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Choosing The Right Paper Trimmer

A lot of trimmers are available these days, with various capacities, capabilities, and mechanisms. We’re here to help you choose the one that best suits your needs. Here are some factors to consider:

1. The Number of Pages to be 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. You also ensure 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. Paper Size to be Trimmed:

If you need a cutter with the largest cutting surface, a Rotary Trimmer may be just the thing. Rotary Trimmers use a self-sharpening circular blade, housed in a rugged, ergonomic cutting head which allows for safe cutting in two 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. The Trimmer Base: Metal vs. Wood vs. Plastic

Is portability a key consideration? Whether you need to cut sheets on the go, or simply 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 some feature integrated carrying handles.

Plastic bases are lightweight, but less reliable at ensuring square cuts because they’re flexible. Wood bases are inexpensive and common, however, they’re also heavy, tough to keep clean, and warp easily. Steel bases are the perfect combination of sturdy and portable. Steel bases remain square, and can self-sharpen blades, which also provides longevity.

4. Light or Heavy Duty:

If you plan to get your full money’s worth and use a trimmer to its full capabilities, remember the trimmer and blade are like any other product with sharp elements. Blades can dull (even in self-sharpening circumstances), pieces can break (especially in plastic construction), and items can quickly lose their new luster. With 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. Work Space:

Are you using the trimmer on a desk top? Or is the trimmer you need too large for a table? Be sure to notice the “S” on the United Trimmer model numbers, indicating that the trimmer comes with its own base/stand