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CARL Heavy Duty Rotary Paper Trimmer 15inch
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- BHeavy-duty 36-sheet rotary trimmer with carbide blade, patented rail system, calibrated metal base, adjustable magnetic paper gauge and storage compartment.
- The choice for the most demanding trimming projects.
- The patented locking rail mechanism holds paper firmly in place while the premium carbide blade ensures an accurate cut.
- CARL Model# DC-220N, cuts up to 36 sheets.
- Adjustable magnetic paper gauge is great for making repetitive cuts.
- Green-friendly paper trimmer
- Adjustable magnetic paper guide hold materials on a calibrated sturdy metal base board
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CARL DC-220N 15 inch Heavy Duty Rotary Paper Trimmer - 36 sheet cutting capacity
Established in the United States since 1999, CARL MFG. USA, Inc. offers a broad range of Paper Trimmers, Paper Punching Systems and Personal Security Products.
CARL has been designing cutting edge products for use in the office, home and school environments for over 70 years.
CARL DC-220N 15' Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer, 36 Sheets
Item Number CUI12220
Green Machine Heavy Duty 36 Sheet Rotary Paper Trimmer: is green friendly trimmer, cuts cardstock, artist board, plastic sheets and more.
Patented locking rail mechanism and the luminous paper holder is made of light harvesting acrylic that makes cutting easy and accurate.
The adjustable magnetic paper guide holds materials on a calibrated metal baseboard.
Features a storage compartment for extra blades and mats. Spare cutting mat, straight blade, and perforating blade included.
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The choice for the most demanding trimming projects. The patented locking rail mechanism holds paper firmly in place while the premium carbide blade ensures an accurate cut. Cuts up to 30 sheets. Adjustable magnetic paper gauge is great for making repetitive cuts. Durable metal base is calibrated and features alignment grid, ruler and preset measurements for common-sized items. Cuts mat board, card stock, plastic sheets, 1/8" foam board, etc. Features a handy storage compartment for extra blades and cutting mats. Spare cutting mat, straight blade and perforating blade included.Manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty (excludes blade and cutting mats). All sheet capacities are based on 20-lb. bond.
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• Smooth, clean cuts
• Blades are replaceable (and not too expensive at around $5/ blade)
• Handy storage area at bottom of the trimmer
• Includes 2 straight blades, 1 perforating blade, and 2 cutting mats
• Can use each cutting mat 4 times by turning/flipping
• Feels solidly built
• "Locks" paper in place so it doesn't shift during cutting
• Rubberized base keeps the trimmer steady
• Not great for card stock (only cuts 4 sheets of 100lb cover stock (270gsm) at a time)
• Magnetic paper guide doesn't fit correctly, is difficult to position, and sometimes shifts while cutting
• Can't use for scoring (the scoring blade--sold separately--does not score card stock correctly)
• Plastic guard makes it difficult to cut smaller paper sizes (under 4")
The magnetic paper guide is neat, but difficult to position correctly. It doesn't fit the rail exactly, so it ends up at a slight angle whenever you try to position it. (See attached photo.) Not good if you want to cut your paper in a straight line! I have to double-check the position every time I move the guide. It would be better if it either fit that rail exactly or extended the full length of the cutting board to slot into both the upper and lower rails. The magnet is also a bit weaker than I expected, and the rail sometimes shifts while I'm cutting, leaving me with uneven paper sizes.
On to scoring. I make large amounts of greeting card blanks at a time, and 15+ minutes of scoring by hand (with a bone folder and scoring board) leaves my hand aching and sore. I was hoping that the rotary trimmer--in combination with the CARL K-30 Replacement Scoring Blade for the DC-210/220/238/2503--would be a great solution for me.
However, it doesn't score wide or deep enough to even leave an impression on the back of the card stock, much less create a smooth fold. (See attached photos for comparison.) Very disappointed. The scoring blade is not wide enough or heavy-duty enough to score heavy card stock. I've tested several different paper weights, and construction paper is the heaviest thing it will score correctly. This is currently the only scoring blade available for this trimmer.
So in summary, cutting is very good in general, acceptable if you use card stock. Scoring is a non-starter. If you're planning on using this paper trimmer for cutting computer paper or small amounts of card stock, it'll probably suit your needs perfectly.
The only two flaws with it that I have found (but don't matter enough to me to detract stars):
1) I wish the back magnetic bar extended across the entire length of the board to attach to the other side.
2) If I want to trim small things that are already cut (less than 3 inches) I need to use another trimmer because the yellow paper clamp impedes this.
I have found that some of the machine trimmed papers (8x11 or 12x12, etc.) sometimes are not square and this baby makes the sides accurate. My OCD loves the straight lines every single time.
The back bar is very useful for cutting things the same length over and over. I bought this size to use it to cut 12x12 papers on an angle, which it does beautifully. The blade cuts so nicely and doesn't tear the paper leaving a smooth edge. It is also nicely weighted (read a bit heavy) so it doesn't slip around on the table when cutting!
I would buy this again in a heartbeat!
The first job I did with this cutter was slicing up standard office 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper, 10 sheets at a time. I did find that I had to slide the rotary cutter one or two extra times to make sure all were cut through. It might be because it was on a bar top so I couldn't push down very hard but I wanted to note this for those with less arm strength.
So, all in all, I appreciate that this cutter had extra features but I'm not sure if this is the right cutter for me. I like paper cutters for speed as well as for ease in doing masses of work. Because of the locking mechanism I found this a little slow going and I would have liked the magnetic bar to be more like a drafting machine that is manufacturered to always be perpendicular to the top without being checked. I could see that the hold down mechanism might be really good for smaller strips of paper. It also might prevent those times when the blade doesn't cut through and so the paper gets pulled and the cut is crooked (happens on guillotine cutters). So I might look at other cutters to see if any of them suit me better.
2 week edit: I used this for two jobs of about 480 papers each (standard computer print paper, 24lb, one cut each page). It did a good job, and once again I appreciated being able to set the magnetic bar paper stop to help speed things up. However, I realized that I do not like setting the clamp down for each set of papers I cut (10 sheets at a time). Even with the magnetic bar and the clamp I managed to cut a few things crookedly and I'm not sure if I put them in like that and didn't have the paper flat enough or if I had moved things with the clamp without noticing. Just FYI even with a clamp and large flat surface if you're cutting something in half or more than the piece hanging off the cutting end can throw you out of alignment unless you're careful to flatten the end on the cutter every time. So, I researched high end cutters, which edge into the commercial market. Apparently Rototrim is top of the line and Dahle is near second. Their products are almost all metal, heavy, precise, made to last, and expensive. They do have personal use lines that are more affordable. Both of these lines include extra features, such as the magnetic guide and have more user friendly ways to hold the paper down for you when you trim (instead of this clamp system). I ended up buying a Dahle 14-1/8" Cut Professional Series, High Capacity Rolling Blade Rotary Trimmer. It had a full metal body (which made it noticably heavier) but a very sharp snickety blade. It holds the paper down nearest the position of the blade automatically and also has a magnetic sliding bar. Reviews said that the markings and numbers will wear off eventually, so I plan to spray it with a sealer now that I know I'm keeping it.
Conclusion: The Carl Heavy Duty Rotary Paper Trimmer is a good step up from basic trimmers and is lightweight enough for easy lifting but is a bit large for taking on the road. The magnetic bar is a wonderful feature that all trimmers should have. With some patience, the clamping paper holder is also useful. However, if you're willing to pay about $30 more and don't mind the increased weight the Dahle 550 might last you longer.