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Picking The Right Paper Cutter for Your Print Shop

Paper Cutters Are Handy Tools

What are you cutting at the office? At our print shop, we will cut printed sheets down to size against margin guides. Or, we are cutting a stack of paper in half. Or, we have to cut a fine edge that requires precision cut with no mistakes.

Every office needs a paper cutter, the only question is, which one?

Paper cutters basically come in two flavors these days – Guillotine and Rotary. So, the main consideration for selecting any paper cutter is volume and speed. But, you also need to take into consideration the safety of your staff and how accurate cuts need to be.

Guillotine Paper Cutterguillomax guillotine paper cutter

Guillotine paper cutters are commonly found in offices. They’re sharp, can cut through multiple sheets with ease, and there are some great measurement guides on the working surface. Multiple sheets at a time speak to the volume necessity but often works against accuracy. The clamps and lockable gauges of the Kutrimmer tabletop trimmer assist with accuracy, but its most impressive additions are safety features. Different models of guillotine cutters basically allow for larger sheets and more working space.

Rotary Paper Cutterakiles rollblade rotary paper cutter

The most accurate cuts will always be made with Rotary cutters. My personal favorite is a roll blade rotary trimmer. The Roll-Blade rotary trimmer not only has great measurement guides and a self-sharpening tungsten blade, but it also cuts through cardboard and some plastic with just as much accuracy as it does with paper. And, unless you’re really trying, it’s virtually impossible to cut yourself with this rotary.

Large Electric or Hydraulic Paper Cutterstriumph 7260 hydraulic paper cutter

For large stacks of paper that need processing, a large electric or hydraulic paper cutter is what you need. The larger blades can cut through bigger stacks. The machines can also be pre-programmed to operate common cuts that need to be done to cut down a project. This makes it easy to train non-skilled labor who have trouble with simple math. (Sounds insulting, but it is the reality). High volume projects need a large paper cutter.

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