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Shenno 03-08-2012 05:08 PM

Genesis Paper Trimmer is it worth the money?
 
If you own the Genesis Paper Trimmer to you feel it was worth the money you spent on it? What do you like most? Have you had any issues with it or are there things you don't like about it?

Cinnistew 03-08-2012 05:57 PM

I love my Genesis with edge light. I have never had a problem with it. It makes nice clean cuts and I am very happy with it. IMO it was well worth the money.

uncbballfan 03-08-2012 09:52 PM

Could I do without it? Absolutely. Would I want to? Absolutely NOT!

I love everything about it, and have had no issues with it. I waited a long time to get one; when I learned that Bonnie's Best Tools had bought the rights to the trimmer, and had stepped up production to fulfill all the back orders, I immediately contacted her because I had some questions. I heard back from her within a few MINUTES! I placed my order a few minutes after that. I got the 18" with the edgelight and the guidebar.

I rec'd it very quickly, and it was packaged SO well to prevent any damage during transit.

First and foremost, I love the precision cuts I get. Second, I love the precision cuts I get - LOL. You can cut slivers of paper (which I love because they curl and I can add tendrils to my flowers, pumpkins, grapes, etc.)

I love the guidebar which allows me to make repetitive cuts. It hooks onto the top of the trimmer and tightens at the bottom, allowing you to place it anywhere on the bed.

I love the edgelight which I use to trim pre-stamped images and patterned paper to get my cuts exactly where I want (and couldn't do without the light in my photography).

I love the size of the cutting bed because it allows me to cut diagonally with no problems. The size might be a drawback for some people because the trimmer does have a large footprint; it's not a problem for me because I have a dedicated space for it.

Finally, Bonnie's Best Tools has great customer service; I don't think you would disappointed at all.

Bahb 03-08-2012 09:55 PM

The edgelight is my favorite part of the Genesis.

The Genesis a big bite out of the wallet, but you won't regret it.

Bahb

meloleary 03-09-2012 02:40 PM

It was worth every penny, and the previous posters were right -- Bonnie is a pleasure to deal with.

Juble 03-09-2012 03:23 PM

I love my Genesis too! I wavered on the edgelight but decided to get it anyway. Have to say I'm happy I did. Very handy to have. Also, I had no issues ordering or receiving
it. Money well spent in my opinion.

gale 03-09-2012 07:34 PM

Yes, it's worth it. I've had mine almost 10 yrs.

iluvpaper2 03-10-2012 07:13 AM

Yes! I've had mine for almost 20 years and I've only changed the blade once!

dorism6220 03-10-2012 02:32 PM

I've had mine for a number of years and love it. I had a question recently and Bonnie was quick to respond and help take care of my problem (one of my own making). Really good customer service.

Joan B 03-10-2012 04:18 PM

worth every cent!

kittycatsx4 03-10-2012 04:28 PM

I ended up having wait for mine close to 2 years as I was lucky enough to get in during the end of the previous company and Bonnie's Best Tools taking over. I almost cancelled my order, but I kept hanging in there as I'm an obsessive compulsive perfectionist when it comes to straight cuts. :) Bonnie's Best Tools was very nice to me during this transition time and encouraged me to be patient. I am so glad that I did. I love it! Perfectly straight cuts every time. I never could find anything else that cut straight like that for me, before. Yes, it is expensive, but for me it is well worth it! That is the one tool that you would have to pry out of my cold hands before I'd give it up! :) Hope this helps!

uncbballfan 03-10-2012 10:05 PM

Just noticed on FB that you can get the guide bar free with your purchase - good until the end of March.

24-7stamper 03-11-2012 07:19 AM

YES!! It will be the last trimmer you buy. I only wish I had a newer one with the edge light and all the extras. I've had mine for 25+ years , but it still cuts like a charm. LOVE it!!

Shenno 03-16-2012 10:50 AM

Thanks everyone, I ordered one. They shipped it the very next day! Can't wait for it to arrive.

Juble 03-16-2012 11:58 AM

Good for you! I really think you will love it:)

jkm8113 03-16-2012 02:11 PM

Can you cut chipboard with a Genesis? I am looking for a new trimmer that I can use on chipboard. I am fine with my Fiskars for paper, but am just not that good at cutting my chipboard with scissors, etc., and I enjoy doing mini-books.

Juble 03-16-2012 05:11 PM

I don't know about the chipboard. I have cut the heavier cardboard that comes with packaging and it did fine. Hopefully someone will have an answer for you.

gale 03-16-2012 06:40 PM

The Genesis trimmer isn't made for cutting chipboard. I'm not sure I would use mine for that (I have an old carl cutter that I use for mat board and chipboard).

Bahb 03-17-2012 08:28 AM

The instructions say it's not made for cutting more than a sheet of cardstock, so I don't usually expect a clean cut with thick stuff.

Also, I confess to trying some thick stuff anyway and the blade "stutters" ,which is terribly dangerous because the blade mechanism flips and could easily cut your fingers. I won't try it again.

Your local print or copy shop will usually cut with incredible accuracy, when you want thick stock or multiple layers like your mini-books cut. Usually there's a minimum charge. I paid $5 to have 125 sheets of GinaK luxury cardstock cut to 5X7 card size. They did in seconds what it would have taken me many hours to do myself.

The Cuttlebug isn't good for cutting chipboard either, at least with the brands of dies I've tried. I bought way too many chipboard coasters that I intended to turn into very large snowflake ornaments. It didn't work. Anybody want some coasters?

Bahb

The MFT Lady 03-17-2012 08:48 AM

I LOVE my Genesis Trimmer! I have the 16" with the lightbox for my office, and purchased a 12" trimmer for our store. It is SO worth every penny, and I would've saved a bundle on trimmers had I purchased the best, first.

Additionally, it's made in the USA which always makes me very happy. :-)

Good luck!

darlenemcg 03-17-2012 11:39 AM

Have one and it's the best cutter ever. Like everyone else I went through sooo many cutters trying to find one that truly cuts straight. Now I have one and have not want for another paper trimmer. Unless a portable Genesis comes out LOL

scrappermamo 03-20-2012 10:45 AM

I'm wondering if it is worth the money without the edge light? I wouldn't mind the light, but I only want the 12" and that is not available with the light. Will I be happy with the 12" (no light)? Just looking for a super-great cutter, have tried every other brand. Do not make cards, just scrapbooks, tags, etc.

TTB 03-22-2012 02:28 AM

I waited months for mine and have had it for about 10 years I also was at the end of the other company's sales. Ditto to all above I have never regretted it. If you think about all the money I have spent trying out other cutters it would ........ If you have the money buy it if you don't save for it.

TTB 03-22-2012 02:33 AM

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Originally Posted by scrappermamo (Post 19286219)
I'm wondering if it is worth the money without the edge light? I wouldn't mind the light, but I only want the 12" and that is not available with the light. Will I be happy with the 12" (no light)? Just looking for a super-great cutter, have tried every other brand. Do not make cards, just scrapbooks, tags, etc.

I have the 12" with the light from years ago. I guess that I could live easily without the light if the 12'' is a sufficient size for you. I have never had a need for a larger one and on the rare occasion that I need something big I use my guillitine (sp) cutter and straighten the edge with my Genesis does that make sense?:-?

uncbballfan 03-22-2012 05:25 PM

Shenno, did you get your Genesis yet? Am anxious to hear how much you LOVE it!

Shenno 03-23-2012 02:25 PM

I received the Genesis Cutter on Monday, but haven't had a chance to use it until today. Love it! First, the light. I find that it is very beneficial, more then I expected. Unless the cardstock is dark, you can see through it, it helps you get the right amount for a border. It cuts like a dream, and I'm amazed at how you can cut just a sliver off your paper. Then the guide bar, the first guide bar that makes sense. It goes all the way from top to bottom and you can screw it tight so it doesn't move. And the shipping, they sent it the day after I ordered it.

Juble 03-24-2012 12:31 PM

Shenno-I knew you would love it! I'm glad its going to work out for you. Like someone else posted, I wish I'd have bought it instead of going through the previous 4 cutters, lol!
Worth the $'s!

Lauriloo 04-18-2012 09:39 AM

So glad I found this thread...I am thinking of taking the Genesis plunge....I have never heard a bad thing! One question I did have is blades...how often do you have to replace those?

gale 04-18-2012 11:21 AM

I've had my trimmer almost 10 yrs and haven't had to replace the blade ever.

Lauriloo 04-18-2012 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by gale (Post 19363358)
I've had my trimmer almost 10 yrs and haven't had to replace the blade ever.

okay!! thanks!!

stampinCPA 09-05-2012 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Bahb (Post 19278828)
The instructions say it's not made for cutting more than a sheet of cardstock, so I don't usually expect a clean cut with thick stuff.

So you can't cut more than one sheet at a time? I was thinking this would be a great tool, but I need something that I can do my class prep with.

Qbee 09-05-2012 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by stampinCPA (Post 19665387)
So you can't cut more than one sheet at a time? I was thinking this would be a great tool, but I need something that I can do my class prep with.

I sometimes use the paper guide when I'm cutting multiples. It provides an edge for the paper to rest against so you don't have to look at the numbers every time. Absolutely love mine!!

gale 09-05-2012 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Qbee (Post 19665989)
I sometimes use the paper guide when I'm cutting multiples. It provides an edge for the paper to rest against so you don't have to look at the numbers every time. Absolutely love mine!!

That's what I do. I have cut 2 sheets once or twice but I prefer not to. Also, the trimmer I have is now extinct (12" with edgelight) so I don't want to break it. :p

stampinCPA 09-05-2012 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Qbee (Post 19665989)
I sometimes use the paper guide when I'm cutting multiples. It provides an edge for the paper to rest against so you don't have to look at the numbers every time. Absolutely love mine!!

Brenda, how many sheets of SU cs can you comfortably cut at a time?

Qbee 09-06-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by stampinCPA (Post 19666115)
Brenda, how many sheets of SU cs can you comfortably cut at a time?

I only cut one sheet at a time and it really is a pleasure. Kind of sad how much fun cutting card stock is now. And don't even get me started on the edge light. :D

nenebird 09-07-2012 07:34 PM

I ended up with a Fellowes trimmer, which was about $100, no light but I don't cut paper in the dark. Its heavy duty and sturdy.

gale 09-07-2012 09:56 PM

The light isn't for cutting paper in the dark. With the light, you can see behind your picture or some cardstock so that you can see exactly where you're going to cut. I use the light on almost every cutting job. It's perfect for when I'm trimming pictures. On cards, I often use a printed verse inside so it makes it very easy to cut it so that the verse is centered correctly.

Qbee 09-08-2012 05:00 AM

Okay, so now I'm forced to talk about the edge light. LOL! :D This trimmer was designed for professional photographers who trim those white edges off their photos or crop them. The light shines through the photo giving you the exact placement for the cut. It also works on light colored card stock and DSP. I don't use this feature every time, but it sure come in handy when I need it.

TTB 09-12-2012 02:35 AM

My cutter might be the best investment that I have made. I bought it years ago just can't remember how many years ago. I know the waiting list was about 1 year out. I use it every time I work with paper. The edge light is a must. I have the 12" and am thinking about upgrading to the 16". Too bad that stopped making the edge light for the 12" because sometimes people don't have room for the 16". I do understand that the 16" without the edge light is only $30 more so if you have the room the 16" is the way to go and if you want the edge light the 16" is the only way to get it. Think about the cutters that you have or if you are new at this how many cutters that you might buy to find out they are very limited in the usefulness and don't last (believe me I have plenty of those). It would be wise to use the money to buy a Genesis. Put it on your Christmas list.

The MFT Lady 09-12-2012 11:10 AM

I have a 16" with light for my home studio and a 12" for the store. I wholeheartedly endorse them! And they are made in the USA.

They are spendy, yes, BUT if I added up all the money I've wasted on trimmer after trimmer that didn't work, I would have been ahead of the game. Plus you can buy every single part of it as replacements, so if anything does break or get lost, it can be replaced.

LOVELOVELOVE it.


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