MyBinding Knowledge Base
How do I use my Rotary Trimmer?
There are many cutting tools available such as GBC Zippy knives and electric paper cutters. Different types of cutters are good for different types of jobs, however a rotary trimmer can be one of the most helpful tools to have around. A rotary trimmer can usually cut more than one sheet at a time and can provide a perfectly straight cut. A straight cut is necessary for professional applications and can be helpful for arts and crafts projects. Rotary trimmers are pretty easy to use, so it doesn’t take much effort to get that straight cut your project needs. Just follow the following steps to use your rotary trimmer:
- Make sure your rotary trimmer is placed on a flat and even surface. Make sure the trimmer’s base is large enough to accommodate your paper.
- Place your paper on the base of the trimmer. Ensure that the side of the paper you want to cut is facing out. If you need to measure your materials before cutting them, take advantage of your machine’s grid and/or cutting guides. Check to see how many sheets your device can cut at once. You should cut a little less than the recommended amount so you can get that crisp cut your project requires.
- If your device has a paper clamp, use it to secure the paper in place. Once you’re done, you need to take the trimmer’s blade carriage in your hand and begin sliding it along the metal bar on which it sits. As you move the blade carriage, your document will be trimmed. When you’re done, move the carriage to its original place and remove your paper. It should be perfectly cut. Get rid of the scraps (unless you have a need for them) and then continue cutting, if necessary.
- Your rotary trimmer may have special features such as an adjustable backstop (for repeated cuts) or even interchangeable blades that can perforate and/or score your paper. How you use these features depends on the make and model of your device. If your trimmer has features such as these, make sure you consult your instruction manual for further direc tions.
- Eventually your rotary trimmer’s blade will become dull. You will notice this occur when it won’t cut as cleanly as it had in the past and cutting will become more difficult. When this happens, it’s time to change the blade so you can get more use out of your device.
- Always make sure you exercise caution when using your rotary trimmer. While a lot of cutters use blades that are encased in plastic, you can never be too careful. Take your time with your work and give it your full attention so you can complete the job safely.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)