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Posted 6/15/2013 by CoastalScrapper in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 6/15/2013 7:44:46 AM
Anyone else have troubles with these trimmers with the wire guides? I'm on my second one now and the wire keeps fraying and the blade tears up my paper. I'm wondering why they come so highly recommended. The first time I exchanged it at the store. Now I guess I have to go back to Fiskars . Just wondered about others experience with this product?
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Posted: 6/15/2013 8:35:56 AM
I love mine. I haven't had any trouble at all.

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Posted: 6/15/2013 8:36:38 AM
I've had mine for a couple of years and no sign of the wire fraying. I've changed my blade a few times, but that's an item that wears out and needs to be replaced. I'm going to try the titanium blade next time. I've heard they last a really long time.

The wire fraying, though, is something I've never heard of.

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Posted: 6/15/2013 9:11:51 AM
My mom had some trouble with fraying. She send Fiskars an email and they sent a new wire. It has worked perfectly the last year or so since.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 9:13:56 AM
Never had my wire fray at all and I use it a bunch. I have had to replace the blade, but like someone else said, that is going to happen with this type of cutter.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 9:29:18 AM
I have had mine for several years and had no problem. However, my friend has had the fraying problem twice.

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Posted: 6/15/2013 9:58:35 AM
I have one and have never had a problem with the wire fraying. I still get nervous when the blade sometimes glides against the wire. I keep thinking that it will eventually ruin it. Good to know I can get another one from Fiskars if I need it.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 5:02:44 PM
I've had two fray on me as well.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 5:43:36 PM
Yes, the first I had to throw away, stopped cutting straight. This one the blade suddenly starts ripping, even if it is fairly new. Also the blade always falls off!

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Posted: 6/15/2013 5:46:17 PM
I don't have a frayed wire that I can tell, but it does fray my paper. I thought I was the only one disappointed with this trimmer.

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Posted: 6/15/2013 5:46:30 PM
I've heard of wires fraying, but I have mine for several yrs now, it gets TONS of daily use and I've never had a problem.

Makes you wonder if they got a batch of bad wires OR if the wire/blade positioning is just a fraction off on those particular plastic guides? Hmmm.......

So sorry some of you are having a bad time! IMHO, having a great trimmer is important to this hobby being fun. When you get crooked or jagged cuts on expensive papers...grrrrrr!

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Posted: 6/15/2013 6:09:06 PM
I had this happen too. I contacted Fiskars and they sent me a replacement.

I have a friend that works at Michael's corporate and her Fiskars rep told her that they did, in fact, have a bad batch of trimmers with these wires.

Mine has been great so far, plus I've bought one for my kiddo and hers has been great.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 6:24:19 PM
I just got mine and have had no problems so far. I have heard of the wire fraying but also heard that Fiskars will replace it.

I didn't know they made titanium blades. Do these sell these as replacements at M's?

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Posted: 6/15/2013 6:31:02 PM
I had the wire fraying issue, switched to a rotary cutter, the CutterPillar Pro, and haven't looked back!!

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Posted: 6/15/2013 6:41:36 PM

My wire hasn't frayed. I had to keep replacing the blade because it seemed that every time I went to a crop the blade would be dull.

I used this as justification to upgrade to the Fiskars ProCision trimmer, which I absolutely love.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 6:51:33 PM
I have. Fiskars sent me a replacement arm but the paper gets chewed up now even though I've changed blades and cleaned out the groove. I'm not happy at all with this trimmer.

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Posted: 6/15/2013 10:19:49 PM
I have a titanium blade & it does seem to be lasting a lot longer.


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Posted: 6/15/2013 10:31:14 PM
Thanks for the responses. I'll wait and see what Fiskars says. I spoke to someone today who also owns this trimmer and she found that if she used more straight down pressure instead of pushing on an angle either towards or away from you it worked better. I tried it and its a little better but hasn't fixed the problem. The wire is obviously warped but now I have some idea of why it might have been happening.
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Posted: 6/15/2013 10:31:28 PM
Just got mine and really like it. Haven't had it long enough to notice an issue with the wire though.
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Posted: 6/15/2013 10:33:22 PM
Ditto that! Fortunately I spent very little on mine. I don't get the hype either.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:06:45 PM
I had the wire fraying problem too - and my cutter was barely a month old! After the second time, I switched to the Fiskars with the rotary blade and love it!



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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:38:39 PM
My wire was also messed up they sent me a new one.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:38:58 PM
My wire has not frayed, but the first trimmer that I bought was not cutting square. I contacted Fiskars via their website and they sent me a replacement. They have excellent customer service.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:47:21 PM
I haven't had any problems with mine yet. The nice thing with Fiskars is that they will replace broken tools for you if you call them.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 6:01:22 PM
Yep, I had two trimmers where the wire frayed. Fiskars replaced both of them for me; in fact, the second time, they sent me the rotary one but I hate it, b/c I can't tell where I am supposed to cut. I bought another one and it's been fine now, though I am seeing that it's kind of warped and not cutting straight.

I will say though that their customer service is great. They guarantee their products for life.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 11:15:14 PM
I had this happen with the very first one I got. Wasn't smart enough to contact Fiskars, but I snipped the wire at both ends and it still works, just don't have the guide. Just could't stand to throw it away. Now maybe I need to just contact them about it.


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Posted: 6/18/2013 6:33:45 AM
I have had Fiskars replace the wire twice. Not sure why it happens to some and not otehrs



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Posted: 6/18/2013 6:50:51 AM
I've returned two to Ms because of the frayed or broken wire. Last one just broke so I just removed the wire. I don't feel like going through returning it again. Besides, I only use mine when I go to crops. I won THIS FISKARS at CKU Stamford last year and I love it. It tays on my workspace.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 6:51:46 AM
I haven't had any wire fraying issues. I am a little grumped that it's not totally "square" at the ends of the trimmer, I have to use the guide lines to get a truly square cut. And I actually found the titanium blades are much sharper, but actually don't last as long for me!!!


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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:16:55 AM
Glad to hear their customer service is great, not so pleased that it keeps happening for some. Not sure whether to ask for the same trimmer or not. The rotary blade trimmer looks so bulky. With so many issues you'd think they would figure out how to solve the problem with the wire and release a better system. Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:22:58 AM
I have had that problem twice, not wanting to invest in a bigger better trimmer i bought two to have one in spare when one wire goes out. I consider it a disposable item and just purchase another one when one breaks. I sure wish they would go back to that gray and orange trimmer of long ago, I loved mine and gave it away when I got the creative memories trimmer, which they then discontinued.



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Posted: 6/18/2013 7:52:40 AM
The first time I just figured I used it to death so I tossed it and bought a new one. Now not even three months later the second one did it. I am very disappointed. I was in the middle of a project so I just cut off the wire. I keep meaning to call fiskars


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Posted: 6/18/2013 9:57:54 AM
I actually just emailed Fiskars about this very problem yesterday - the wire frayed and then broke completely. I had bought the portable rotary-type Fiskars a couple weeks ago to keep at home and use the wire one when I go to crops, so I wasn't out a trimmer. It's good to hear that they have been replacing the broken ones so well!

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Posted: 10/4/2013 5:22:57 PM
I have had two problems with the wire fraying. Fiskars sent replacements but each time it took a month, which is frustrating. They didn't send instructions on how to change it out this time and I don't remember. Don't want to snap the plastic. Does anyone have instructions?


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Posted: 10/4/2013 5:34:29 PM
I have had mine 3 years and no wire fraying. The ruler extension did fall off and they sent me a completely new trimmer so their customer service is awesome

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Posted: 10/4/2013 7:35:38 PM
Yes, I've had this problem with mine from day one. I have a Tonic Guillotine now that I use instead of the Fiskars Surecut, but am still in search of the perfect trimmer.


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Posted: 10/4/2013 7:45:48 PM
Mine cuts jagged edges on paper--does this mean the wire is frayed? I am so disappointed as this trimmer comes so highly recommended and I liked that it was portable for crops. Can you SEE that the wire is frayed? Going to have to check mine and then contact fiskars. I really want to like this trimmer but am thinking I might have to spend the big bucks and get a Cutterpillar!

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Posted: 10/4/2013 7:50:36 PM
I am starting to get annoyed with Fiskars products. I have one that I replaced while waiting for my replacement after the 1st 2 had the wire fray. This one is now not cutting very straight. It's about to drive me bonkers. I still hate the rotary one too b/c I can't see where to cut, but also b/c I can't tolerate long periods of time pushing down on my arms.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 8:27:40 PM
I had a problem, called the company...they said they had been having complaints...sent me another ruler/wire part.
Second one, still frayed edges.
I called again.
The sent me the cheap rotary trimmer.
When I finally opened it, the measures were hard to read, there were gaps in pieces that made it hard to use.
I called again.
The sent me the 8in rotary trimmer, that doesn't fold, but does have the same face as the initial trimmer I purchased.
I kept the other trimmers and haven't opened the new one yet.
I love the SureCut idea but it just isn't working.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 9:47:43 PM
The company sent me a new arm. ( I had already returned the first cutter to M's and was onto my second trimmer) So far the wire on the new arm isn't shearing but it only cuts cleanly for the first 20 cuts after that it's back to the same thing with frayed edges. I was quite surprised when I initially called the company and their customer service agent's first suggestion was " why don't you just cut the wire"? But that's the whole reason I bought the silly thing! If I cut the wire it's not much different than the one I had before, although I admit it's bigger. I still have friends who absolutely swear by theirs and have had no problems. I don't get it? I recently changed the blade AGAIN! Now I'm starting to wonder if the wire isn't somehow wearing the blade down, instead of the other way around. I'm probably just grasping at straws.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 11:29:53 PM
I also ended up with a frayed wire but I think I've figured out what's causing it. So far this solution has worked for me, I haven't had any more trouble so I thought I'd share.

There are two types of replacement blades in Style I for this trimmer. I had been using these originally:
Replacement Blades

After a while I started using these type thinking they were just an updated version: Second Style of Blades When I started using these, that's when I started having a bunch of trouble.

After contacting Friskars, they sent me a replacement section that contained the wire and I went back to using the first type of blades. I haven't had a problem since and that was about a year ago. My theory is that you need to use whichever version of these style I blades that your trimmer originally came with (if you can remember). For me the first version went on easily and always glided smoothly. The second version gave me a lot more resistance but still fit.

Hope that helps somebody!

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Posted: 10/6/2013 8:46:07 AM
I've had mine for a few years and have never had an issue with the wire, although I did hear that some people were. I have used the titanium blades since the day I found them (and yes, they are at Ms) but in all honestly, I really don't see that much of a difference. Maybe the last a little bit longer... and maybe the cut a little bit better... but they cost twice as much. As I said, I do use them, but I'm not sure that they make "a world of difference".

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Posted: 10/6/2013 11:09:10 AM
Mine only frays the paper when the blade jumps to the right side of the wire - as long as I make sure the blade is on the left of the wire, it makes clean cuts (until I need to change blades but that's expected). When I lift the arm up, I can see if the blade is to the left or right of the wire - it doesn't slip from one side to the other when cutting but if the blade is at either the top or bottomof the track and the arm is lifted, the blade point is a bit higher than the wire. When I lower the arm and press down to cut, the blade may come down left or right of the wire; I just check it and slip the wire to the left if I need to.

Hope this makes sense!

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Posted: 10/6/2013 11:29:02 AM
Nope - have had it 3 years now. Bought one for a friend who has had gets for 2, no issues.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 3:24:10 PM
Yes! Two have done this and I called them and they sent replacements. It happens often, twice within a few years for me

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