Tips & Techniques » Getting Started with a Guillotine Trimmer How to use a Guillotine Trimmer Guillotine paper trimmers are ideal for larger stacks of paper up to 40 sheets. Featuring a large self-sharpening stainless steel guillotine blade they’re portable, durable, and deliver a crisp, professional cut. Guillotine Trimmers are perfect for offices, schools, churches, and small print shops. To start, set the trimmer on a sturdy surface and unlock the blade latch. Ensure the cutter can handle the number of sheets in your stack. (Check specs for specific cutter model) Next, raise the blade to lift the paper clamp and place your paper onto the base of the cutter. Use the measurements on the base to adjust for the cut. Larger stacks will be slightly more difficult to trim. Now, adjust the side guide to secure paper in place. As the blade is lowered, the paper clamp will automatically engage to keep stack in place. Be sure that the paper is firmly in place and begin cutting. Keep hands a safe distance from the blade and slowly lower the blade to cut. Once the paper has been cut, raise the blade to release the paper clamp, remove the trimmed sheets and dispose of the scraps. Finally, when you’re all done cutting, lower the blade and secure the blade latch so the blade will not move as it is being transported or while it is not in use. The full line of United Guillotine Trimmers can be found here. To see the Guillotine Trimmers in action, check us out on YouTube!