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Old Apr 5, 2004, 3:03 PM   #1
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Default in case others are looking for inexpensive rotary cutter

I'm posting this because I was in the market for a rotary cutter but found that either such items were out of my budget or were poor photo cutters (from what I heard).
I took to Ebay and found a reputable dealer that offered a decent cutter and at a great price. :lol:

Mine is an 18" Dahle aka "Skillcraft" (apparently name given to a client of Dahles). According to Dahle...this is a Dahle and like the rest, was made in Germany. From what I've found, anything made in Germany offers reliability and durable construction.

As for reliability of this cutter, I haven't owned it long enough to testify to this. However, as far as construction goes...I would consider this to be of good construction. However, I haven't any experience with the others.

From what I hear, many people swear by the Rotatrim. As for me, I couldn't afford the Rotatrim and even if I could, I couldn't see myself (average user) spending so much on something I consider rudimentary in function.

Enough said I purchased mine for $36. from this auctioneer:
http://stores.ebay.com/Artgrafix-div-of-Stover-Graphics

<img src=http://img12.photobucket.com/albums/v31/informativetoo/dahlebet3.jpg>

The white corkscrew appearing aberration is a "sliver" that I trimmed off my paper. :lol:
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Old Apr 5, 2004, 4:54 PM   #2
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I have a Friskar trimmer that works great. It eventually gets dull and chews up the pictures after a while, but changing the blade fixes that. I use blades my wife discards from her fabric cutter.
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 1:05 PM   #3
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I use blades my wife discards from her fabric cutter.
Hey, that works! :lol: Handy to have someone within the home who will share
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 5:00 PM   #4
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What is a rotary cutter?

Sorry...call me uninformed if ya like but I would like to know

Why does it beat a scissors?
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:09 PM   #5
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Hey digi!

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What is a rotary cutter?
Scroll up :lol:

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Why does it beat a scissors?
If you have ultra-sharp, clean scissors, great eyes (optically speaking :lol: ), steady hand like a surgeon and patience...you'd probably do well with this method of trimming pictures.

I have none of the above, so I spared myself the grief and opted for the rotary trimmer. It cuts in a precise, straight line (quickly) and leaves a nice, smooth, clean edge to the photo. No bumps, jaggies or crimping effect.

However, beings that the plastic paper holder (which looks like a clear ruler in the photo) isn't in precise alignment with the cutter, I have to either: "eyeball" it or have light shining up from below (back-lighting) the cutter.
I suppose I could also create a make-shift guide that leads to the edge, so that I can align my photo perfectly with the cutter.

I'm still learning
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 6:28 PM   #6
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lol i thought this post was about a "Dremel" rotary TOOL.....lol
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 8:13 PM   #7
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lol i thought this post was about a "Dremel" rotary TOOL.....lol
lol! Now that would definitely be off topic! :lol: However, beings that you mentioned it...that is a fun tool and more "functional"- I might add.

I wouldn't suggest using it though on your photos. :lol:
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Old Apr 6, 2004, 8:31 PM   #8
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that is wat i thought too......i was like, " y the heck is he posting this here?!" lol
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