Trimmer or guillotine

I've found these two cutters for about the same price - AccuCut A445pro 4in1 and ClassicCut CL200.

The rolling trimmer is much more versatile, but I've only seen guillotines recommended here. Are there any disadvantages to trimmers I should know about?

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Guillotines vs Rolling Trimmers

Well, from the few of each that I've used, they break down this way....

Rolling trimmers are great for high-precision cuts for many different sizes, which is one reason why they're so popular among scrapbooking enthusiasts. Unfortunately, they usually only cut one piece of paper or cardboard at a time (well). However, while many lack firm guides to hold the paper still, you can generally see the exact cut you're going to make.

A guillotine usually has a heavy and strong blade, facilitating cutting multiple pieces at a time (often 3-5 pages, some up to about 10). They usually also have a big "straight-edge" guide to hold the pages in place while cutting. That being said, many models don't show you the *exact* cut you're going to make, but instead rely upon you lining the edges of the paper up against the ruler (say, at the 5.5" mark, to cut letter-size in half).

So I guess it boils down to this. If you want to cut a lot of D*I*Y Planner forms, and other generic straight edges, get a guillotine. If you need a high-precision tool that can also be used for scrapbooks and design work, and you have a fair amount of patience for cutting forms and the like, get a rolling trimmer.

Note that this is only my limited experience speaking here. Perhaps people with certain rolling trimmers might be able to speak a little more to their benefits and models.

all my best,

I bought a new portable

I bought a new portable rolling trimmer last Saturday. The one I had didn't have a pull-out ruler guide so I'd gone looking for one which does.

I didn't get round to using it until this evening and had a most pleasant surprise. What I thought - and was told by the shop assistant - to be a spare blade turned out to be a corner trimmer! It's very useful as my Circa junior covers have rounded corners, while the inside pages (trimmed from regular A4 paper) don't. I was actually considering getting a heavy and expensive corner trimmer (about US$100/-), but now I don't!


Rolling Trimmer

What brand is your trimmer, Chet? Can you post a link? Thanks!

It's the CARL Shacut Cutter

It's the CARL Shacut Cutter SHC-100, but I can't find it when I did a google. There are some similar ones at the CARL site but there's nothing said about an included corner trimmer.

One like this ?

"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Yes, the exact same one.

Yes, the exact same one. Except mine came with the cutter. It's a very important component of my home-made notebooks!

Madame la Guillotine! The cure of your papiery headaches

I still use an A2 Meyer Precision Trimmer for my fine art work and I agree with Doug's comments. However If anyone were to reequip I would suggest a top notch guillotine for heavywieght art papers, D*I*Y planners, etc; a second for mounting boards and a separate Rolling trimmer for any lightweight papers or precision work.. I also use a simple frame for taking paper samples to use in my Filofax personal organiser (3¾" x 6¾") I draw a thin pencil line around the inside and simply cutout with whatever comes to hand...

Note mine claims 6 sheet capacity, automatic edge guide and push pull action and it was top of the range. I cannot use profanites on this site can I?

choosing a cutter

i did some looking around and found good comments about this one at another site

and this one

the criticism of the guillotine type cutters was that they don't hold the paper flat and when cutting multiple sheets the paper tends to bunch up, get crooked, and tear/fray. anyone else have the same experience? i don't know which specific model they used -- might have been a cheap one.

i may try the $17 cutter, but would prefer getting something that could handle 5-10 sheets or so at a time with ease. does that mean the $200 range, when you all are referring to good quality and top notch?

yes, it depends on the quality

For instance, my guullotine cutter (see link above) has a clamp that pressed down on the pages, preventing them from slipping and sliding while cutting, and its extremely sharp blade just cuts right through about 30 pages with no problem. If I cut more, I need to make sure I use a very swift motion (which should always be done with this type of cutter) and make sure everything is stable, and firmly held. But I've cut through about fifty sheets at a time--not that I recommend it--with my cutter--yes, that's extreme, but any good guillotine should handle 10 pages no problem--again, caveat--good cutter. Expect to pay. Mine was over $200, but I use it for many things, and it's more than paid for itself in paying a printer to cut my booklets we print.


Paper cutter questions??

As to the corner cutter...If you just need that feature, you can get a good unit for that at Hobby Lobby or Michaels or any scrap booking/archival store. You canget many different radius of cutters and even some special pattens (which I have no need for) but they typically cost from $1.50 to $10 for the cutter which cuts from 1-10 pages per cut depending on the model and paper type.

On another note, I too am looking at larger cutters and wondered if anyone had experience with either one of these units I have seen on EBAY...

1. Martin-Yale 7000E Cutter (Too expensive for me, but I have heard of them in the past and know that they are quality)

2. QCM-1200E (This is the model I am eying, but I have no background on the manufacturer or their quality control)

3. COME SG-298 (I am aware that they make several heavier units and they might be a better option...)

4. COME SG-3988 (Heavier Model of above unit, would consider buying a used one of these if I could locate one)

I am looking to be able to cut either 250 sheets of 20lb copy paper or 100 sheets of 110lb card stock per cut. This will become part of my home office and have many uses beyond my DIYPLANNER forms that I cut. Presently, I take stuff to Kinko's and they charge $1.5/cut which is cheap.... but I am viewing this as a lifelong investment of around $250US so I can use it all the time for years... One of the main tasks I need it for is that I have a great big stack of bound reports from several years of work, that I want to cut the spine off so I can digitize them with my scanner and its ADF... These are generally about 150-300 pages thick and I have tried cutting the pages out w/ an exacto knife (it does not work very well...) I hate to throw them out, but I really need thespace they are taking up...+ I'd love to have such a cutter around for my planner forms and other Opinions please ???


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Paper Cutter

After reading this thread, it is quite apparent to me that I am behind the times on paper cutting. My tool of choice is the blue plastic-handled scissors that was in my desk drawer the day I started my job 3.5 years ago. Sometimes I use the kind of cutter with the ruler across the top and the large cutting blade with a handle that rocks downward (and makes that ungodly squeeeeeaking sound) to chop. I have not clicked on any links to see what a paper guillotine looks like, but I have this image in my mind of someone wearing a black hood and saying "off with the scrap!" right before cutting along the line. LOL



Bob you better buy a black hood because you are using a guillotine cutter :) The new ones have safety features... I remember being in grade school with full access to a ginormous ancient guillotine cutter... those were the days :D
my artwork

Call Me "Stumpy"

Its too bad I didn't know about the safety features sooner...



I'm not sure what link you're referring to. I'd like to know what you have, as when I buy a guillotine-style trimmer, I'd like to be able to use it to trim the edges of signatures even for bookbinding, as well, so I need more than a 5-10-sheet capacity.

Be blessed!
~Rachel <><

You need a "stack cutter" I think

I've seen these at the print section of the local office supply megamarts -- think a guillotine cutter with a clamp to keep the paper from sliding around. You can attempt to cut more than about 5 sheets on a standard guillotine cutter, but the force of the blade tends to shove the pages around.

Stack cutters aren't cheap but if it's something you plan on doing a lot of, it may be a worthwhile investment.

This bad boy...


This bad boy will do what you want, and more. I use it to cut booklets (A5) up to 50 pages! It clamps down, holds the paper, and just cuts. It's also self-sharpening. It cost me a bit, but was _well_ worh it for the amout of cutting I must do. It's not a press guillotine, but just about good enough for me. There are others, but I know this guy, and he'll do the job for you.