Which Paper Cutter is Best?

Not trying to state the obvious here, but every print shop needs a paper cutter. Scissors just can’t compete with the clean, perfectly straight cut of a quality paper cutter. Since most of the work done by printers is of a creative nature, the cuts to finished material need to be perfect. After all, customers will always find the imperfections.

There are a couple of paper cutters out there to help you with any project. It just depends on what you are trying to do.

Guillotine Cutter is not just for executing revolutions.

Offi-trim Paper cutterYou don’t have to be a French Revolutionary to enjoy a good guillotine cut. The guillotine paper cutter has one long blade arm that is pulled down to make a cut through stacks of paper. These are great if you’re cutting stacks of newsletters, invitations, postcards, placards, pamphlets, reply devices, or handouts. Because these use heavy-duty blades, they are also typically a heavier unit for stability. They’re often equipped with a tabletop measurement guide clearly marked, and typical cuts are outlined on the surface. One of our models will cut up to 360 sheets of 20# paper in a single stroke.

Make a Precision Slice with a Rotary Cutter

rotary paper cutterIf you need to make a precise cut, but you’re not worried about cutting stacks of paper, then a rotary paper cutter is your best bet. Artists and model builders use these, as well as scrapbookers, photographers, and teachers. The rolling wheel blade is sharp, safe and glides effortlessly over your project on a sliding rail. What you don’t want is the cheaper knock-off version of a rotary cutter. These use a razor-like blade that dulls quickly and works poorly on anything but standard stock paper. Forget cutting photos, artist quality paper, or cardstock.

Most rotary cutter models come with a measurement guide on the surface and the side, plus an adjustable depth guide to help you align your project with precision. You’ll set the transparent clamping bar to hold your trimming material in place and allow you to monitor the trimming process. Then, twin sliding poles will guide your blade with comfort and accuracy. It’s pretty quick and always precise.

Large Guillotine Paper Cutters

Large guillotine paper cutterIf you need to cut stacks of paper at a time, a large electric or hydraulic guillotine paper cutter is what you need. It takes a large cutter blade to cut through stacks of paper at a time. If you are doing projects with consistent measurements and sizes, the new cutters can be programmed to accommodate your plans. This cuts down on programming the cutter and allows anyone to operate the cutter who may have little or no skill.

Check out Lloyd’s selection of paper cutters and see which one is for you.

Author: Garry Jones

is President of Lloyds of Indiana, an Online seller of print finishing products and services located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Garry is a thought leader in the ever changing landscape of marketing and printing.

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