Guillotines and Paper Trimmers
Guillotines and Paper Trimmers are both widely used in offices when there is a requirement to cut paper down in size. Most people will be familiar with using these devices, however many will be using the wrong name as Guillotine is widely used for both types of device. To avoid confusion why not take a look at our brief category guide below.
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Although they both do the same job, namely cut paper, there are big differences between a guillotine and a trimmer and which one is most suitable depends on the volume and size of paper you need to cut and the price you want to pay.
Guillotines cut paper with a large blade in a vertical cutting motion and in terms of heavy duty use, they score better than trimmers. Manual Guillotines can cut between 8 and 35 pieces of 80gsm paper in one cut and whilst most will cut A4 paper some are designed to cut up to A3 in size.
Some manual guillotines have self sharpening blades and all should have blade guards to prevent you from cutting something other than paper.
At the top end, some manual guillotines have clamps to secure paper to the cutting board. Many will also have pre-printed measurements on the cutting board to ensure precise and consistent cutting.
Paper trimmers differ from guillotines in that they use a rotary blade mounted on a horizontal bar to cut through the paper. Whilst paper trimmers are not quite as ‘industrial’ as guillotines, some can still cut up to 35 sheets of 80gsm paper in one cut and more importantly, whilst guillotines cut up to A3, paper trimmers can cut paper up to A1 in size.
Like guillotines, most come with pre-printed measurements in both metric and imperial on the cutting board to ensure precise and consistent cutting. Paper trimmers are ideal if space is limited as they tend to more compact and certainly weigh less than guillotines.
We have a comprehensive range of Guillotines and Paper Trimmers from Avery, Dahle, HSM and Swordfish.