to lift and place the cutter on the stand. I recommend this be done by about five people (one on each corner). You can get away with less if it a lighter cutter. Just make sure the paper cutter is properly supported and that someone is able to look from below to see if the points are lining up before the cutter is properly fixed to the base. I don’t recommend the “spotter” be directly under the cutter as this could potentially be dangerous if the cutter is dropped.

If you are dealing with a heavier cutter, and are a little concerned about setting up the stand, please be aware that we have Service Technicians around the country that can help you set up and install your cutter for you. If you are interested in having the cutter set up, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.

If for any reason you don’t see a stand for your cutter, chances are that we can still get one for you. If you have questions about cutter stands, paper cutters or finding the right accessory, give us a call. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Solingen Steel vs. High Speed Steel Cutting Blades

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Triumph Stack Paper CutterWe recently had a customer ask us a very good question about some of the cutting blades available for our Triumph stack paper cutters (found here). Many of our Triumph stack cutters are available with either a standard replacement blade or a premium replacement blade. The customer wanted to know the difference. It ends up the standard blade is made from Solingen steel and the premium blade is made from high-speed steel. So what is the difference between these two types of steel and why would you want one over another?

  • Solingen Steel – Solingen steel is a term attributed to steel made in Solingen Germany. It is generally considered to be high quality steel and has an excellent reputation behind it. The blend used to make this steel can vary. There isn’t any specific set of specifications that define a certain type of steel as Solingen. Again, it simply means it is from Solingen Germany. That said, Solingen steel is considered to be some of the best in the world. In the case of Triumph paper cutters, it is a hardened steel that does a very  good job of cutting paper.
  • High-Speed Steel – This is considered to be some of the highest quality steel out there and is sometimes simply referred to as HSS or HS steel. This is the kind of steel you find in tool components such as drill bits and saw blades. It is superior to high-carbon steel. It is capable of withstanding high temperatures that cause other types of steel to lose its temper (aka hardness). HSS typically has a hardness rated above HRC60. Tungsten and vanadium are alloys often used in the production of high-speed steel.

So in a situation where you have the option between a standard blade (Solingen), or a premium blade (HSS), there are a few factors to consider. First off, the premium blades are about 30-40% more money. That said, the premium blades will last longer and hold their edges longer than the standard blades. It seems pretty straight forward, but we wanted a little more information, so we ended up contacting MBM to see what they had to say about the matter. This is what they said:

“A high speed blade has an inlay that makes the blade stiffer than the Solingen steel blade. It is mostly used on hydraulic cutters due to the pressure from the hydraulics.”

Most of our customers, when it comes to standard manual and electric cutters, opt for the standard Solingen steel blade. These blades are steel extremely tough, last a long time and can be re-sharpened 2-3 times. The cutters ship with the standard blade by default. My recommendation would be to use the standard blade unless you are cutting paper on a commercial level or you notice your standard blades wearing out faster than you would like.

If you still have questions about the standard Solingen blades or the HSS premium blades, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help. Also keep in mind that we are able to provide replacement blades, cutting sticks and other parts for all Triumph, Dahle, Tamerica, Standard, Intelli-Cut and Duplo stack cutters. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

What Makes the Triumph 4305 Paper Cutter so Good?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Triumph 4305 Stack CutterWhen it comes to manual stack paper cutters, very few even come close to holding a candle next to the MBM Triumph 4305 stack cutter (found here). This cutter is a third generation manual stack cutter, with its roots coming from the Triumph 3905 and Triumph 4205. There are many reasons why this cutter is considered to be one of the best and I would like to cover those features in this article.

First off, I would like to go on record saying that I have personally used this cutter. I have used it to cut stacks of standard 20# copy paper (hundreds at a time) to create notepads and business cards here in the office. While this is a manual paper cutter, I would argue that you can cut paper just as fast using this machine than an electric powered machine.

When you remove the top cover to this cutter, and compare the internal workings to other knockoffs, you really see the quality difference. There is a refinement, quality and build in this German paper cutter that you simply don’t find in other cutters. Other cutters appear to have been slapped together and grease slopped in during assembly. I have even seen circlips missing on knockoff cutters. The Triumph cutters are well put together and clearly high-end quality control measures are in place. For whatever reason, German paper cutters are the best…bar none.

What I find most remarkable about the Triumph 4305 is just how easy and how little manual effort you have to put into using this cutter. I have used other cutters where you almost had to hang on the handle and use all of your weight to cut through a stack. The triumph 4305 can cut through 1 ½” of paper in a single pass. This cutter is so beautifully geared that I can cut a stack of paper using a single finger, literally. Trust me, I’ve tried it. Don’t feel intimidated by this cutter.

The manual clamp on this cutter holds paper in place nicely. If you are cutting slick, glossy or coated paper, you may need to go with the Triumph 4705 (found here) as the slick paper may shift a little if the clamp isn’t securely in place. The spinning “hatch” style clamp on the 4705 is pretty much fool proof. That said, I think the Triumph 4305’s clamp is more than adequate for most jobs.

The backstop is very fine, although it is analog. The front hand crank is turned clockwise to bring the backstop forward and counterclockwise (anticlockwise) to take it back. A ruler on the side with an arrow lets you know exactly where the backstop is located. If this isn’t enough refinement for you, it also includes an optical cutting line (laser tool) that shines across the paper to let you know exactly where the blade will come down. Unless you need micrometer level measurements, I really thing this cutter is more than adequate for measuring in a cut. The backstop handcrank can be pulled forward and be disabled to prevent accidental backstop adjustments.

The cutting blade on this cutter is made from heavy duty forged Solingen steel. You can read more about Solingen steel by going here. The blade holds its edge like a razor and can be re-sharpened anywhere from 2-3 times (depending on wear and tear). The blade rests into a cutting stick. With the older models, such as the 3905, you had to fish the cutting stick out. With the new design, the cutting stick conveniently pulls out of the side.

As of this article, the MBM Triumph 4305 (by Ideal) includes the cutting stand. This option comes and goes, but is certainly something to keep your eye open for. In conclusion, I have to say that this is a great cutter. Does it cost more than many other cutters? Yes, but it will outlast those other cutters by years (literally).

Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any stack cutter questions. You can find the Triumph 4305 here  and our entire selection of stack cutters here.

Affordable Stack Paper Cutter Alternatives

Friday, April 20th, 2012

If you print, manufacture or handle hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day, chances are you’re going to need a pretty nice paper cutter. There are several highly reputable manufacturers out there that make some top-notch cutters. Brands include MBM Triumph by Ideal, Dahle and many others. One you may not be aware of, or perhaps may have considered, is Intelli-Cut (found here).

Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters are designed for cutting hundreds of sheets of paper in a single pass. They use a specially designed handle, tough gears and a razor-sharp guillotine-like blade to slice through paper. Many of these cutters are even capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters range from manually operated to electric powered designs. We have had customers use these cutters to cut chipboard, card stock, standard paper and much more.

While there are currently about 16 different Intelli-Cut cutters out there, I would like to highlight two of our customer favorites.

Intelli-Cut 530D Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 530D (found here) – This paper cutter is extremely popular because of its price and capabilities. Using this cutter is fairly easy. First off you need to adjust the backstop, which is manually adjusted. This is done by turning the hand crank located on the front of the machine. Clockwise brings the backstop closer and counterclockwise takes it back. You can tell where the backstop is located thanks to a digital display located on the front of the machine. If you need your paper to be 5″ long, set the backstop to 5″. It’s that easy.

Once you have made your adjustments, you can place your paper inside the cutter. Bring down the clear Plexiglas safety cover, pull the chrome-plated clamp lever down, flip the cutting safety lever and bring down the cutting arm. While this may seem like a lot of steps, the process is remarkably easy to do and will probably only take you a few minutes. This cutter has a 17″ wide cutting width and can cut up to 1 ½” of paper at a time. It also features an optical cutting line that makes it easy to determine exactly where the blade will make its cut. This cutter is very similar in operation to the Tamerica GuilloMax Plus and the MBM Triumph 4305.

Intelli-Cut 550MS Electric Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 550MS (found here)– This stack cutter is a semi-automatic machine. While the clamping mechanism and the clamp are electric powered, the backstop is still manually adjusted. Simply adjust the backstop to where you want the cut to occur and insert your paper. Once the paper is in place, press a button to bring down the clamp and blade. In just seconds you will cut through 1 ½” of paper. This cutter features durable metal construction, an optical cutting line and a safety blade change tool. This cutter is perfect for print shops, copy centers and other businesses that need to cut paper.

One thing all of our Intelli-Cut paper cutters have in common is safety. These cutters feature clear plastic guards that protect you from harm. Electric cutters feature safety keys and buttons while manual cutters require a safety switch be flipped before the blade can be brought down. Stands are available for each of these cutters and are an optional accessory.

As mentioned earlier, we offer about 16 different Intelli-Cut models (found here). Please stop by and check them out. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of our Paper Cutter Specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Affordable Alternatives to the MBM Triumph 4305

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterThe MBM Triumph line of stack paper cutters are immensely popular for many reasons. They are German made, which typically means precision, and they typically hold up for years without issue. One of the most popular Triumph stack cutters is the Triumph 4305 (found here). This manually operated stack cutter is affordable and ideal for low to medium volume stack cutting. What can you do if the budget doesn’t allow for one? Are there any good alternatives?

The Model 4305 is a 100% manual stack cutter. That means that the clamping mechanism, the backstop and the cutting blade are all either adjusted or powered by manual effort. While manual may sound exhausting, this cutter requires very little strength or physical power to operate. This is all due in part to the mechanics and design. The long angled blade handle is leveraged in such a way, combined with gears, that cutting an inch of paper can be done using a single finger.

Triumph is by far one of my favorite lines of stack cutters. If the funds permit, definitely go with a Triumph. If the funds don’t permit, however, it is nice to know that there are some great alternatives out there. I am speaking of Intelli-Cut.

Intelli-Cut paper cutters, made by Intelli-Zone, are designed for precision cutting as well, but at a much lower price. Intelli-Cut paper cutters are often 25-30% less than their Triumph counterparts. Does this mean the Intelli-Cut cutters are just as good as Triumph? Having used both, I can say that I think they both have a good build quality and are both solid. I still have to give the edge to Triumph (barely), but I think you will probably be equally as happy with the Intelli-Cut.

Which Intelli-Cut stack cutters are the equivalent to the Triumph 4305? Here are two cutters that fit the bill:Intelli-Cut 530M Stack Paper Cutter

  • Intelli-Cut 530M Stack Cutter (found here) – This stack cutter mechanically and physically almost identical to the Triumph. It has a mechanical clamping mechanism, a manually adjusted backstop and a manual cutting arm. The safety features are even almost identical. You still have to have the covers in place, and lift on a safety lever, prior to making a cut. Unlike the Triumph 4305, the 530M includes a handy optical cutting line that lets you know exactly where the blade will make its cut.
  • Intelli-Cut 530D Stack Cutter (found here) – This stack cutter is identical to the 530M except for one detail. The 530D has a digital measurement display, located on the top front of the machine, that lets you know in centimeters or inches where the back stop is located. This is nice for making measurements and adjustments.

Regardless of whether you ultimately go with a Triumph or an Intelli-Cut paper cutter, I’m certain you will be satisfied with the end results. You can find our entire selection of Triumph stack paper cutters here and our Intelli-Cut paper cutters here.

Feel free to post a comment, or call us at 1-800-658-8788, with any questions.

Signs Your Paper Cutter Blade is Dull

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

As is the case with all blades, knives and cutters, they will eventually become dull with continued use. This is the case with rotary paper trimmers, stack cutters and guillotines. While all blades will dull, it is sometimes hard to determine if a blade is dull or if the paper cutter is simply having mechanical issues. This article will cover the symptoms of a dull blade and what parts you will need to replace if your paper cutter is dull.

While there is an entire range of different styles of paper cutters out there, there are three main categories that are used by 90% of people. These paper cutters include rotary, stack and guillotine. Each of these cutters use a sharpened blade to cut paper, but the process varies greatly from one format to another. I would like to start off by covering dull rotary cutters, followed by dull stack cutters and finishing with dull guillotines.

Dull Paper Cutter Symptoms

Rotary Paper CuttersRotary Paper Cutters (found here)

ABOUT  – Rotary paper cutters use a round blade to roll across and cut paper, much like a pizza cutter slices through pizza. Some rotary cutters, dubbed self-sharpening rotary cutters, also incorporate a base blade, which usually looks like a strip of metal. As the rotary cutter blade slides along the rail, the round blade rubs against the base blade. This ensures a more accurate cut while also helping to keep the rotary cutter’s round blade sharp.

SYMPTOMS – The first sign of a dull rotary cutter blade are usually manifested in decreased cutting capacity. If your rotary cutter cut 15 sheets out of the box, but is now only cutting 7 or 8 easily, your rotary blade is becoming dull. Another symptom of a dull rotary cutting wheel is burrs forming on the edge of the paper.

REPLACEMENT – Replacing the rotary cutter blade is typically an affordable and easy process. If you have a self-sharpening rotary cutter, be sure to replace the cutting wheel and the base blade as well. While some cutters require the entire cutting head to be replaced, most only require the cutting wheel itself to be replaced, which is far less expensive than replacing the entire paper cutter.

Stack Paper CuttersStack Paper Cutters (found here)

ABOUT – Stack paper cutters use a flat wide blade to cut through hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. This includes simple 20# bond paper up to heavy-duty card stock. This blade is brought down horizontally, with manually leveraged pressure, an electric motor or hydraulic pressure driving the blade. These cutters are popular in print shops, copy centers and with businesses that have specialized cutting needs.

SYMPTOMS – A dull stack cutter blade will have trouble cutting through all the sheets of paper. This should not be confused with a worn-out cutting stuck. The bulk majority of the time that a stack paper cutter is struggling cutting through all the paper, the blade is usually misaligned or the cutting stick needs to be rotated.

In manually powered stack cutters, required cutting effort might increase with a dull blade. Another symptom is cutting lines or artifacts showing along the edge of a cut stack of paper, which is often the result of a nick or gouge caused by cutting through a staple or paper clip.

REPLACEMENT – Before replacing your stack paper cutter blade, be aware that most blades can be re-sharpened about six times. This will save you a lot of money over purchasing a new blade every single time. Blade sharpening should always be considered when purchasing a new stack paper cutter. If the stack cutter’s blade cannot be re-sharpened, consider buying one that can. You will save a lot of money in the long run. It isn’t a bad idea, however, to have an extra blade on hand to prevent downtime while the other blade is being re-sharpened.

Guillotine Paper CuttersGuillotine Paper Cutters (found here)

ABOUT – Stack cutters, often referred to as arm cutters, use a curved long blade with a handle on the end. This blade is manually pulled down, sliding up next to a base blade, cutting paper in a scissor-like motion. Stack cutters are ideal for accurately cutting a lot of paper at once.

SYMPTOMS – Symptoms of a dull guillotine blade typically start with diminished cutting capacity. If the cutter used to cut 30 sheets at a time, and now only cuts 20 or fewer, you may have a dull blade. Cutting through paper clips and staples with a guillotine will often result in a damaged or dull blade.

REPLACEMENT – Replacement blades are available for most guillotines and typically take just minutes to replace. Replacement usually involves removing the safety guard, removing the cutting arm and removing the base blade. Remember, always change the blade on the guillotine’s arm as well as the base blade.

Hopefully this helps you determine whether or not you have a dull blade. At ABC Office we offer replacement blades for most of the paper cutters we offer. This includes Dahle, Kutrimmer, Dahle, Rotatrim, Carl and many other brands. If you can find the blade you need, contact one of our associates at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of new paper cutters here.

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.

How Do Manual Stack Cutters Handle So Much Paper?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Manual Stack Paper CuttersIf you have been shopping around for a manually operated stack paper cutter, you have probably noticed that many of them, especially those by Intelli-Cut, Triumph and Dahle, have massive sheet cutting capacities. Many of these cutters can handle up to 700 sheets in a single pass. So how is it that a manually operated cutter is able to handle so much paper? There are a few factors that make this possible.

I have used many stack paper cutters. I remember years ago shooting a video demo of the now discontinued MBM Triumph 3905 . For fun I placed half ream of paper in the cutter and pulled the handle down using nothing more than my pinky finger. I was able to cut several hundred sheets of paper using nothing more than my pinky finger and a little effort. German stack cutters, like Triumph, are nearly effortless to use.

There are 3 main points that make a stack paper cutter so effective. These points, in my opinion, are all factors that your stack paper cutter should have (especially if you cut paper every day).

  • Stack Paper Cutter Cutaway DiagramAngle – To begin with, a stack paper cutter should be comfortable to use, especially if you will be making multiple cuts every day. For this reason, the cutting arm on a stack cutter should be reasonably easy to access. Most stack paper cutters have an arm that comes up at an angle, but then turns at about 45 degrees to make the grasping handle easier to access. While this is usually the case, I have used stack cutters that had handles that were awkward and difficult to use.
  • Leverage – One of the biggest factors that allow a stack cutter to handle so much paper is leverage. Have you ever noticed how long the handle is on a stack paper cutter? This long handle (or lever) is pivoted on a point that allows you to apply a significant mechanical force on the cutting blade. This leverage allows you to apply little manual force, while applying hundreds of pounds of pressure on the cutting blade. Not to get too technical, but this leverage (by means of a long lever) is expressed by using this mathematical formula: M=Fd. F is the force, d is the perpendicular distance between the force and fulcrum (in this case the lever) and M is the turning force (aka moment or torque).
  • Gears – The torque, force and length of the handle are further enhanced by a series of pivoting points, mechanical linkage and gears (depending on the design of the cutter).

This blend of engineering expertise and design allows you to cut hundreds of sheets of paper in a way that you could never do with a pair of scissors or a knife. Stack paper cutters are used to cut down copy paper, report covers, card stock, plastic sheets and much more.

At ABC Office we offer a great selection of paper cutters. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. This selection includes manual, electric and hydraulic-powered stack cutters.

Intelli-Cut 530D Digital Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Intelli-Cut 503D Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutters slice through and cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. Some are even capable of cutting up to 3″ of paper in a single pass! While not everyone can afford a fully automatic stack cutter, one great alternative is a manual stack cutter like the Intelli-Cut 530D (found here). I recently had a chance to play around with this cutter and this is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Cut is a fully manual stack paper cutter. Don’t let that scare you off. While operation is manual, it is extremely easy to use and takes just seconds to operate. In fact, I am able to cut through 100+ sheets of paper simply by using a couple of fingers. I’m pretty sure even a child could operate this thing (although I wouldn’t recommend it).

So what is manual on this machine? To begin with, the clamping mechanism is activated by pulling on one handle where the cutting is done by pulling another handle. The clamp doesn’t require much force and from what I’ve seen it seems to do a great job of keeping paper in place. The blade, as I mentioned earlier, sliced through the paper like butter.

The backstop on the Intelli-Cut 530D is manual, but has some digital assistance. While you do have to turn a hand crank to move the backstop forward and backward, a digital display on the front left of the machine lets you know exactly where the backstop is located. This makes adjustments extremely easy, not to mention extremely accurate.

The cutting blade on the 530D is made from hardened steel and seems to hold up well with repeated use. As the blade cuts through the paper, it ultimately ends up in a cutting stick, which allows you to cut everything right down to the last sheet of paper. The cutting stick is easy to access and simply pulls out of the side of the machine when it needs to be rotated or replaced.

This is a video demo of the Intelli-Cut 530D in use:

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Safety was definitely in great consideration when this machine was built. Much like Dahle and Triumph stack cutters, the 530D has a clear safety guard that has to be pulled into place before cutting can begin. This helps keep appendages, such as your fingers, safe from harm.

I have used the 530D to cut standard paper, card stock and laminated material. It seemed to handle all extremely well. The build quality is excellent. Just about everything I touched, prodded and tested seemed to be made out of metal. It seems to hold up well right with the great German stack cutters that I have previously used.

I personally used the 530D with the optional stand (which I love), however, you can use this cutter on a table or desk. Just be aware that it does weigh 115 pounds shipped.

Overall I highly recommend this cutter. If the digital display isn’t exactly a necessity for you, you can order this cutter as the Intelli-Cut 530M without the digital display (found here). This machine is perfect for small print shops, copy centers and others that need to quickly cut down up to 1.5″ of paper at a time.

You can find the Intelli-Cut 530D stack paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

What Makes a Heavy-Duty Stack Paper Cutter?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Stack Paper CuttersIf your business is making repeated cuts in excess of a few hundred sheets of paper at a time, throughout the day, you probably need what’s known as heavy-duty stack paper cutters. These are the stack paper cutters that practically run themselves. At ABC Office, we offer a wide variety of different models designed to cut and trim card stock, prints, cards, laminated material and much more.

Not every stack paper cutter can be categorized as heavy duty. While some of our manually operated stack paper cutters can cut a large volume of paper, they aren’t designed for repetitive cuts throughout the day. For something repetitive, you probably need something that is powered by something other than manual force. There are three types of stack paper cutters you may want to use for you heavy-duty operations:

  • Manual Electric Stack Paper Cutters – These types of stack paper cutters, sometimes referred to as semi-automatic, usually have either an electric clamp, an electric cutting knife or both. The thing that makes these “manual” is that some element needs to be manually operated. This may be the clamp, the backstop or another component. Manual electric stack cutters are more affordable than automated or hydraulic machines, but they are also a little slower (depending on the job). A good example of a manual electric stack cutter is the Intelli-cut 550MS.
  • Automatic Electric Stack Cutters – Automatic stack cutters are fully electric and typically include some sort of automated backstop, programmable memory features and much more. These cutters are designed for repeated cuts and multiple paper sizes throughout the day. Simply select the cut you want to create, push a button and let the machine do the rest. The Triumph 6550EP and Intelli-Cut 680EP are good examples of automatic electric stack paper cutters.
  • Hydraulic Stack Paper Cutters – These are considered to be the toughest and heaviest-duty stack paper cutters available. Hydraulic stack cutters use hydraulic pressure to quickly and effortlessly cut through material. These types of paper cutters are typically fully automated, are programmable and are designed for repeated cuts without the need to “cool down.” A good example of a solid hydraulic stack paper cutter is the Triumph 721LT.

This is a video demo of the MBM Triumph 5551EP and 721LT hydraulic stack cutters:

These types of paper cutters are often found in paper manufacturing plants, in-plant printing shops and professional binderies. They are designed for continuous-duty cutting. While the size and capacity of the cutter may vary, the additions of electric motors or hydraulic pumps make these cutters extremely tough.

It has been asked which of these stack paper cutters is best. In my own personal experience, I would have to say that MBM Triumph and Intelli-Cut are probably the most popular. You can find our Triumph stack paper cutters here and our Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters here.

For additional information, or for answers to your questions, please feel free to contact one of our stack paper cutter experts by calling 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

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