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    Advice request: cutter

    Recommendations for cutter for film up to 24 inches max.
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    24" is a problem for length

    I tested several type and brands of cutters

    I cut a lot of film, but not 24"

    I found using 2 cheap Dahle was best for me, as they have a unique film-hold-soft clamp
    https://www.dahle.com/trimmers/guillotines

    I use 2 often, 12" and 18" Vantage models, Amazon has a good price

    They have an soft rubber clamp that lowers just before the blade

    I dust the whole contraption before usage and use them only for film, never paper, storing in a clean metal drawer 'toolbox'

    I have the roller cutter everybody 'likes'

    I don't



    Dalhe seems to be a good company in many ways
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    24" is a problem for length

    I tested several type and brands of cutters

    I cut a lot of film, but not 24"

    I found using 2 cheap Dahle was best for me, as they have a unique film-hold-soft clamp
    https://www.dahle.com/trimmers/guillotines

    I use 2 often, 12" and 18" Vantage models, Amazon has a good price

    They have an soft rubber clamp that lowers just before the blade

    I dust the whole contraption before usage and use them only for film, never paper, storing in a clean metal drawer 'toolbox'

    I have the roller cutter everybody 'likes'

    I don't



    Dalhe seems to be a good company in many ways
    These look very nice. Are you cutting multiple sheets at a time with this? I cut 8x10 film to 5x8 frequently and have been doing that one at a time on a root trimmer. I would love to cut a ten sheet box with one swipe and then be bone!

    Any suggestions for notching the other half?

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    I cut one sheet at a time, my system is quick, expensive film is slow

    I cut a lot of 2-sided X-ray so notching is not needed

    When I cut single sided normal film I keep emusion up always

    X-Ray has round corners



    Quote Originally Posted by John Brady View Post
    These look very nice. Are you cutting multiple sheets at a time with this? I cut 8x10 film to 5x8 frequently and have been doing that one at a time on a root trimmer. I would love to cut a ten sheet box with one swipe and then be bone!

    Any suggestions for notching the other half?
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Whatever you use just make sure it doesn't leave a sharp, downward-turned edge on every other sheet of film - because if you are a tray shuffler then you might get some serious scratches. Just sayin'

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    I never shuffle

    Tried it many times

    Hangers I can do

    Quote Originally Posted by John Layton View Post
    Whatever you use just make sure it doesn't leave a sharp, downward-turned edge on every other sheet of film - because if you are a tray shuffler then you might get some serious scratches. Just sayin'
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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I bought a 16” Dahle guillotine 30 years ago in the clearance corner of an art store. They work. I also have a 24” Roto Trim. Both excellent. The advice of TC to use the cutter only for film is very sound, after all, you wouldn’t use a prosciutto slicer for cheese......

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    ....that would depend on the cheese!

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Sounds like Roto trim..

    20x24-10x24

    2024-1220

    2024-1012

    810-58

    Etc.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I use a Roto-trim 30"

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