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Author Topic: Paper cutters - Just purchased a rotatrim professional 24"  (Read 14720 times)
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« on: July 30, 2009, 07:47:53 AM »

Does anyone else have one?  is the plastic guide bar supposed to be flush with the metal edge?  I notice it sits back a bit.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 08:03:13 AM »

Kieran

The guide sits one or two millimeters  back, I presume to allow you to see the cutting edge better.
You won't find a better trimmer anywhere - we replaced ours last year after 20 years of heavy professional use and they were still working, just looking a bit tatty and squeaking a bit (like me).

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 11:32:16 PM »

Thanks. I took of the extra metal bar for fear that would scratch up the prints. ~$310 but I used the ebay and msn cashback so I should get at least 24.80 back + 1% from credit card. So if you have no white space between prints, what is the best way to align the cut?  Perhaps there is a way I can align my prints with just a smidge of a white line to cut on?  so a sheet of 8x10's 3 across (24" printer) would just have a white border on them?
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 07:56:56 AM »

Kieran

After a few goes you will be able to judge exactly where the cut is - the metal cutting edge is a good guide. You can also line up the back edge of the print with the 8" mark on the side ruler. The metal bit is useful for trimming large numbers of individual prints.

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009, 05:31:49 PM »

My Dahle trimmer does the same thing.  Plastic edge is back from the metal.  Probably to keep reall fine paper from building up.

Anyway, it takes a while to figure where the cut is.  A light table under it would be convenient.  I use a strip of white paper or mat board under the edge to see it better.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2009, 01:43:11 AM »

I also have a Dahle trimmer.  I had the opportunity to look at some Rotatrim units while I was doing my research a few years ago, and went with a Dahle.  I liked the construction of the cutter much better.  The plastic guide bar is set back from the cutting edge on the Dahles also, just like Seth says.  Both the Rotatrim and Dahle cutters will trim hair width pieces off of paper, so I just make my first cut where I know there will still be a little strip of blank paper before the print.  Then I just make little tiny cuts till I have it right.  Once you make the first cut, the rest go easy.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 08:16:06 PM »

I suppose, however if I print 24" wide 6 4x6 there is no white space in between.

Is there an option to put a white grid over the photos?

Is there a way to cut thicker material? If so How do I adjust?

Thank you

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2009, 02:54:20 AM »

Is there a way to cut thicker material? If so How do I adjust?

Thicker than what?  The Dahle cuts through poster board, thin backer board and 15 mil inkjet paper easily.  The better Rotatrims will also.

Anything thicker I use my mat cutter with a straight-cut blade.
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