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The Paper Guillotine: What You Want To Know

By Carrie-Anne Cleworth

The paper guillotine is a machine used to effect clean, accurate cuts on sheets of paper. Using a paper guillotine requires very little skill but any person handling it is best advised to undergo proper training before they are considered competent enough to use it unsupervised. That way, the paper guillotine will provide better service while ensuring the safety of the person operating it.

You want to make sure that you are paying special attention to the machine knives, or the guillotine blades because that is going to be the key for how well the machine operates. You will want to make sure that you are practicing and that you are always following proper utilization of the paper guillotines.

First, you must never use a paper guillotine that has loosely fitted parts. Ensure that all parts of the machine are tightly screwed in and that the guillotine is well lubricated at all times. The Guillotine Blades must be sharp and well fixed in position. Even though paper is a much lighter material than metal, the paper guillotine also experiences similar pressure to that experienced by the plate guillotine. This is more so if the paper guillotine is used to cut thick reams of paper.

In addition, the paper guillotine experiences continuous jerks when in use. Eventually, even the most firm joints can start to come a little loose. Having a routine of tightening the key joints of the guillotine every day before it is used is a great way to avoid accidents that would otherwise occur.

You will have a safer work environment for yourself and for everyone around you. The paper guillotine and the guillotine blades can be used before they are going to need sharpening and a lot of major service.

When it is time to have the guillotine as well as the machine knives serviced and sharpened you must only deal with professionals with a proven track record of excellent service. Another way of ensuring the Guillotine Blades serve you longer is to enclose the blades in a blade cover or blade holder any time the paper guillotine is not in use. If you do not have blade covers as part of the paper guillotine set you can always separately purchase the covers from a machine shop.

Remember, it is always important to make sure that you are using extreme caution when you are using guillotine blades. They are extremely dangerous and will cause someone a lot of harm if they are not handled properly. You do not have to simply worry about your safety, but you will want to watch for those around you as well. You also want to label the blades ‘sharp object’ or have the blades engraved with that.

It is important to make sure that you are using the right type of paper guillotine blade for each environment that you find yourself in. Make sure that the blade that is the best fit for the paper guillotine is the one you buy and this will ensure that you are safe and that it lasts longer.

Carrie-Anne Cleworth is Manager of W Fearnehough, Machine Knives and Blades Manufacturer situated in the East Rand, South Africa, specializing in Paper Guillotine blades. To get more information, click on Paper Guillotine Blades

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Cleworth, Carrie-Anne "The Paper Guillotine: What You Want To Know." The Paper Guillotine: What You Want To Know. 8 Jul. 2010. 6 Oct 2014 <>.

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