Every print shop needs a round corner machine. A round corner machine can be like a crescent wrench for anyone with a tool box. I use the crescent wrench analogy because it is a versatile wrench that allows you to adjust for multiple size bolts. Much like the crescent wrench, the round corner machine comes with multiple sizes dies to help you cut any corner to varying sizes.
Manual or Electric Round Corner Machine?
Well, what will help determine the right machine is the volume you will be doing. Some of the electrics allow you to mass produce items at stacks up to 2”. The manuals will do stacks up to 1” at a time. If you are doing a lot of volume, a good electric will help you keep production costs down with higher productivity.
What is the difference?
Manual Round Corner Cutters
The popular manual cutters you can find on the market are made by Lassco and Akiles.
Akiles Diamond 1 – Manual Corner Rounding Machine.
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 a pretty heavy duty for a manual round corner cutter.
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Lassco CR-20 Desktop Corner Cutter (CR-20)
The Lassco CR-20 Round Corner Cutter is one of the most popular on the market. Lassco has been making round cornering
Lassco CR-20 Desktop Round Corner Machine
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″.
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Lassco CR-55 Corner Rounder Round Corner Machine
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:
Lassco CR-55 Manual Round Corner Cutter[/caption]
- 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.
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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 a time. The 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.
Akiles Diamond 7 Round Corner Machine | Round Corner Cutter
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.
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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.