Schneidemaschine für das Büro

Cutting machines for the office - work safely and cleanly

Many offices have them and often they are dusty in the corner. Instead of using the paper-cutting machine, most people prefer to cut with scissors. Maybe it's the ignorance of how to use a paper cutter. Besides, we can handle scissors since kindergarten - the power of habit wins once more. But honestly, how are your cuts with the pair of scissors really and how long do you need to cut a few sheets of paper properly?

And have you ever cut 500 sheets in one day by hand - of course with perfectly straight cuts and exact 90 ° angles? Once accidentally cut askew and the paper lands in the shredder. And you can start all over again - it takes time and nerves. Large paper stacks, thick cardboard or just a small photo - we'll show you how easy, precise and secure your paper can be cut with cutting machines.

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Why are cutting machines so practical?

Whether passionate hobbyist or professional graphic artist in an advertising agency - who works with paper, needs one very special: accuracy. Paper cutters allow precise implementation and are usually intuitive to use. 90 ° angles succeed exactly and in contrast to the scissors, the cuts really straight. If you need precise results or need to cut a lot of paper in one day, paper cutters are highly recommended. There are numerous designs for the hobby sector as well as for professional and commercial use.

Application of cutting machines

Depending on their particular application, cutting machines have many application locations:

  • offices
  • agencies
  • printers
  • studio
  • household
  • schools
  • kindergartens


Criteria for choosing the right cutting machine

Depending on which format, paper type or how many sheets you want to cut in one operation, you should consider a few things when choosing a suitable paper cutting machine:

  • Maximum possible cutting length
  • Maximum number of sheets per operation (or maximum cutting height)
  • Maximum possible format size (often specified in DIN A format)
  • Clean and precise cutting through sharp blades (possibly decorative cuts)
  • Angle system to accurately align the material
  • The type of pressure that ensures that the paper does not slip
  • Necessary and useful measuring scales (DIN-A-forms, rulers, angle grids, laser light)
  • Back stop, which prevents individual sheets from slipping (adjustable) • Safety precautions (eg press rests with integrated finger guard, knife guard, automatic safety)
  • Stable stand
  • Processing and material of the paper cutting machine
  • Table size (in general, the larger the cutting table, the larger the paper can be)















Hint: Best you always have a spare blade ready. It can always happen for any reason that a blade breaks off and so you can cut straight away.

Paper cutter in the office - safety first

In addition to cutting machines and scissors, there are a few other cutting devices with which you can cut small paper sizes: Cutter, scalpels and cutting rulers. However, if you are using these devices, you should definitely use a cutting mat to protect your table from unwanted cuts - and get in trouble with your boss.

If you cut yourself in the office with a pair of scissors or a cutter, that is unpleasant, but the wound is usually not big - some pity of the colleagues, plaster on it and ready. The situation is different when your finger gets under the knife of a paper cutter. There are staple cutters that can effortlessly cut hundreds of sheets in a single pass. What happens when a finger intervenes, nobody wants to experience. So, if you buy new office equipment in the office, you should be sure to pay attention to safety and alert your supervisor if necessary to safety issues.

That is in the interest of all concerned. For a high degree of safety, a commercial cutting machine with safety automatic is not absolutely necessary. Already a knife guard, a pressure ruler with integrated finger guard or a circular blade in a closed plastic head are enough, so you do not hurt yourself when cutting. Non-slip cutting machines or cutting mats also provide more cutting protection at the workplace.

5 jobs where a cutting machine is essential

We'll show you a few professions that rely on cutting machines.

1. Office workers

In almost every office, it sometimes happens that paper has to be cut. Just cut off a white edge here, just cut out a picture neatly - with cutting machines, the work is done quickly and neatly. So office workers quickly have time for the really important things. v

2. The graphic artist

It is part of the daily business of a graphic designer to develop posters and flyers. When pruning high precision is required - after all, it should all look neat. For precise longer cuts, a paper cutter is important.

3. The teacher

Posters, Bastelpappen and worksheets - teachers work every day with a large amount of paper. And not always, the paper is already the right size. There is only one thing that helps: What does not fit, is made suitable! Of course, if you have to cut paper for an entire school class, that's the quickest way to do it with a cutting machine.

4. Employees in craft shops

Employees in craft shops will know it: A customer is at the cash register and would like to buy half of the craft boxes. Thanks to cutting machines, the request can be fulfilled without any problems. For the other half, there is certainly someone else.

5. Employees in printing companies and publishers

Where do more papers have to be cut than in printers or publishers? Probably nowhere. Logically, that cutting machines are indispensable there.

Comparison of cutting machines from DAHLE

With the cutting machines from DAHLE you can work precisely and safely. In addition, you will find the right model for every application. So that you can decide for a suitable paper cutter, we present you the different versions:

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1. Lever cutting machines

In a lever cutting machine, the paper is cut according to the guillotine principle by folding down the knife or squeezed between the lower and upper blades. The large blade allows you to cut thicker and harder materials without much effort - and this is usually not necessary for hobby applications, but it can happen. Decorative cuts are not possible with levers. Pruners are therefore a good choice in areas where you often have to cut paper: in schools, workshops, offices, agencies and studios. DAHLE guillotines are suitable for hobbymas to commercial use and you can cut paper up to DIN A2. Depending on the model, a knife guard, a pressure ruler with integrated finger guard or an automatic safety device guarantee that you can work safely with the cutting machine.

2. Roll and cut cutting machines

The function of a slitter is comparable to a pizza cutter. A round, sharp blade rolls over the paper and cuts the paper apart. In the case of the cutter, the blade resembles a paper knife, which is passed over the paper. In both versions, the blade glides over the paper, so you can work pleasantly and easily. Roll and cut trimmers are particularly suitable for thin paper, cardboard, cartons, photos and foils - perfect for crafting. With roll and cut cutting machines, you can produce exact, burr-free and large-format cuts.

In addition to straight cuts, a cutting head for decorative cuts also allows you to create creative cuts:


  • wave cut
  • deckle cut
  • perforation
  • Fold
  • Zigzag
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Roll and cut cutters are particularly well suited for advertising and graphic studios, in kindergartens, schools and in the household sector. With roll and cut cutters from DAHLE you can cut paper up to DIN A0. You can also use them in the hobby and professional area. The circular blade in the closed ball head you can safely work with the cutting devices. A little tip for a colorful workplace: The cutting machines from the COLOR ID series are a real eye-catcher on every desk. With the handy roll and cut cutting machine you can cut paper up to DIN A4. If a straight cut is not enough for you, you can add three cutting heads for decorative cuts to the cutting unit. There are scissors and punches to match the color, so that nothing stands in the way of a creative workday.


3. Stack cutting machines

Batch cutters are most commonly used in print shops or graphic studios. Stack cutters are very sturdy and can weigh more than 50 kilograms. With DAHLE's commercial pile cutting machines, you can easily cut millimeter-size paper from 800 sheets to DIN A3.


4. Atelier cutting machines

Studio cutting machines are lever cutters with a particularly long blade. Especially in craft shops, printing houses and studios they are used. With DAHLE's commercial studio cutting machines, you can easily cut paper up to DIN A1.

Cutting machines are suitable for versatile use

Due to the different cutting techniques and equipment variants, cutting machines are suitable for versatile use in the office, in agencies, in the publishing house as well as in the hobby area.