I don’t use my paper cutter that often, so it’s not worth the upkeep. Unfortunately, we cannot agree with this statement. Proper care of a paper cutter is important not only for those who use their cutter regularly. Even casual hobbyists should give their paper cutters some basic maintenance. Thus, the machine will always remain ready for use and work reliably.
In this post, we explain how to properly care for your paper cutting machine.
What do I need to consider when maintaining it?
An important point in the maintenance is cleaning. Here, the knife or blade, the work surface and the feet of the paper cutter should be cleaned regularly. Dust and adhesive residues on the work surface literally interfere with clean work. In addition, these impurities can cause the knife to cut uncleanly. Rubber feet offer a worse grip when they are dirty.
Wipe off dust and paper residues
Dust and paper residues can be wiped off very easily with a dry soft cloth. This applies to both the worktable and the knife. For the rubber feet, you may need a damp cloth to remove the dust sufficiently well.
Remove adhesive residues correctly
With a little luck, adhesions can be rubbed off or peeled off with the fingers. If that is not possible, then you should try water. Many adhesives are water soluble and can be removed with a damp cloth. The combination of water and cloth is most compatible for most surfaces. A little washing-up liquid in the water usually dissolves the adhesive even better. However, you should be careful with scouring agents. These may remove the color markings.
If the adhesive is not water soluble, then alcohol or oil will help. Spritus, turpentine and acetone are suitable for loosening strong adhesions. However, you have to be a little careful, because alcohol and especially methylated spirits not only dissolve the adhesive, but possibly also the surface paint. That is why you should first test the resistance of the ink on the back of the paper cutter. Alcohol is not a problem on metal surfaces as long as they are completely cleaned afterwards.
A more gentle alternative is oil. This can be used to remove oil-soluble adhesives very well. Another advantage is that oil protects against corrosion.
Oil can be used not only to remove dirt. A significant advantage is the protection against corrosion. An oiled knife is protected from oxidation. This does not require a large amount of oil. A few drops on a cloth are already enough. The knife should not leave any oily marks on the cut paper. It is best to wipe the blade with a clean cloth after oiling.
You should not use cooking oil. Acid-free oil is more suitable.
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Screwed parts can become loose over time. They can be adjusted again with a screwdriver or an Allen key.
Mounting the blade
This may be the case, for example, when attaching the lever blade. If you think that the attachment is loose, then tighten it very carefully. If the screw is tightened too much, the blade can no longer be pulled down smoothly.
Sometimes the angle system of the paper cutter shifts. Or it is already delivered slightly delayed. The angle system can be readjusted in just a few simple steps. Then a straight cut will also be possible again.
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Lever cutting machine
Regrinding is usually only necessary for lever cutting machines. With these, it is important that the edge of the blade is straight and clean. This blade is really sharp, because the cut is made by pushing the blade close to the edge of the table. By the way, a pair of scissors works the same way.
If the blade of a lever cutting machine no longer cuts cleanly, then it should be sharpened by a professional. The right tool is usually not found in the home or office. In general, however, grinding is only required very rarely.
Rotary cutting machine
Many roller cutting machines regrind themselves. Therefore, regrinding is not necessary here. Roll cutters that do not have a self-sharpening blade, on the other hand, should not be resharpened yourself. This hardly succeeds or only so uncleanly that you will have no more fun with the winder. That’s why it makes more sense here to buy a new blade* and replace the old one. Replacement blades are usually available from all manufacturers.
The same applies to cutting machines. These use a cutting mandrel or a blade like a paperhanger knife. For these, replacement blades are also the simpler solution.
Replacement and repair
As mentioned above, somepaper cutters need to replace the knife. If the blade of a cutter is warped, then it is better to return it for repair.
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