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Old 10-30-2009, 11:52 AM   #41
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I'm glad to know it's not just me! I have the Carl RT200, Fiskars Ultimate Craft Trimmer, a couple of smaller Carl rotary trimmers, the Fiskars with the straight blade in the track, and the 12 x 12 Tonic Guillotine. Right now I am using the Tonic trimmer but I didn't care for the measurements being on the metal at the top and not on the base itself, so I bought a right-to-left adhesive tape measure from a woodworking supply and stuck it down at the top. I love it! Every now and then it chews up the paper towards the bottom of a long cut, but I think it's user error. I tend to bring the blade down too quickly and find that I get a smoother cut if I slow down a bit and also angle the blade toward the base a bit.The next best one, strangely enough, is the Fiskars Ultimate Craft Trimmer, which is almost impossible to find now. I don't like replacing blades and cutting strips, though. But it cut straight and has a pull out 4 or 6 inch ruler on the RIGHT side of the blade, which I really like. I wish the Tonic had that.

Why can't someone combine all of our good ideas into one fabulous, cuts-straight-every-time and doesn't-cost-an-arm-and-a-leg trimmer??? So many of the trimmers only measure 8 or 9 inches on the left and if I want to cut a piece of paper to 10.5 inches it's not possible. That's what I don't like about the Carl, it's not wide enough.

Tap, tap, is this thing on - manufacturers, are you listening????
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ps I have a genesis trimmer. Huge, but doesn't cut more than one sheet at a time. There is NO perfect trimmer. When I win the lottery, I will hire someone to design one, manufacture it and let you all know!
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:54 AM   #42
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Here is a link to the replacement blades for the Fiskar's Rock Paper Trimmer I mentioned:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...ODID=prd790930
I had to call Fiskars to find out, because it's such a new product, and nobody could tell me what kind of replacement blade to buy. It doesn't need one yet, though, and I don't anticipate needing one for a long time.
She told me that the strip should last me for years. That's a lot longer than the Cutterpede one lasts, so I hope she's right!
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I have a Dahle that I love - and can cut 3-4 sheets of cardstock in one "swoop". I have two small complaints, though: 1) it's supposed to be a 12" cutter, but it tears that last 1/8" and 2) I wish it had 1/8" markings. Fortunately, neither of those complaints affect my crafting very often. However, if I get another cutter, I'd probably get the Dahle 15" model.
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Here is a link to the replacement blades for the Fiskar's Rock Paper Trimmer I mentioned:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...ODID=prd790930

She told me that the strip should last me for years. That's a lot longer than the Cutterpede one lasts, so I hope she's right!
If the strip is made the same way as the original, ancient one, then it should last a long time. I've had the same strip since I bought mine, probably 8 - 10 years now, it's 4 sided, so you just rotate it often to keep it from getting worn out.
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If the strip is made the same way as the original, ancient one, then it should last a long time. I've had the same strip since I bought mine, probably 8 - 10 years now, it's 4 sided, so you just rotate it often to keep it from getting worn out.
Thanks. They called me back with the product #, and said that they 'should' carry it at Michael's. The number is 95827097. I'll check
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I have to say I am LOL at a trimmer that has an MP3 doc and speakers!

I have one of the old (charcoal and orange), original Fiskar's rotary trimmers, with the replaceable cutting strip, that still works perfectly. I use it only when I want to have a decorative edge using one of the replaceable blades I own. For regular cutting, I prefer the Tonic 12 x 12 guillotine, not the 6" with the swing arm, but the full size trimmer.
That's the one I have (Fiskars) and I hate it...so, I am afraid to read reviews, because obviously some people love it! I wonder if the new one (with the mp3) is the same way...
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I have an Exacto with laser guide. I set the laser out of the box and have had great cuts ever since.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/x-acto-laser-trimmer/

I got mine at Office Max (or Office Depot, I get those confused).


For less exact measurements, I use a Fiskars desktop cutter with an arm that swings out for measurements to 12". I also have an old guillotine cutter, like the kind at school, for heavy-duty stuff and cutting multiple sheets of paper. It's a little harder to get an exact cut on it because there's a gap between the arm and the base, but it's been a reliable cutter for about 15 years now.
I can't tell from the photo--how does the laser guide work? Is it visual (as in, YOU have to look to see if it's straight on your paper)?
I really need something that I can bump the paper up against, because many MANY times it LOOKS straight to me, but it's off just a hair--enough to be visible once you mat it. I have learned that I cannot eyeball "straightness."
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The rotary cutters that I think work best have a mat that has to be replaced that the cutter cuts against.
funny, that has NOT been my experience. You can't see where it's cutting, exactly. I don't always use measurements, so I need to be able to eyeball where it's cutting. Also, I find it requires too much pressure and doesn't make a nice clean cut (even with a new blade).
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I bought this X-Acto for the office because needed to cut binder spines.
It does a straight cut on cover stock and I've brought in things from home to cut because it does a better job than my Carl cutter or any of the Fiskars cutters I have rattling around the house.

The thing I like best are the grooves to be sure that you have the bottom straight.
ooh, that sounds perfect, if only it weren't a guillotine style
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Has anyone tried the new Creative Memories rotary cutter?
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I have a genesis trimmer. I LOVE it. I think they'll be taking orders for them again soon.
why do you think they will be taking orders soon? I've been checking everyday for 2 years now and am still hopeful...
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I have a Rotatrim 15" Professional series trimmer.I also have a Genesis but I use the Rotatrim more often.It is able to cut more than one sheet of cardstock and has a self sharpening blade. http://www.rotatrim.co.uk/product.php?product_code=4
Make sure to get the "M" (professional) series. It was 1/2 the cost of the Genesis.

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I have a Rotatrim 15" Professional series trimmer.I also have a Genesis but I use the Rotatrim more often.It is able to cut more than one sheet of cardstock and has a self sharpening blade. http://www.rotatrim.co.uk/product.php?product_code=4
Make sure to get the "M" (professional) series. It was 1/2 the cost of the Genesis.

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whoa, $130 is HALF the cost of a Genesis?!
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Actually, my 16" Genesis was quoted at $390 before shipping. So I guess I'm pretty bad at math! LOL!

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Sorry, the Rotatrim site that I linked is the UK site. The price for the 15" M series is closer to $240 US.
I am in Canada and found a great deal on mine.I'm sure there are lots of sales to be had - just do a search for "Rotatrim Professional".

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I purchased the tonic 12x12 just recently and LOVE it.
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I have just ordered my Genesis Trimmer and it will be on its way by Friday!! I am sooo excited and can't believe it! BonniesBest has a ordering link in place now if you want to order the Genesis Trimmer! Yea!!
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I have! The first one I had worked great for about a week. Then it started ripping my paper. I called the company and they sent me a new one (which I thought was great customer service!). The new one worked for about 2 weeks. I had to keep taking it apart and putting it back together every time I wanted to use it. It was so frustrating!

Maybe if we all donated five bucks to an inventor, they could invent a cutter that works!
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If I wasn't so in love with my MM trimmer, I'd possibly consider buying a Genesis.

http://www.bonniesbest.com/genesis.htm

(I must have one of the pre-crooked MM Precision Trimmers.)
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I love the little cutterpede, wish I could find a larger version of it. Forget the Martha Stewart and Fiskars rotary cutters where the blade cuts into a channel. The rotary cutters that I think work best have a mat that has to be replaced that the cutter cuts against.

The cutterpede has shuttles you change, not a blade. Has anyone seen a large version of this?

I'm looking at getting a large Tonic guillotine for cutting panels....
Right after I posted this, 2 wonderful things happened. First, someone PM'd me a link to the Tonic guillotine on Scrapbook Alley - they were on sale for the best price I've seen AND free shipping. Ordered that as fast as my little fingers could type. Next, I ran into JoAnn's to grab a quick notion and what is on the shelf but THREE of the long (full-sized) Cutterpede's, marked $24.99 but all cutters were 20% off. I felt guilty about buying ANOTHER cutter but DH said get it, I'm tired of listening you whine for one.

I just have to add.... we have a small JoAnn's near us and I have never seen Cutterpedes - even small ones - in there before!

I have to say, I have a small in home business and each has its use and I love all three - I also have the MM one. But I do wish it were possible to have it all, and have it all in one cutter.
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