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Paper Cutters

Safely cut up to a 3” stack of paper in one swift stroke!  Stack cut paper

Save time and money with a paper cutter next to your printer. Print multiple copies per sheet,  print a stack of sheets, then squarely cut the stacks to create many copies. Choose from small 16” manual or electric drive paper cutters to 32” hydraulic drive programmable paper cutters.

What to consider when choosing a paper cutter:

  • Safety - Does the cutter have built-in safety features to protect the operator during the cutting process and while performing routine maintenance such as blade changing?
  • Construction - All steel contruction is best, a cutter with a wooden base may warp and become unstable.  Easy & safe blade change; any cutter's knife blade will become dull with use and must be sharpened.  The cutter's design should facilitate easy blade change and include a blade change kit.   A well built cutter will last for years and have design features that will provide precise quality cuts with consistent accuracy. 
  • Ease of operation - The more automated features a cutter has the easier it is to operate.  Manually operated cutters can provide precise cuts but require more operator attention to detail and could result in defective cuts due to operator error.  Whereas, a digitally controlled, programmable cutter with automatic clamping and cutting greatly reduces the chance for operator error.  Additionally, the more automated features the cutter has the less chance for operator fatigue, especially when cutting volumes of paper or multiple repeat cuts.
  • Sheet size - What is the maximum sheet size you need to cut or trim now or in the future?  Standard sheet sizes in the US are 8.5" x 11" , 8.5" x 14", 11" x 17" and an oversized sheet; 12" x 18".  The oversized sheet is typically used for a full bleed finish for 11" x 17" or multiple up printing.  If you need to trim the 18" edge on your paper cutter your cutter must have an 18.5" cutting width.  Print shops or digital copy centers might want to cut from parent sheet sizes which would require a larger cutter with a larger cutting width.  Some parent sheet size examples; 26" x 40", 25" x 38", 23" x 35", 22" x 34", 20" x 26".
  • Paper type and weight - If you will consistently cut; delicate paper stock, glossy paper stock or card stock you might want to consider a paper cutter with hydraulic clamping.  Having the paper pile clamped securely prior to cutting is critical for cutting accuracy.  There are three paper clamping methods; manual drive clamping, electric drive clamping and hydraulic drive clamping.  All three clamping methods work, but you may get varying results with different paper stocks.  Manual clamping depends on the operator and can result in different clamping pressures with each cut, affecting the quality.  Electric drive clamping is consistent, the clamping pressure is fixed with the same pressure applied with each cut.  This fixed clamping pressure could possibly damage delicate stock however, you could use tools such as cutter pads or chip board to eliminate or reduce the damage.  Hydraulic clamping offers the most versatility and control allowing the operator to adjust the clamping pressure to suit the paper stock to be cut.  Hydraulic clamping pressure can be increased or decreased, once set the pressure will be consistent with each cut that follows.
  • Space & Electrical Requirements - Typically smaller cutters less than 18.5" cutting width don't take up more space than an average office copier and can be powered by a standard electrical outlet.  Smaller cutters can be heavy weighing 200 lbs or more and will ship by truck, so you will need to have the facility, tools and/or strong people who can handle the weight.  Larger cutters; 18" cutting width and larger are heavy, require more space and may have special electrical requirements.  Larger cutters can weigh anywhere from 300 lbs to over 2,000 lbs.  When choosing a larger cutter you must be sure that the cutter's specifications such as size, weight and electrical requirements can be accommodated by your facility.  Do you have a loading dock and/or the necessary equipment to receive heavy equipment?  Will the cutter fit through your door(s) and passage ways to it's final destination?  Can the electrical requirements be met?  You may have to have an electrician install the required electrical outlet or connection, it is advisable to contact an electrician prior to your purchase and have the proper electric installed before delivery of your new cutter.  Need help or have questions?  Call Brett at 1-800-ETBRETT

Paper Trimmers

Safely trim a single sheet or multiple sheets with precision!Trimmers-single to multiple sheet cutting

Paper trimmers are widely used; at home, in the office, in art and photo studios and printing centers.  Paper trimmers provide a precise, clean edge cut with their built-in grid lines and straight edge guides.  Paper trimmers can precisely cut single or multiple sheets of regular paper, card stock and specialty papers.  Some trimmer models can cut heavy materials such as matteboard, plastic and metal foil.  Some trimmer models can cut up to 40-50 sheets at once with precision, the key is a built-in paper clamp.  A paper trimmer with a built-in paper clamp securely holds the paper stack while cutting thereby eliminating paper push out and uneven cuts.  Rotary trimmers use a round rotating blade carriage that rides on a rail above the sheet.  Rotary trimmers are availabe from small desktop units typically  used for craft projects to large floor models designed for timming wide-format material.

What to consider when choosing a paper trimmer:

  • Safety - Does the trimmer have built-in safety features to protect the operator during the cutting process such as a transparent safety guard that covers the blade in every position?
  • Construction - You will find paper trimmers with bases or tables constructed from wood, poly-board, plastic and steel and blades made from steel, stainless steel and solingen steel.  Typically a trimmer that is higher priced than other trimmers with similiar specicfications and features will be constructed of better quality materials.  Choose a trimmer with the quality level that matches your expectations on the accuracy your applications require and/or how often it will be used.
  • Features - Clamping device prevents paper movement while trimming.  Adjustable back gauge to squarely fix the paper.  Narrow trim or lightweight paper supports.  Re-sharpenable blade.
  • Sheet size - What is the maximum sheet size you need to cut or trim now or in the future?  Choos the trimmer that has a cutting length that will handle the largest sheet you need to trim.  If you will need to trim a 11" x 17" sheet on the 17" side choose a trimmer with an 18" cutting length.
  • Rotary Trimmer - Small desk-top rotary trimmers are ideally suited for crafts and scrapbooking, some of the smaller rotary trimmers have specialty blades for wavy cuts, perforating and scoring.  Larger rotary trimmers are ideally suited for trimming wide-format materials such as laminated signs and posters.  Although some rotary trimmers specifications indicate you can cut multiple sheets at one time you may not get the best result, they are better suited for single sheet trimming.  A stack trimmer with a gulliotine blade is better suited for multi-sheet trimming.
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    A 28" cutting width accommodates parent sheet sizes.

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    Hydraulic blade and clamp drive paper cutter

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    Automatic Programmable Paper Cutter with Touch Screen Control & Infared Safety Beams.  Now Expanded Cutter Automation with VRCUT!

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    Automatic programmable cutter with a 20 3/8" cutting width is ideally suited for your digital print center.

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    Automatic clamping and cutting in a cutter that allows for full image bleed trimming to 11"x17"

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    With its 18-5/8" cutting width you can trim to a full image bleed 11"x17"

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    Cut Up To A 2-3/4" Stack of 12" x 18" Paper In One Swift Stroke!

    If you need to trim the 18" edge, the Digicut 180's 18 3/4" cutting width will get the job done!
    When you need to cut large sheets but don’t have the process quantity to justify a more automated paper cutter the Digicut 180 can be the solution that fits the budget.

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    25-1/2" cutting width accommodates parent stock

    Automatic Programmable Cutter with Touch Pad Control

    The DIGICUT 253 with its ergonomic working height is especially suitable for perfect print finishing in combination with digital printing installations. With a cutting width of 25 1/2" and a cutting height of 3" this cutter guarantees professional, efficient and safe cutting and trimming.

     

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    Cut Up To A 1-1/2" Stack of Paper In One Swift Stroke!
    Designed and Engineered to Provide Consistent Quality Results and Safe Operation in the Office or Small Printing Center

     

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