Everything You Need for Professional Paper Cutting for Your Print Shop or School

Everything You Need for Professional Paper Cutting for Your Print Shop or School

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Whether you're cutting a stack of paper, large paper, or even rounding the corner of a few sheets, having the correct tools at your print shop or school will make a huge difference in the quality of your work. 

In this guide, we'll help you find the best tool for your paper so you can have a pristine & professional finish every time.

 

How to Professionally Cut a Stack of Paper

No matter the occasion, whether you're bookbinding hundreds of copies, printing out thousands of flyers, or simply cutting down a ream of A4, you need a cutter that can easily handle a stack of paper. 

Although a standard guillotine can handle a few pages, you need one that can cut hundreds in one go, all while avoiding issues like imprecise accuracy and uneven cuts.

Triumph 4305 Paper Cutter

Price: From $2,289.00

Key Features: 

  • Type: Manual
  • Cut Width: 16-7/8 inches
  • Cut Height:  1-1/2 inches
  • Narrow Cut: 1-5⁄16 inches
  • Cutting Length Behind Blade: 15-5⁄16 inches
  • Table Length in Front of Blade: 9 inches

The Triumph 4305 Paper Cutter is a small but mighty machine, offering several practical features, including a lockable safety guard. Changing the blade and cutting stick is a breeze, and they are accessible from the front and outside. The steel cutting blade guarantees effortless and precise cuts, and the side guide comes equipped with a measuring scale for accurate results. With its all-metal construction, this cutter is built to last a long time. This is a great tool for print shops.

MBM Triumph 5255

Price: $14,359.00

Key Features:

  • Type: Auto-Programmable
  • Cutting Width: 20-3⁄8 inches
  • Cutting Height: 3 inches
  • Working Height: 3 inches
  • Narrow Cut: 1 inch
  • Table Depth: 20-3⁄8 inches

The MBM Triumph 5255 is a high-quality & reliable cutting tool suitable for various complex tasks. With the ability to store up to 99 programs with up to 99 steps each, you'll have plenty of flexibility. The Solingen steel knife, spindle-guided back gauge, and lighted cutting line ensure precise cuts every time. 

You'll also benefit from complete safety thanks to the plastic casing, which must be shut before cutting. You can also adjust the blade guides and carrier to fine-tune your cuts, and with the blade changing device, replacing blades has never been safer.

How to Cut Professional Business Cards

No matter who they are for, whether it's run-of-the-mill on-brand business cards for your sales team, or you want to create something to stand out among the crowd at an event, business card cutters and slitters are useful for making quality business cards.

Business cards are designed with one purpose in mind - to leave a lasting impression on whoever's receiving them. 

So since it's remembered for the good and not the bad, it needs to be cut professionally - without any card creases or wonky cuts that remove essential information close to the border. 

Duplo CC 330 

Price: From $10,290.00

Key Features:

  • Paper Weight: 120-350 gsm
  • Feeding Tray Capacity: Up to 2 inches or 120 sheets (300 gsm)
  • Speed: 240 cards per minute
  • Dimensions: 20" x 22" x 40"

The Duplo CC-330 Business Card Cutter offers impressive card cutting with guaranteed precision every time. The standard slitter makes it ideal for full-bleed business card applications, and with up to 240 cards cut per minute, you can get through thousands every hour. Once cut, they fall into a catch tray for extra convenience. 

 

 Martin Yale BCS212 Business Card Slitter

Price: From $1,547.89

Key Features:

  • Paper Weight: 177-270gsm
  • Feeding Tray Capacity: Up to 5/8 inches or 50 sheets
  • Speed: 375 cards per minute
  • Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 15" x 6"
  • Business Cards per Sheet: 12

This 12up business card slitter features semi-self-sharpening blades that allow years of operation without requiring maintenance. With adjustable paper guides, you can customize specific size requirements depending on your needs. Plus, with optional creasing, perforating wheels, and continuous paper feeding, you can create up to 375 cards per minute.

How to Cut Large Paper & Blueprints

Cutting large paper can be a real challenge as you're either faced with folding the paper or cutting it free-hand, resulting in an uneven & unprofessional finish. 

If you're an architect or engineer with carefully mapped out plans, you need a paper cutter that can deliver perfect cuts with complete accuracy every time. With a board trimmer, you can achieve exactly that while avoiding unwanted fold creases and tears in the process.  

 MBM Triumph 1171 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $949.00

Key Features:

  • Cutting Length: 28 inches
  • Sheet Capacity: Up to 40 sheets
  • Table Size: 38” x 21-1⁄4”
  • Clamp: Manual
  • Blade Type: Guillotine

The MBM Triumph 1171 is a top-of-the-line tabletop paper trimmer with the greatest cutting capacity. Thanks to its 28-inch cutting length and Soligen steel knife, it is ideal for cutting very large sheets of paper. Cutting can be done with paramount safety due to the trimmer’s transparent standard safety guards and non-skid feet. For accurate precision, the manual clamp and paper supports will keep the material in place even on light and thin paper. At the same time, the form indications will allow for various angles and sizes. 

Martin Yale Premier W36 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $572.28

Key Features:

  • Cutting Length: 36-1⁄2 inches
  • Sheet Capacity: Up to 20 sheets
  • Dimensions: 47" x 25-1/4"  x 5"
  •  Type: Manual
  • Blade Material: Self-Sharpening Stainless Steel

The Martin Yale W36 Paper Trimmer is an excellent, durable, heavy-duty cutting tool with a long cutting length of up to 36.5 inches. This trimmer is created for use in schools. Designed for comfortable and efficient cutting every time, it has well-rounded flexibility allowing for the pristine cutting of paper, cardboard, matte board, film, and more. The Martin Yale heavy-duty wood series shares the same features throughout the line, only differing in cutting length; if you're short on space, try the W18 or W24 versions instead. 

What Cutter Do I Need for my Office?

If you're in an office, you'll likely need to cut paper, whether if it’s related to sending letters to clients, or printing off ad-hoc promotional materials for your company noticeboards. 

Using scissors can often lead to slanted cutting, which creates a negative impression for your employees and any client that visits you. 

To avoid this, you need an accurate & efficient guillotine that only takes up a little space. Find out how to use a guillotine paper cutter.

Martin Yale Premier 715 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $199.23

Key Features:

  • Sheet Capacity: 30 sheets
  • Cut Width: 15 inches
  • Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 15" x 6"
  • Type: Manual

The Martin Yale Premier 715 Paper Trimmer is an ideal small-scale paper cutter suitable for paper, cardboard, and more. With precision blades capable of cutting up to 30 sheets of 20lb bond paper, every task around the office will be a breeze.

Designed with safety in mind, the trimmer has an automatic blade latch, finger guard, and torsion spring to prevent accidental falls. It's also made as user-friendly as possible, with a hand-operated clamp to ensure the material is securely held for accurate cuts. 

 Martin Yale Premier P212x Paper Trimmer

Price: From $91.16

Key Features:

  • Sheet Capacity: 10 sheets
  • Cut Width: 12 inches
  • Dimensions: 12-3/4" x 19-1/2" x 2-1/4"
  • Type: Manual

The Martin Yale Premier P212x Paper Trimmer is reliable for precise paper cutting. With a sturdy base and a self-sharpening steel blade, it can simultaneously cut up to 10 sheets of 20lb bond paper. The 1/2" grid and dual rulers ensure accurate cuts, and safety is guaranteed thanks to the automatic blade latch and finger guard. Plus, it's designed for comfort with a comfortable grip handle and non-skid feet to keep it in place during use.

How Can I Achieve a Rounded Edge on my Paper?

If you want a smooth round edge, a traditional cutter will not cut it. Instead, you need a corner-rounding machine that effortlessly cuts through multiple sheets simultaneously with a curving radius. 

Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounding Machine

Price: From $259.00

Key Features: 

  • Cut Height: 2/5 inch
  • Included Die Size: 1/4 inch
  • Type: Manual
  • Waste Basket: Included

The Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounding Machine is highly durable, and is designed to round the corners of materials like PVC, leather, and paper. It easily cuts through multiple sheets and comes with interchangeable dies for various jobs, including for cutting covers, IDs, and invitations. Plus, it's compact and lightweight for easy storage and transport.

Akiles Diamond 7 Corner Rounding Machine

Price: From $11,209.00

Key Features:

  • Cut Height: 2-3/4 inches
  • Included Die Size: 1/4 inch
  • Type: Manual & Automatic
  • Waste Basket: Included

The Akiles Diamond 7 Corner Rounder is a high-capacity machine that can precisely cut up to 700 sheets of paper. Its metal guides make sure that the paper remains perfectly aligned during cutting, while its safety cover protects users from harm. The machine can be operated manually using a foot pedal or switch, and comes with a detachable pressing bar, patented upper die design, and micro-adjustable lower die for effortless cutting.

What Tools Might I Need Alongside my Cutter? 

Alongside your cutter, there are other tools you might need to make precise and accurate cuts every time. 

Jogging Blocks

This a simple, yet must-have tool to help you align paper stock to your cutter's back gauge. They feature a handle running the length of the jogging surface for stability and control, and are often made from solid hardwood to last for years to come. 

Recommended by every big brand, a jogging block will transform how you align stacks of paper, and guarantee uniform measurements throughout.

Cutting Knife

Similar to kitchen knives, the blade on a paper cutter will become dull over time, which can result in inconsistent cuts. And while it may seem obvious to sharpen it yourself, it can often be a tricky and dangerous process. Instead, simply replacing the cutting knife will save you time, and make your blade as sharp as possible. 

Lubrication Oil

After frequent use, the cutter's blade will begin to wear down, and become blunter. A good way to avoid this is by applying an oil. Like shredders, lubricating the metal blades helps remove any debris and friction caused by repeated use.

Professional Paper Cutters for Your Business 

At Whitaker Brothers, we're leading suppliers of office machines, including paper cutters & trimmers, and we have a large collection of data destruction and shredding equipment. Contact us today if you have any questions about our products, or need advice with your paper cutting. 

Whether you're cutting a stack of paper, large paper, or even rounding the corner of a few sheets, having the correct tools at your print shop or school will make a huge difference in the quality of your work. 

In this guide, we'll help you find the best tool for your paper so you can have a pristine & professional finish every time.

 

How to Professionally Cut a Stack of Paper

No matter the occasion, whether you're bookbinding hundreds of copies, printing out thousands of flyers, or simply cutting down a ream of A4, you need a cutter that can easily handle a stack of paper. 

Although a standard guillotine can handle a few pages, you need one that can cut hundreds in one go, all while avoiding issues like imprecise accuracy and uneven cuts.

Triumph 4305 Paper Cutter

Price: From $2,289.00

Key Features: 

  • Type: Manual
  • Cut Width: 16-7/8 inches
  • Cut Height:  1-1/2 inches
  • Narrow Cut: 1-5⁄16 inches
  • Cutting Length Behind Blade: 15-5⁄16 inches
  • Table Length in Front of Blade: 9 inches

The Triumph 4305 Paper Cutter is a small but mighty machine, offering several practical features, including a lockable safety guard. Changing the blade and cutting stick is a breeze, and they are accessible from the front and outside. The steel cutting blade guarantees effortless and precise cuts, and the side guide comes equipped with a measuring scale for accurate results. With its all-metal construction, this cutter is built to last a long time. This is a great tool for print shops.

MBM Triumph 5255

Price: $14,359.00

Key Features:

  • Type: Auto-Programmable
  • Cutting Width: 20-3⁄8 inches
  • Cutting Height: 3 inches
  • Working Height: 3 inches
  • Narrow Cut: 1 inch
  • Table Depth: 20-3⁄8 inches

The MBM Triumph 5255 is a high-quality & reliable cutting tool suitable for various complex tasks. With the ability to store up to 99 programs with up to 99 steps each, you'll have plenty of flexibility. The Solingen steel knife, spindle-guided back gauge, and lighted cutting line ensure precise cuts every time. 

You'll also benefit from complete safety thanks to the plastic casing, which must be shut before cutting. You can also adjust the blade guides and carrier to fine-tune your cuts, and with the blade changing device, replacing blades has never been safer.

How to Cut Professional Business Cards

No matter who they are for, whether it's run-of-the-mill on-brand business cards for your sales team, or you want to create something to stand out among the crowd at an event, business card cutters and slitters are useful for making quality business cards.

Business cards are designed with one purpose in mind - to leave a lasting impression on whoever's receiving them. 

So since it's remembered for the good and not the bad, it needs to be cut professionally - without any card creases or wonky cuts that remove essential information close to the border. 

Duplo CC 330 

Price: From $10,290.00

Key Features:

  • Paper Weight: 120-350 gsm
  • Feeding Tray Capacity: Up to 2 inches or 120 sheets (300 gsm)
  • Speed: 240 cards per minute
  • Dimensions: 20" x 22" x 40"

The Duplo CC-330 Business Card Cutter offers impressive card cutting with guaranteed precision every time. The standard slitter makes it ideal for full-bleed business card applications, and with up to 240 cards cut per minute, you can get through thousands every hour. Once cut, they fall into a catch tray for extra convenience. 

 

 Martin Yale BCS212 Business Card Slitter

Price: From $1,547.89

Key Features:

  • Paper Weight: 177-270gsm
  • Feeding Tray Capacity: Up to 5/8 inches or 50 sheets
  • Speed: 375 cards per minute
  • Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 15" x 6"
  • Business Cards per Sheet: 12

This 12up business card slitter features semi-self-sharpening blades that allow years of operation without requiring maintenance. With adjustable paper guides, you can customize specific size requirements depending on your needs. Plus, with optional creasing, perforating wheels, and continuous paper feeding, you can create up to 375 cards per minute.

How to Cut Large Paper & Blueprints

Cutting large paper can be a real challenge as you're either faced with folding the paper or cutting it free-hand, resulting in an uneven & unprofessional finish. 

If you're an architect or engineer with carefully mapped out plans, you need a paper cutter that can deliver perfect cuts with complete accuracy every time. With a board trimmer, you can achieve exactly that while avoiding unwanted fold creases and tears in the process.  

 MBM Triumph 1171 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $949.00

Key Features:

  • Cutting Length: 28 inches
  • Sheet Capacity: Up to 40 sheets
  • Table Size: 38” x 21-1⁄4”
  • Clamp: Manual
  • Blade Type: Guillotine

The MBM Triumph 1171 is a top-of-the-line tabletop paper trimmer with the greatest cutting capacity. Thanks to its 28-inch cutting length and Soligen steel knife, it is ideal for cutting very large sheets of paper. Cutting can be done with paramount safety due to the trimmer’s transparent standard safety guards and non-skid feet. For accurate precision, the manual clamp and paper supports will keep the material in place even on light and thin paper. At the same time, the form indications will allow for various angles and sizes. 

Martin Yale Premier W36 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $572.28

Key Features:

  • Cutting Length: 36-1⁄2 inches
  • Sheet Capacity: Up to 20 sheets
  • Dimensions: 47" x 25-1/4"  x 5"
  •  Type: Manual
  • Blade Material: Self-Sharpening Stainless Steel

The Martin Yale W36 Paper Trimmer is an excellent, durable, heavy-duty cutting tool with a long cutting length of up to 36.5 inches. This trimmer is created for use in schools. Designed for comfortable and efficient cutting every time, it has well-rounded flexibility allowing for the pristine cutting of paper, cardboard, matte board, film, and more. The Martin Yale heavy-duty wood series shares the same features throughout the line, only differing in cutting length; if you're short on space, try the W18 or W24 versions instead. 

What Cutter Do I Need for my Office?

If you're in an office, you'll likely need to cut paper, whether if it’s related to sending letters to clients, or printing off ad-hoc promotional materials for your company noticeboards. 

Using scissors can often lead to slanted cutting, which creates a negative impression for your employees and any client that visits you. 

To avoid this, you need an accurate & efficient guillotine that only takes up a little space. Find out how to use a guillotine paper cutter.

Martin Yale Premier 715 Paper Trimmer

Price: From $199.23

Key Features:

  • Sheet Capacity: 30 sheets
  • Cut Width: 15 inches
  • Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 15" x 6"
  • Type: Manual

The Martin Yale Premier 715 Paper Trimmer is an ideal small-scale paper cutter suitable for paper, cardboard, and more. With precision blades capable of cutting up to 30 sheets of 20lb bond paper, every task around the office will be a breeze.

Designed with safety in mind, the trimmer has an automatic blade latch, finger guard, and torsion spring to prevent accidental falls. It's also made as user-friendly as possible, with a hand-operated clamp to ensure the material is securely held for accurate cuts. 

 Martin Yale Premier P212x Paper Trimmer

Price: From $91.16

Key Features:

  • Sheet Capacity: 10 sheets
  • Cut Width: 12 inches
  • Dimensions: 12-3/4" x 19-1/2" x 2-1/4"
  • Type: Manual

The Martin Yale Premier P212x Paper Trimmer is reliable for precise paper cutting. With a sturdy base and a self-sharpening steel blade, it can simultaneously cut up to 10 sheets of 20lb bond paper. The 1/2" grid and dual rulers ensure accurate cuts, and safety is guaranteed thanks to the automatic blade latch and finger guard. Plus, it's designed for comfort with a comfortable grip handle and non-skid feet to keep it in place during use.

How Can I Achieve a Rounded Edge on my Paper?

If you want a smooth round edge, a traditional cutter will not cut it. Instead, you need a corner-rounding machine that effortlessly cuts through multiple sheets simultaneously with a curving radius. 

Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounding Machine

Price: From $259.00

Key Features: 

  • Cut Height: 2/5 inch
  • Included Die Size: 1/4 inch
  • Type: Manual
  • Waste Basket: Included

The Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounding Machine is highly durable, and is designed to round the corners of materials like PVC, leather, and paper. It easily cuts through multiple sheets and comes with interchangeable dies for various jobs, including for cutting covers, IDs, and invitations. Plus, it's compact and lightweight for easy storage and transport.

Akiles Diamond 7 Corner Rounding Machine

Price: From $11,209.00

Key Features:

  • Cut Height: 2-3/4 inches
  • Included Die Size: 1/4 inch
  • Type: Manual & Automatic
  • Waste Basket: Included

The Akiles Diamond 7 Corner Rounder is a high-capacity machine that can precisely cut up to 700 sheets of paper. Its metal guides make sure that the paper remains perfectly aligned during cutting, while its safety cover protects users from harm. The machine can be operated manually using a foot pedal or switch, and comes with a detachable pressing bar, patented upper die design, and micro-adjustable lower die for effortless cutting.

What Tools Might I Need Alongside my Cutter? 

Alongside your cutter, there are other tools you might need to make precise and accurate cuts every time. 

Jogging Blocks

This a simple, yet must-have tool to help you align paper stock to your cutter's back gauge. They feature a handle running the length of the jogging surface for stability and control, and are often made from solid hardwood to last for years to come. 

Recommended by every big brand, a jogging block will transform how you align stacks of paper, and guarantee uniform measurements throughout.

Cutting Knife

Similar to kitchen knives, the blade on a paper cutter will become dull over time, which can result in inconsistent cuts. And while it may seem obvious to sharpen it yourself, it can often be a tricky and dangerous process. Instead, simply replacing the cutting knife will save you time, and make your blade as sharp as possible. 

Lubrication Oil

After frequent use, the cutter's blade will begin to wear down, and become blunter. A good way to avoid this is by applying an oil. Like shredders, lubricating the metal blades helps remove any debris and friction caused by repeated use.

Professional Paper Cutters for Your Business 

At Whitaker Brothers, we're leading suppliers of office machines, including paper cutters & trimmers, and we have a large collection of data destruction and shredding equipment. Contact us today if you have any questions about our products, or need advice with your paper cutting. 

 

 

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