Choosing The Right Paper Trimmer


There are a lot of Trimmers on the market these days. Capacities, Capabilities, and mechanisms vary so we at United want to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.


1. Consider the Amount of Pages You Need Cut at the Same Time:

If you consistently need 20 pages cut, don’t make 20 separate, individual cuts. By making a single cut, you save time and labor. But you also make sure that each piece is cut uniformly and accurately.

Guillotine trimmers are best suited for larger paper stacks and/or heavier materials. They utilize a carbon steel blade with a handle to give the operator plenty of leverage with which to cut. Features include an automatic paper clamp, blade lock, safety guard, and printed grid guides on a rugged steel base. Guillotine trimmer blades are self-sharpening which allows for long-term use without the need for replacement.

2. Consider the Size of the Original Piece That You Need Trimmed:

If you need a cutter with the largest cutting surface, a Rotary trimmer may be just what you need. Rotary cutters use a self-sharpening circular blade, housed in a rugged, ergonomic cutting head which allows for safe cutting in both directions. Rotary trimmers can accommodate larger sheet sizes, up to 51” long, and feature printed grid guides. Larger models include a rugged steel stand and fabric catch tray for trimmed scraps.

Paper Cutter
RT26 Rotary Trimmer

3. Consider the Base: Metal base vs. Wood base vs. Plastic base

Is portability a key consideration? Whether you need to cut sheets on the go, or just need everyday flexibility, a portable paper trimmer can be very useful. Several United Trimmers in both Guillotine and Rotary styles are small and lightweight enough to transport easily, and often feature integrated carrying handles.

Plastic bases are less reliable at ensuring square cuts because they are flexible, but they are lightweight. Wood bases are inexpensive and recognizable. However, they are also tough to keep clean, able to warp, and heavy. Steel bases are the perfect harmony of sturdy and portable. Steel bases remain square, and can self-sharpen blades; providing longevity.

4. Consider the Duty of the Trimmer:

If you plan on getting your full monies worth and using a trimmer to its full capabilities, remember, the trimmer and blade are like any other product with sharp items. Blades can dull (even in self-sharpening circumstances), pieces can break (especially in plastic construction), and items can quickly lose their new luster. In most trimmer models, the manufacturer will recommend that you throw away your ‘cheap’ trimmer and purchase a new one. At United, we sell all consumable and replacement parts directly to the customer to ensure there is no need to replace a cutter just because you have actually used it.

5. Consider the Environment You Will Be Using the Trimmer in:

Are you using the trimmer on a desk top? Maybe you are out of room or maybe the trimmer size is too large for a table. Make sure that you notice the “S” on the United Trimmer model numbers, notating that the trimmer comes with its own base/stand