Test: Fiskars Personal SureCut (30cm) paper cutter

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We tested the Fiskars Surecut 30cm

We enjoy crafting! You too? With the Fiskars Personal Surecut, we have tested a paper cutter designed for those who like to be creative. In this article, we summarize our test results and impressions. Among other things, you will learn for whom this paper cutting machine is particularly suitable. In addition, we will introduce you to the specifics of this cutting machine in detail.

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The Fiskars Personal Surecut – The most important test results at a glance

  • Cutting length: DIN A4 / 300mm
  • Cutting height: 0.5mm / 5 sheets (80 g/m²)
  • For whom is the paper cutting machine recommended? The Fiskars Personal Surecut paper cutter is the handyman’s best friend. Ideal for cutting paper and photos to a precise fit.
  • What we like: The format indications on both sides of the cutting bar help with accurate cutting. The thin wires of the cutting bar are an excellent marking for cutting.
  • What we don’t like: The format indications on the fold-out swivel arm were glued sloppily. In our opinion, a folding blade also belongs to the standard equipment.
  • Interesting alternatives: For hobbyists the Dahle 505 or the Dahle 507. For all those looking for a flexible machine – the Zoomyo. We also recommend the Dahle 508 and the Dahle 552 for cutting lengths up to A3.

This practical paper cutting machine is one of the most popular crafting tools. With the Fiskars Personal Surecut paper cutter you can easily and skillfully cut greeting cards, photo blanks and wedding cards to the desired size.

The Fiskars Personal SureCut family offers the Surecut device in six variants: Large Personal Surecut, Surecut Plus, portable Surecut A4 and A5 and the environmentally friendly recycled models Recycled A4 SureCut and Recycled A5 SureCut.

The most important key data of the different Surecut models:

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  • Max. Format lengthwise: DIN A4
  • Max. Horizontal format: DIN A3
  • Extended measuring surface with swivel arm: 370mm
  • Cutting length: 300mm
  • Cutting height: max 5 blades
  • Working surface width: 15 cm
  • Plastic cutting bar
Fiskars Große Papierschneidemaschine, A4, Mit Schnittlinienführung, Inklusive Falzklinge & Schneideklinge, SureCut Plus, 1020504
  • Max. Format lengthwise: DIN A4
  • Max. Horizontal format: DIN A3
  • Extended measuring surface with swivel arm: 370mm
  • Cutting length: 300mm
  • Cutting height: max 5 blades
  • Working surface width: 15 cm
  • Aluminum cutting bar
Fiskars Tragbare Papierschneidemaschine, A4, Mit Schnittlinienführung, 1003916
  • Max. Format lengthwise: DIN A4
  • Max. Horizontal format: DIN A3
  • Extended measuring surface with swivel arm: 310mm
  • Cutting length: 300mm
  • Cutting height: max. 5 sheets
  • Plastic cutting bar
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The different models differ mainly in size and format markings. Since the large Surecut version is the most popular, we decided to test that one out.

The structure of the Fiskars Personal Surecut

The main components of the paper cutting machine:

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The Fiskars cutting machine is designed for hobbyists, which is why it has many small features.
Components of the Fiskars Personal Surecut
  1. Folding cutting bar
  2. Cutting head with mandrel blade
  3. Swivel arm
  4. Locking of the cutting bar
  5. Rubber feet
  6. Centimeter grid and format marking (DIN A5, A6 and A7)
  7. Folding blade

Manufacturer specifications & technical information

Format size

The large Fiskars Personal Surecut paper cutter 30cm is designed for the maximum format DIN A4. Thus, a sheet with a maximum length of 310mm (A) can be cut. In total, the cutting length is as much as 315mm, with the last five millimeters having no millimeter markings on the cutting bar.

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The dimensions of the Fiskars Personal Surecut

For those who want to cut even larger formats, the Fiskars cutting machine has an additional feature. With a fold-out swivel arm (B), you can measure out sheets with a maximum length of 39cm. This is slightly shorter than the length of an A3 sheet. Together with the narrow table side (C) on the right side of the cutting rail, an A3 sheet fits on the cutter completely.

Other popular machines for crafting or photo cutting in A4 format are theDahle 507, the Zoomyo or the Dahle 505. For cutting lengths up to A3 we recommend the Dahle 508 and the Dahle 552.

Work surface

The working surface is, at the widest point, 22cm (E) long. In the middle part of the table it is 21 cm (F). At the same time, 4.8 cm of the work surface are (C) on the right of the cutting rail and 16.2 or 17.2 cm (D) to the left of the knife. Convenient – this allows you to position and measure your cutting material on both sides of the knife. In addition, the work surface of the Fiskars Personal Surecut has three horizontal ruler markings. These are located at the top and bottom edges of the working surface and additionally in the center of the working surface. This makes it easy to measure even smaller cards and sheets of paper.
The centimeter markings are present on the ruler throughout up to 16 cm in width. On the right side of the cutting bar it is 3.9 cm. The total width of the centimeter grid is one centimeter narrower than that of the ruler in each case.
With the swivel arm extended, the total is 38.8cm ruler (B). This length is only interrupted by a 2 mm gap between the table and the swivel arm.

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Cutting depth

The Fiskars Personal Surecut is designed for stacks of up to five sheets. In our test, we were able to cut five sheets without any problems. However, the Fiskars does not have additional blades for cutting various decorative patterns.

We did not discover any deviations from the manufacturer’s specifications in our test.

Handling:

How easy and well is the paper cutter to work with?

Positioning & Measuring

This paper cutting machine is a handicraft machine. Cards, photos and construction paper are very good and easy to cut. The hinged cutting rail makes it easy to position the crafting pads. On both sides of the cutting bar, the centimeter grid and the ruler greatly simplify measuring.

The small gluing errors on the centimeter markings on the fold-out arm are a bit unattractive. However, this does not harm the precision.

The messy gluing on the swivel arm.
The somewhat messy gluing on the fold-out swivel arm

When folded out, the swivel arm does not rest on the base. Unfortunately, two millimeters are missing here, which is why it floats in the air and yields a bit under pressure. Overall, however, this hardly disturbs while working.

In addition, the cutting rail can be fixed with a slider. This is convenient for transportation.

For transport or storage, the rail is fixed.
For transport or storage, the rail is fixed in place

Blade & Cutting

The blade can be pulled cleanly through the paper without much effort. In this process, the mandrel blade of the cutting head is guided through or on a strand of small wires. This wire additionally serves as a practical cutting indication.

In addition to the normal cutting blade, the Fiskars paper cutting machine can be equipped with a folding blade. This is available separately in the larger variant. Both inserts can be inserted at the same time, but then the complete cutting length cannot be utilized. This should be taken into account when DIN A4 formats are to be cut and folded.

Cut and fold blade Fiskars Personal Surecut
When the cutting and folding blade are inserted at the same time, working over the complete length is not possible

The Surecut Plus variant may be the better alternative here. This should have enough space for both blades.

How much force is needed?

The amount of force required for cutting is comparable to other cutting machines.

Is it easy to insert paper?

Yes, the hinged cutting bar makes it very easy to load the paper.

The slightly corrugated sliding rail can be folded up easily.
The slightly curved cutting rail can be easily folded up.

Is it possible to work with only one hand?

The Fiskars Personal Surecut has four large rubber feet. That is why the paper cutter stands on the table without slipping. If the paper is a little smaller, it will slip when cutting with one hand because the pressure is not sufficient.

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Four rubber feet give the Fiskars Personal Surecut machine grip

Can the machine be easily modified?

The fold-out swivel arm can easily be extended and retracted. The swap between the normal blade and the folding blade is unusual. To do this, the guide rail must be pressed apart in the middle. In the following video we show how to change the blade. There are no other options for modification.

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Does the paper cutting machine provide sufficent safety?

The Fiskals Personal Surecut does not have a security certificate. When cutting, the blade is not accessible. When the cutting rail is unfolded, the small blade is exposed.

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How easy is the cut?

The Fiskars Personal Surecut is easy to work with. The guide wire and the centimeter grid help with measuring and cutting.

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The guide wire of the Fiskars machine

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How accurately can you work with the paper cutter?

The various format markings facilitate accurate cutting. If the cards are a little smaller, then the additional ruler in the middle of the table will help.
A back gauge is missing, but this is rarely necessary when tinkering. Through the guide wire you can see very precisely where you are cutting.

Are the angles and millimeter markings correct??

The millimeter markings are correct. We could not find any deviations on our test machine. The cutter does not have any angular markings.

Can narrow strips also be cut?

Very narrow strips of only one millimeter can also be cut. However, if the blank is already very narrow, then it can no longer be fixed below the rail.

Format variety / equipment

What size markings does the Fiskars Personal Surecut paper cutting machine have?

The centimeters and inches indications on the Fiskars Personal Surecut
The centimeters and inches indications on the Fiskars Personal Surecut

The Fiskars Surecut paper cutting machine has the following format markings:

Din A5 to DIN A7

Ruler and measuring scales in inches and centimeters

The following equipment and format markings are missing:

  • Angle specifications (15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 75°)
  • Business card and photo formats
  • Cutting heads with patterns
  • Carrier bag
  • Table fixtures
  • Wall suspension
  • Laser for cut interpretation
  • Adjustable backgauge

The Fiskars Personal Surecut does not come with any additional accessories. However, in addition to the folding blade, a titanium blade is also available separately. It is identical in construction to the normal blade, but is supposed to be more durable.

Price/Performance:

In our opinion, the price/performance ratio is very good. Perhaps the folding blade could have been standard equipment. For the Surecut Plus variant, the folding blade is already included in the scope of delivery at Amazon (as of 5.3.2018).

Conclusion FISKARS Personal Surecut paper cutter 30cm:

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This paper cutting machine is suitable for all those who want to do handicrafts. Especially cards can be cut very well. The Fiskars Personal Surecut is less suitable for frequent office work. Lever cutting machines are better for straight and long cuts. If you want to cut decorative patterns, you should take a look at the Dahle 507.

For all hobbyists: a clear recommendation from our side! Check price here!*

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