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Posted 1/18/2013 by Starbuxqun in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 218,585
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Posted: 1/18/2013 7:58:03 AM
Haven't been "pea-ing" in so long, its been great to get back on here for ideas and inspiration! I currently have two Fiskars portable swing arm paper trimmers(12 inch) with triple track blades. Can't even remember the model names- they must be 5+ or more years old. I have googled "what are the best paper trimmers out there?" And have even tried to find threads related to this on here, but can't seem to find current information.
I'm wanting to buy a new paper trimmer that cuts consistently straight and would love some input- TIA!

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PeaNut 1,583
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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:00:20 AM
I use the Fiskars one you have but usually buy one every year or so when M's has a 50% coupon. As long as you change the blade, it cute straight.

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PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
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Posted: 1/18/2013 8:20:44 AM
Lots of people love the Tonic 12" guillotine trimmer. I alternate between that and my Creative Memories 12" rotary trimmer, which is more portable.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 10:46:47 AM
Cutters seem to invite strong opinions. I've been extremely happy with Cutterpillar, but read a few recent orders had issues. Mine can cut the smallest piece and is very accurate, whether chipboard or paper.

I have a couple of Carl's that are over 12-15 years old and they have been reliable, have a variety of blade shapes, and parts are widely available. They're not super precise, but definitely adequate for scrapping.

Good luck with your search, it might be easier to shop for jeans


PeaNut 276,171
September 2006
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Posted: 1/18/2013 1:41:12 PM

Good luck with your search, it might be easier to shop for jeans

No Kidding!! I am glad to see I am not the only one who does not look forward to shopping for jeans!!

On the Trimmer note, I just recently purchased the Fiskars ProCision and it. You can get them at Joann with a coupon. Think I paid about $70.00 for it. Had a Tonic Guillotine for 6+ years, but it started to cut off.

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Posted: 1/18/2013 1:49:14 PM
I have a Rotatrim M-15 trimmer. It cuts perfectly straight every time. It's so accurate, that I noticed paper does not come square from the manufacturers all the time.

It has a pretty large footprint, but there is a smaller one that would also work for scrapbooking (the M-12). I got the larger because my photo paper is 13" across and I needed something that could cut wider than 12".

It has a self sharpening blade. I have had mine for four or five years now and am on my first blade, despite having cut literally thousands of sheets of extra heavy chipboard.

Before I got this trimmer, I threw out a trimmer every six months, it seemed. Since I got this one, I have been totally happy! One of my top three all time best scrapbook purchases.

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