How are your paper trimmers “self-sharpening”?
The action is similar to sharpening knives. Dahle self-sharpening trimmers (excluding Vantage® Trimmers) feature two blades, the cutting blade (rotary or guillotine) and the counter blade which runs along the side of the trimmer. The cutting blade slides across the counter blade at an angle that hones the cutting edge.
If your trimmers are self-sharpening, does that mean I will never need a new blade?
It means your blade will stay sharper and last longer over time. Although the blade is high-quality steel, it will eventually wear down and you will need to replace it. Rotary blades have a shorter lifespan than Guillotine blades. For the best blade performance, use the blade a few times without paper to keep it honed and ready.
How long will my cutting blades last?
The life span of a cutting blade varies depending on what you are cutting and how often the trimmer is used. If you trim photo paper occasionally, the blade will have a longer life than if you cut card stock daily. Rotary cutting blades have a shorter lifespan than Guillotine blades. You can contact a Customer Relations Specialist to help you choose a trimmer that suits your needs at 800-995-1379.
What is an automatic paper clamp?
An automatic paper clamp compresses your work evenly and firmly as you cut so there is no need to hold your work down manually or use excessive cutting pressure.
What do the imprinted lines and numbers on the base of the cutter represent?
The grids and numbers represent standard cutting sizes and angles. Dahle products are German designed, so some of the grids represent European paper sizes.
Why is sheet capacity listed in the trimmer’s specifications?
Sheet capacity is a standard specification used to measure the capability of a paper trimmer. While effectiveness should not be measured in sheet capacity alone, it is a helpful guide. Always follow your trimmer recommendations for sheet capacity and material specifications for proper function and optimal results. If you need assistance choosing the right trimmer for your needs, give us a call at 800-995-1379.
Are your cutting heads and blades replaceable?
Rotary trimmer cutting heads and some guillotine cutting blades are replaceable. Please contact us at (800) 995-1379 for availability.