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What should I know about rotary trimmers?

Jeff McRitchie posted this on Jul 8, 2015

One of the most helpful types of cutting tools is the rotary trimmer. These devices make it quick and easy to trim documents for either personal or professional use. If you don’t have one, you should consider getting one to make preparing your materials much easier. That said, here are some questions you should ask yourself when choosing your rotary trimmer.

  1. How much do you want to cut at once? A trimmer’s cutting capacity is a very important factor in selecting such a device. You should choose a cutter that will be able to handle as many sheets as possible so you can process your materials quickly. You’ll find trimmers that can only handle a few sheets at a time while there are others than can deal as many as 30 sheets. If you need to work with larger quantities of paper, you should consider getting a guillotine cutter instead.
  2. How large is your paper? Rotary trimmers are available in a lot of different sizes. When choosing yours, you’ll want to check out the device’s cutting length because this will indicate what size(s) of paper you can trim with it. The majority of these devices will be able to handle letter-sized paper but not all of them can handle larger lengths such as 12”, 14”, and 17”. Be sure to measure your materials beforehand so you can choose a device that’s the right size for your needs.
  3. Do you want to score or perforate? In recent years, there have been products arrive on the market that can do wavy cuts as well as score and perforate your materials. These trimmers can be really helpful if you’re creating greeting cards, decorations, scrapbook materials, and so on. They’re great for crafters and creative professionals. However, their cutting capacities can be on the low side, so that may be a problem if you want to work with large amounts of paper.
  4. Do you want a well-constructed device? You can get a rotary trimmer for not a lot of money, however, the cheaper devices will become unusable after a while, especially if they’re used on a frequent basis. You’ll then need to replace the item. However, if you spend a bit more from the get-go, you’re much more likely to get a well-constructed trimmer that can withstand more use. Also, a trimmer that’s well-made will give you a better cut so your documents will look professional.
  5. Are you prepared to spend money on wearable parts? If you use your cutter on a regular basis, you’re probably going to have to replace the blades and/or other parts. However, if you purchased a cheaper cutter, you may find that it’s more cost-effective to replace the entire unit rather than just buying a replacement blade.
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