How to Choose a Paper Cutter for Your School or Office

Jan 30 09:59 2012 Jeff McRitchie Print This Article

Do you need a new paper cutter for your school or office? If so, you need to know how to choose the right trimmer for your needs. Here is what  to do:

Do you need a new paper cutter for your school or office? If so,Guest Posting you need to know how to choose the right trimmer for your needs. Here is what you need to do:

  • Check out the cutting capacity. The trimmer's cutting capacity is definitely something you need to take a look at. The cutting capacity will depend on the type of cutter. For example, a rotary trimmer can usually only trim a few sheets at a time while a stack cutter can process hundreds of sheets instantly. You should choose a cutter that can process a good amount of sheets at once.

  • Do you need to trim cardstock? If you're planning on using cardstock or other thicker types of paper, you will want to make sure that your cutter can handle it. A guillotine cutter is a terrific choice if you want to be able to work with different stocks.

  • Look at how the machine is constructed. Since you're probably going to be using your new cutter a lot, you need to choose one that is durably constructed. If a trimmer features wooden and metal parts, you can count on it being sturdy enough for frequent use. While cutters with a lot of plastic parts can be less expensive, they're simply not as durable. You might end up having to replace it sooner than you would like.

  • Make sure the cutter is safe to use. Whether you choose a rotary trimmer, guillotine cutter, or stack cutter, there's no doubt about it: these devices can be dangerous, especially if they're used inappropriately. Thus, you'll need to make sure the cutter has good safety features. Some features to look for include a finger guard and blade latch (for guillotine cutters). Many rotary trimmers have blades that are encased in housing to keep your fingers safe. And a lot of stack cutters require two-handed operation. Many of the more sophisticated trimmers have optical eyes that can detect when your hands are too close to the blade. If this happens, the cutter won't work. Also, no matter what safety features your cutter has, you need to exercise caution when using it. Children should also be closely supervised if you want your students to use the cutter. Whatever you do, be careful!

  • Consider brand names. A lot of companies produce paper cutters and you may even recognize some of the names such as GBC, Swingline, and Fellowes. Lesser known names include Dahle, Premier, and Foster Keencut. All of these companies make terrific cutters that are worth checking out and most of the trimmers have great warranties.

  • Stick to your budget. Finally, there are good paper cutters available at every price point. Stick to your budget so you can get the cutter you need without breaking the bank.

Choosing the right paper cutter doesn't need to be difficult. Granted there are a number of things you need to consider and you need to inspect your potential device to make sure it's right for you, but it's easy. Start looking for your paper shredder today.

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Jeff McRitchie
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Jeff McRitchie is the Vice-President of Marketing for He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his reviews have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you're looking for information about paper handling equipment, his articles are a great place to start.

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