The Lever Cutter – the Lever Cutter

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Lever cutting machines / lever cutters based on the guillotine principle of the drop axe guillotine

Lever cutter – The most important facts at a glance

  • Lever cutters are used to cut the paper with a long blade. This is similar to the concept of a guillotine.
  • Lever cutters are particularly well suited for long cuts. In addition, thicker materials and stacks can be cut easily.
  • Lever cutters are typically found in the office or in the teacher’s lounge.
  • Advantages:
    greater cutting heights than slitting reel machines
    Ideal for office work
    Sturdy blades
  • Disadvantages:
    long cutting lengths only possible with long blades. Thus, these cutting machines are quite expensive
    no decorative cuts are possible
  • Popular inexpensive lever slicers are the Dahle 502, Zoomyo and Genie GH40. In the mid-price segment, our bestsellers include theIdeal 1133 and Dahle 533. The Dahle 561 is very popular with professionals.

In this article we would like to introduce you to the technology and characteristics of the lever cutter* – the lever cutting machine.

In our article Basic knowledge on paper cutting machines we have described the features and technical functions that are identical for the various types of paper cutting machines. We recommend this introductory article if you are not yet familiar with lever cutting machines and are interested in the following information:

  • precise and clean cutting
  • Cutting length
  • Cutting height and thickness of the paper
  • different format sizes
  • Number of sheets per operation
  • (adjustable) end stop
  • Automatic pressing
  • Angle plant(s)
  • helpful measuring scales (DIN formats, angles, rulers and auxiliary grids)
  • The stable stand of the lever cutting machine

Based on the technical characteristics of the lever cutting machine and our evaluation and decision criteria, we have identified the advantages and disadvantages of the lever cutter to help you choose a suitable cutting machine.

Our recommendations

No time or interest in detailed research, reading and browsing? We have created a small overview with recommendable lever cutting machines.

Dahle 533 Schneidemaschine (Bis DIN A4, 15 Blatt Schneidleistung) blau*
Dahle 502 Papierschneider (Bis DIN A4, 8 Blatt Schneidleistung) blau*
Profi
Dahle 561 Papierschneider mit Sicherheitsautomatik (Bis DIN A4, 35 Blatt Schneidleistung), 265 x 440...*
Hobby
Fiskars Hebelschneidemaschine, Papierschneidemaschine A5, Mit Fingerschutz, 1003922*
Genie GH 40 Papier-Hebelschneidegerät (geeignet für Formate bis zu DIN A4; 6 Blatt; hochwertige...*
Dahle 533
Dahle 502
Dahle 561
FisKars Hebelschneidemaschine
Genie GH40
Bewertung
(4.4)
(3.5)
(4.5)
in Arbeit
(2.8)
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
in Arbeit
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A4
A4
A4
A5
A4
Schnittlänge
340 mm
320 mm
360 mm
220 mm
310 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
1,5 mm / 15 Blatt
0,8 mm / 8 Blatt
3,5 mm / 35 Blatt
keine Angaben
0,6 mm / 6 Blatt
Dahle 533 Schneidemaschine (Bis DIN A4, 15 Blatt Schneidleistung) blau*
Dahle 533
Bewertung
(4.4)
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
Preis*
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A4
Schnittlänge
340 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
1,5 mm / 15 Blatt
Dahle 502 Papierschneider (Bis DIN A4, 8 Blatt Schneidleistung) blau*
Dahle 502
Bewertung
(3.5)
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
Preis*
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A4
Schnittlänge
320 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
0,8 mm / 8 Blatt
Profi
Dahle 561 Papierschneider mit Sicherheitsautomatik (Bis DIN A4, 35 Blatt Schneidleistung), 265 x 440...*
Dahle 561
Bewertung
(4.5)
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
Preis*
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A4
Schnittlänge
360 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
3,5 mm / 35 Blatt
Hobby
Fiskars Hebelschneidemaschine, Papierschneidemaschine A5, Mit Fingerschutz, 1003922*
FisKars Hebelschneidemaschine
Bewertung
in Arbeit
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
in Arbeit
Preis*
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A5
Schnittlänge
220 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
keine Angaben
Genie GH 40 Papier-Hebelschneidegerät (geeignet für Formate bis zu DIN A4; 6 Blatt; hochwertige...*
Genie GH40
Bewertung
(2.8)
Unser Test / Unsere Produktvorstellung
Preis*
-
Die wichtigsten Infos
max. Format DIN A
A4
Schnittlänge
310 mm
Schnitthöhe / Blatt (80g/qm)
0,6 mm / 6 Blatt

Structure and function of the lever cutting machine

Lever cutting machines / lever cutters based on the guillotine principle of the fall axe guillotine
Lever cutting machines / lever cutters based on the guillotine principle

The principle, the mechanism of the lever cutting machine corresponds to the structure of a hatchet also called guillotine. The cutting starts on one side of the material and the deeper the knife is pressed and lowers, the wider the cut and the larger the cut. In the process, the upper knife and thelower knife of the lever cutter move past each other. The principle corresponds to cutting with scissors. Here, the blade is not particularly sharp, but rather the edge of the knife. The material is separated by squeezing it between the two blades. Due to this principle, lever cutting machines, with suitable blades, are also suitable for thicker materials.

A cut with a lever cutter is performed according to this guillotine principle, but the upper blade is pivotally attached to a cutting table on one side via a bearing. The lever movement pushes the knife of the lever cutting machine through the material. Larger lever cutters have a spring on the attachment to keep the blade precisely on the table. A handle is mounted on the other side of the lever cutter blade to allow the blade to be moved. The stable design allows, in addition to paper, the cutting of harder materials.

Lever cutters – Blades

Lever cutting machine / lever cutter angle not steady
Lever cutting machine / lever cutter angle not steady

The blade of a lever cutting machine is often curved. Why is that? As mentioned, the guillotine principle cuts in one direction along the blade of the lever cutter.

I.e. the point of intersection moves away from the bearing of the blade (lever pivot point). This changes two essential parameters during cutting. The lever and the cutting angle. Changing these parameters also changes the cutting properties. Most people will recognize this effect from normal scissors.

Note: In contrast, the lever and cutting angle are always the same for roller cutters.

Lever Cutting Machines / Lever Cutter Curved Blades
Lever Cutting Machines / Lever Cutter Curved Blades

To minimize this effect, lever cutters possess rounded blades. The pressure of the cutting edge against the material increases the further it is cut. A pressure spring is also used to support this.

Best Seller Lever Cutting Machines

Features Lever Cutting Machines

The main feature of a lever-operated cutter is the low level of force required. With a robust design of this type of paper cutter and with the right material blade, very thick (up to 8cm!) cutting heights can be achieved. Of course, these are professional lever cutters. In addition, lever cutting machines also possess very high precision when well designed, and yet are easy to use. For ease of use, some machines have a cutting indicator (laser or mechanical) that makes it easier to set the desired cut. This is especially helpful if you do not want to cut at a 90° angle. The paper can be positioned in the machine so that the cut with the desired angle is visible in advance. However, this also works quite well with a lever cutting machine, even without a cutting indication.

Manual (hand or foot) or automatic pressing is used for fixing the paper.

The maximum cutting length of lever cutters is slightly shorter than that of roller cutters. It reaches about 110cm.

Typically, lever cutters are found in the professional sector. In offices, workshops and art studios, but also schools (e.g. for paper stacks) this type of lever cutter is preferred. However, the smaller compact devices are quite suitable for the home user. The cutting length here is up to 110 cm and the cutting height up to eight cm.

Safety Lever Cutting Machines

Due to the guillotine function of the lever cutter and the inherently open blade, the lever cutter has a higher risk of injury than the rotary cutter. Through various protective mechanisms, usually in larger and more robust lever cutting machines, either the blade and/or the cutting area are shielded in such a way that there is no risk of injury. Of course, these protective mechanisms mean additional effort and are reflected in the price.

In general, when buying a lever cutter, you should make sure that it has a GS or TÜV seal.

Maintenance & spare / additional parts

Spare parts can usually be subsequently ordered in the case of good lever cutting machines. In particular, this applies to the blade. When buying, make sure that the blade can be resharpened or replaced at a reasonable price. For occasional home and hobby use, replacement is rarely necessary.

Depending on the thickness and hardness of the material, different blades can be purchased for some lever cutting machines or are included in the scope of delivery. Some paper cutting machines have a screwed stop, which enables precise positioning. https://www.schneidemaschine-kaufen.de/wp-admin/post.php?post=38&action=edit#

Advantages of lever cutters / lever cutting machines

In summary, the lever cutting machines / lever cutters offers the following advantages:

  • Little force required
  • Large cutting height
  • Also suitable for harder and thicker materials
  • Thin materials can also be cut
  • Straight angles can be cut very easily
  • Long cutting possible without resharpening

Lever cutting machines and their cutting height

HebelschneiderSchnitt-höheBlatt-anzahlca. Preis*DINMehr Infos
Olympia Vario Duplex 4000 0,5mm516,99€A4Ansehen*
Peach PC100-180,6mm619,89€A4Ansehen*
Dahle 5020,8mm826,85€A4Ansehen*
Yahee3651,2mm1213,99€A4Ansehen*
IDEAL 113300001,5mm1563,28€A4Ansehen*
Rexel ClasicCut CL1001,5mm1579,49€A4Ansehen*
Dahle 533 1,5mm1565,9€A4Ansehen*
Olympia G 44151,5mm1577,99€A3Ansehen*
IDEAL 114200001,5mm1583,44€A3Ansehen*
Genie GA-421mm1021,9€A4Ansehen*
Zoomyo ProCut 2.11mm1024,9€A4Ansehen*
Peach Hebelschneider - PC300-011mm1029,94€A4Ansehen*
Olympia G 33101mm1023,99€A4Ansehen*
Dahle 5613,5mm35157,57€A4Ansehen*
Dahle 8673,5mm35317,84€A3Ansehen*
Maped HebelSchneidemaschine Expert4mm40€114,25A4Ansehen*
Hebelschneidemaschine - Schnitthöhe vs. Preis

Disadvantages Lever cutter / lever cutting machine

In summary, a lever cutting machine / lever cutter may have the following disadvantages:

  • Protective devices are necessary to achieve a high level of safety. This is reflected in the price.
  • Solid design (in terms of precision and the blade’s quality) quickly becomes more costly
  • Large cutting lengths are complicated and therefore more expensive
  • Typically no self resharpening of the blade, which is why intensive use requires manual resharpening or a replacement of the blade

Lever cutter conclusion

For those who need continuous straight and accurate cuts at 90° or at different angles, the lever cutting machine is exactly what you need. That is why the lever cutter is more likely to be found in offices, agencies and studios compared to rotary cutters. Here, smaller and more detailed work on the lever cutter is less common than the cutting of larger formats. But lever cutting machine are also quite useful in the private sector. Though these are somewhat more expensive to purchase compared to slitter rewinders, they also offer corresponding advantages as discussed. If thicker cuts are needed more often, the lever trimmer is definitely a good choice.

You should pay attention to the quality of the lever cutter in any case so that you get the expected results in order to have fun with the lever cutter for a long time.

In our comparison between the roller cutter and the lever cutter, we again explicitly compare the types. We put the top products against each other in our product comparison.

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