A round corner cutter is a good thing to have around your print shop. They are invaluable tools in
helping finish most projects including laminating jobs, business card jobs or any card cutting, print finishing project. If you
are doing small volume, a manual round corner cutter can get the job done. If you are doing large volume projects, an electric round corner cutter will help you process more material than using a manual cutter.
What is the difference?
Manual Round Corner Cutters
The popular manual cutters you can find on the market are made by Lassco and Akiles.
It works with standard materials like: PVC, polyester, leather, paper, polypropylene, etc. It can cut through multiple sheets at a time without much degradation of the die. The available die sizes are: 1/8″, 1/4″ 3/8″, 45° (straight), half-moon. It is pretty heavy duty for a manual round corner cutter.
The Lassco CR-20 Round Corner Cutter is one of the most popular on the market. Lassco has been making round cornering
machines for a long time. The CR-20 is a handy little machine to have around because it allows for quick little jobs. The CR-20 includes one standard cutting die (1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2) unit of your choice. But, can come with 10 different dies available from 1/8″ to 5/8″.
The CR-55 is a manual round corner cutter, but it is a powerhouse. It has a 2” cut which means you can process a big stack of sheets at one time. For a manual machine, it can process a lot of finishing for you at a very reasonable cost. You can select from 2 sets of dies:
- 1/4” Die W177-C
- 1/4” Radii Blade CR55-14
- 3/8” Radii Blade CR55-38
- 1/2” 1/8” Die W177-F
- 1/8” Radii Blade CR55-18
- 1/2” Radii Blade CR55-12
It is a table with a foot operation.
The manual round corner is perfect the small jobs and quick turnarounds for IDs, pictures, postcards, laminated documents, uv coated documents and cards. Just a good all around machine to have in the shop.
Electric Round Corner Cutters
So, you are increasing your volume in your office. The handheld round corner machines are great, but they do not handle the volume. So, now you need a something that can handle multiple sheets at at time. Good news is, the electric will double your production capacity for round cornering. Again, the top electric round corner cutters are made by Akiles and Lassco.
Again, this machine is for serious round cornering. It has the capacity to handle up to 700 sheets at a time. It has a foot pedal operation. You simply place your documents into the machine and step down on the pedal. So, your customer calls with a big project, you can handle it with this electric round corner cutter. You will make your money back on your investment in no time. The Akiles Diamond 7 comes with a 1.4” die and has available dies in 1/8”, 3/8”, straight and half-moon.
Electric does all the work for you, as it relates to the actual round cornering. It helps speed up the process and produces a consistent cut to make your end product look professional, as you are.
If you are starting out, a manual round corner cutter is all you need, As you increase your volume, a Lassco CR-55 or Akiles Diamond 7 electric will help you manage those big jobs. Either way, a small manual round corner cutter is a necessary tool for any print shop.