Paper Guillotines - Buyers' Guide
Simply speaking, a Paper Guillotine is used to cut large quantities of paper efficiently and consists of a base with a moving arm which cuts the paper. It sounds like a simple task, but purchasing a guillotine can affect the whole productivity of your organisation as choosing the incorrect machine could lead to members of staff not using their time effectively. Therefore at Ruffles, we have created a simple “how to purchase” guide with some useful advice. Our staff are incredibly knowledgeable with over 40 years of office experience, so if you have any more questions please do contact us on 01293 775248.
To start with, do you know the difference between a Trimmer and a Guillotine?
Generally trimmers can be used to cut smaller quantities of paper and are therefore quite easy to transport. On the other hand, guillotines are used to cut much larger quantities of paper using a manual or electronic moving arm which cuts the paper.
Trimmers and guillotines are both used to accurately and professionally cut printed material (paper, cards, photos etc.). The quality of paper cutting depends on the price you are willing to pay and generally speaking the higher the price, the longer the machine will last. Our sales team have selected only high quality Trimmers and Guillotines so that the machines remain functional after inevitable wear and tear.
If you think that a Trimmer might be more appropriate then please see our Trimmers Buyers Guide here
We have a Paper Guillotines Wizard (above) that will help you to select the correct paper guillotine for your requirements.
Here is some advice that you should read ahead of purchasing a guillotine.
What can you use a Guillotine for?
When is using a Paper Guillotine appropriate (as opposed to a Trimmer)?
What size of paper do you want to cut?
Our portfolio of Paper Guillotines will cut between A5 (and Photo) and A1 paper sizes. Please see below for the guide of paper size measurements:
What is your purpose for Guillotining
We have segmented our website so that you can search for Paper Guillotines by the situation in which you will use them
Automatic vs. Manual?
Everyone one of your employees cost a certain amount “per hour” to employ, therefore every hour that someone stands at a Guillotine has an “opportunity cost” attributed to it. The “opportunity cost” here is that every hour spent by an employee manually “cutting” could be spent on something more economical for the organisation. Manually cutting paper means the member of staff has to physically operate the machine to cut the paper, whereas an some machines will automatically cut paper if necessary. Whether you choose automatic or manual will be down to the requirements of your organisation (price, quality etc.).
Health and Safety
It is important to adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and we are here to help. These Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.
PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
For more information on health and safety, please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/puwer.htm.
Still Need Help Choosing?
With all of this information, using our Paper Guillotines Wizard should be easy, however if you need any more assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01293 775248 where our highly experienced staff can help you select the right machine.