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Old 03-24-2005, 03:11 PM   #1
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Okay, a fellow demonstrator and I are wondering what the best paper/cardstock cutter is. We are looking for something that can put up with a lot of cutting (I love my SU! cutter, but when it comes to cutting a large amount of paper, it's kind of a pain!) Just curious what everyone else uses and what the prices are! Thanks in advance!!!

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The Carl Rotary trimmers are the best!

I believe deoms can get a discount on them through www.everafterarts.com

The heavy duty one will cuts LOTS of cardstock at once!
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I'm hoping that one day I will end up with the rolls royce of cutters...
The Genesis

http://www.genesistrimmer.com/faq.html

I have dropped hints to my DH, but I don't know if he has taken the bait yet. You see it takes 6 months from your order date for the cutter to be delivered to you. I mentioned it around Christmas and again in February. I just wish I knew if it has been ordered. I have heard great things about it.

I have also heard good things about the Dahle trimmer:

http://www.dahle.com/

That will be my second choice for a trimmer. Mine is about to bite the dust.

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Old 03-25-2005, 06:59 AM   #5
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I'd like to know if the Carl Rotary Cutters are capable of cutting small pieces--like 2 x 3" in size?
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I have tried so many. I am currently using a Carl PRT 100 and I really don't like it. Cuts are not truly square. I didn't like the old fiskars one either. I ordered a Genesis in October, should be here by June, as they are now running about 8 months to get one. Everyone I have met who has one swears this is the best ever. One drawback, it's not light weight so if you go to stamping parties or crops, you'd need one more portable. I am hearing really good things about the Dahle 507, priced around $50 or so. The Genesis, with the light bar runs $269, and if you add anymore, of course, the price goes up. I understand that the blade lasts for a huge amount of time, years even. HTH
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Go with the CARLS!!! It's worth the investment!! I'm not a demo and I can't WAIT to get one!!
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Oh I almost don't want to write this, but I got a Dahle 507 (this is the same cutter as the one with the extra craft blades that has come out since....) about six months ago, and now I really wish I had spent the money and got a Carl cutter.

The problems are:
1. You know how when you push the cardstock up against the top of the cutter, thinking that if you hold it square there, the perpendicular cut of the blade should be square? Well, for some reason on mine, it is hard to get this squared. In top of the area where you push the paper up to, it seems to be uneven, and it is really easy to get a cut out of alignment. You could in theory use the markings down the sides to get an exact measurement, but I often end up just shaving off a bit here and there as I am creating. So an uneven cut on a work in progress frustrates the heck out of me!

2. It is dull already in one direction. I thought this was self-sharpening? It frays the paper. And you can't turn the blade around, it only fits in one direction.

3. Re: above, it is hard to get new blades.

4. It is very hard to work with sizes below about 2x2--the rotary handle and the paper guide cover so much of the paper that there ends up being very little to hold onto.

So, in my eternal seach for the perfect cutter, I am now moving on to the Carl cutter. Cross your fingers!

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I'd like to know if the Carl Rotary Cutters are capable of cutting small pieces--like 2 x 3" in size?
Yes, I can cut those sizes....but, anything around an inch is a no go for me!
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The Dahle cutters cut in one direction (going up away from you) and resharpen in the other direction - coming down - that is probably why it is 'dull' in that direction. One cut in one direction and see how it works.
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I have use my Carl Cutter for almost a year. I have the professional one. The DC200. I have just ordered a second one for my weekend home. I'm tired of hauling it on the weekends. I love it. It takes me no time to cut paper. The only drawback is the it can't cut paper much under 2" but I just use my SU cutter for that. If you are a SU demonstrator you can order it for wholesale from Mike at everafterarts.com.
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I have several. Since I started rubber stamping in 1987, rotary cutters were not available at that time. I purchased a regular paper cutter called Ingento GT. It is a 12" wood base with a bypass cutter like old regular cutters. I also have a Fiskars rotary cutter. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the Ingento. It has never needed sharpening and I have used it very heavily. It can cut up to 5 sheets regular weight and 2 to 3 sheets cover weight with no problem. One thing I don't like about the Fiskars is that it will cut only one sheet easily at a time. You also must replace the cutting strips regularly or your cuts are not straight. The only thing my Ingento can't do that I wish it would is have the ability to cut starting in the middle of a page to create a window. I believe that I paid $50 for my Ingento in 1987.

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Had logged on to the following site and found they are having a 30% off sale so if you want a Carl's cutter, now is the time!

http://www.wilde-ideas.com/Vndrs/Crl/Trmrs1.html
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I'd like to know if the Carl Rotary Cutters are capable of cutting small pieces--like 2 x 3" in size?
Yes, I can cut those sizes....but, anything around an inch is a no go for me!
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Can I cut 2 x 3" pieces through a minimum of 5 layers of c/s without the paper fanning/shifting on a cutter like the DC 200 Series? I'm wanting a 12 or 15", wouldn't have a need to cut anything on the diagonal that large, so am not interested in the 18" . . .
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Here is a great site...normally $149.99 and now on sale for $97.50 and FREE shipping. This is evan better than Wilde Ideas

http://store.yahoo.com/letterfolders...15heavdut.html

this is for the DC-220 Heavy Duty and says will cut up to 24 sheets of card stock, mat board and foam board and much more!
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I should have clarified:

Can I cut 2 x 3" pieces through a minimum of 5 layers of c/s without the paper fanning/shifting on a cutter like the DC 200 Series? I'm wanting a 12 or 15", wouldn't have a need to cut anything on the diagonal that large, so am not interested in the 18" . . .[/quote]

JulieHRR, I have the 15" Carle and I think you can do that. I cut multiple pieces at a time. The bar clamps down and holds the cardstock securely. Once your piece gets smaller than 2" it's a bit of a challenge.

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I have the Carl professional line cutter and I love it for cutting a lot of cardstock at one time. Julie, yes, it clamps down on the cardstock and holds it in place very nicely. I have teh 18" and I *wish* I had the 15" or 12" - I have the 18" because that's what my upline was ordering and I told her to get me one - I dind't know any better!

But if you're a demo, you can get it from Everafter Arts for half-price.

As for the small pieces, you still need your Fiskars! Because of the way the cutter is made, you really can't cut anything smaller than 2". When preparing for my most recent Stamp Camp, I did cut some smaller pieces (like a 2.75" square) and it was possible, but a bit tricky.

I love how many sheets it cuts at once! But for everyday use, I use my Fiskars Triple Track - similar to the one in the SU catalog, but not the exact same model.

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Does anyone have the phone number for Everafter Arts? The domain everafterarts.com expired on 3/19/05 Just when I finally had the $ to order my cutter.

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Jostamps,

Thanks for the tip on the Dahle!

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I know for big jobs the Carl Cutter is great, but I still use my Fiskars Rotary cutter and it has been working well for me. In about 2 year sI have only had to change the blade once and it cuts really well. I got it once with a coupon.
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I just went to www.everafterarts and it's still there. I bought the Carl 210 with extra mats and cutting blades for about $80. The owner is a really nice guy and I received my order in 3 days. I'm a happy customer!

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I know for big jobs the Carl Cutter is great, but I still use my Fiskars Rotary cutter and it has been working well for me. In about 2 year sI have only had to change the blade once and it cuts really well. I got it once with a coupon.
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I just the got the rotary cutter myself a couple weeks ago. How often do you flip the strip?
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I know for big jobs the Carl Cutter is great, but I still use my Fiskars Rotary cutter and it has been working well for me. In about 2 year sI have only had to change the blade once and it cuts really well. I got it once with a coupon.
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I just the got the rotary cutter myself a couple weeks ago. How often do you flip the strip?
I love my Fiskar's rotary cutter...I've had it almost a year, never changed the blade and only flipped the strip once so far. I get very accurate cuts and can cut through about 5 pcs of heavy CS at once. I use it to cut matboard too and it works great with that.
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Thank you , thank you!!!
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i just went to www.everafterarts.com and it says it is under construction....hmpfff.. trying to figure out if i should cancel my order with the other company if i can get it cheaper
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I know for big jobs the Carl Cutter is great, but I still use my Fiskars Rotary cutter and it has been working well for me. In about 2 year sI have only had to change the blade once and it cuts really well. I got it once with a coupon.
Britta,

I just the got the rotary cutter myself a couple weeks ago. How often do you flip the strip?
that I have done more regularly-I have the 2nd strip in after using all 4 sides and it is tome for a new one-they never seem to have them at Micheal's by me-I will need to check another nearby store.
Thanks for the reminder!
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