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  1. #21

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    If you need to cut a large amount all the same size then a stack cutter is by far the best. Clean cuts for the whole stack. Otherwise Rototrims are the way to go. Only problem with those is you can only cut two or three sheets at a time if you want them to be good.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Thanks everyone...looks like rototrim is my best choice...

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R View Post
    Why would one use a mat cutter to cut film?
    I think the mat cutter came into the conversation when Sal asked if anyone cut mat board with a rotatrim. I wouldn't consider cutting film with a mat cutter either

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    A Rototrim could hypothetically be used to cut 2-ply matboard if something better wasn't on hand. Miserable for 4-ply, however.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    A Rototrim could hypothetically be used to cut 2-ply matboard if something better wasn't on hand. Miserable for 4-ply, however.
    'hypothetically' .......for sure.....but not well. IMO it's absolutely the wrong tool for any kind of mat board, particularly at the cost of 32"x40" mat board....not to mention the cost of the large rotatrim.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    I just wantt to cut film, 8x10 to 4x10 and 5x8, 14x17 to 8.5x14, and 20 x 24 to 10x24 and 12x20. 1 sheet at a time as needed.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wooten View Post
    I just wantt to cut film, 8x10 to 4x10 and 5x8, 14x17 to 8.5x14, and 20 x 24 to 10x24 and 12x20. 1 sheet at a time as needed.
    For that, I use a high quality roto trim. Since I am only cutting 8x10 film to 5x8, I adhered a piece of mat board to the bed of the cutter to act as a stop at 5 inches from the blade. It works but I would still prefer to be able to purchase the film already packaged and cut to size. For your various formats you will need to be creative in building a variety of templates.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    That's correct John, I agree, I'm going to start with the 8x10 and use a small rota trim for that, I will have to check on the different quality rotos available.

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    One more question. I see rota trim has 24 inch and 30 inch models. Will the 24 inch suffice to cut the long side of 20x24 film or would the 30 inch model be recommended?

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    Re: Advice request: cutter

    MBM Kutrimmer, guillotine cutter with a clamp that cuts straight, even 4 ply mat board with ease and straight.

    They hold up good over time and the blades can be re-sharpened.
    https://www.mybinding.com/brands/mbm...AaAmAqEALw_wcB

    Roto trimmers can work, these go back to the Nikor rotary trimmers from back in the day. Had a big rotary trimmer from a graphics arts shop that closed. worked good, but that one is now long gone.


    Bernice

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