I have never felt that my fiskars cut completely straight. I want to get a new one. Any suggestions? I have never used anything other then a straight blade so any info on the other blades available would be appreciated.
I LOVE my 12" Carl RT-200 rotary trimmer that I got from Staples 2.5 yrs ago. I still haven't even replaced the blade once! It was a little expensive (for me anyway) back then but I'm very happy with my purchase
I have both of these Fiskars trimmers pictured above. Plus a smaller Fiskars trimmer and one from PC as well. The big one with the LED light I got on BF, my sweetheart decided I really needed a better trimmer when I was getting my business up and running. I LOVE it! And in fact just thanked him yesterday again for encouraging me to get it. This was my first time to really use a rotary cutter, and I haven't really noticed a difference. I still have the 3 smaller ones and will use one of them when I venture out to a crop, because the one with the LED light is really not portable.
I have the Making Memories rotary blade trimmer and I absolutely love it. It cuts through paper like butter, and it also comes with a magnetic ruler to help keep your paper in place.
Santa put a Cutterpede trimmer in my stocking along with some of the decorative blades, and I used it for the first time this weekend and love that one as well. I think I will be taking this one with me to crops since it is much lighter and than the Making Memories trimmer.
I'm glad you asked this question. I too think I need a better cutter.I have the Fiskar that you have. I don't always cut straight. They have a new one with a "cut" line. I was thinking about trying it. I actually purchased the Making Memories two piece cutter and took it back. It was too large for my space. Maybe I should have kept it. We had Large guillotine cutters at school. The paper always slipped. So I'm staying away from them. But then, the one at school probably needed sharpening. I also have a Fiskar purple rotary cutter and don't like it.I bought it because it had two plates with cutting lines. As you can see I'm in a quandary too.I hope we get more input.
I have two of them. I started with the Making Memories trimmer but it's a little bulky to take out and about...however, it works great. I also have a Fiskars cutter which I LOVE...it just seems easier to use...less cumbersome. Part of my problem may be that I need a bigger work space. Either way both of them work well.
I have everything listed so far and they all start cutting crooked after a while. I need a new one but don't want to pay the price for what I want. I guess a new Making Memories it's held up the best and cut straight the longest.
I have used a few now. I had a Fiskars and managed to get straight cuts out of it for quite a while before it started doing "wonky" cuts. I got a CM version and liked that too for a while but then the blades seemed to dull very fast, and it requires contact with a consultant to replace those blades. I finally listened to the reviews and got the Making Memories one on sale. I see now though that they also have it in pink. I have to say that it has been quite good at cutting a straight line and the blade self sharpens (so far very nicely) but it is a bit heavier and bulkier and of course you can't just start your cut anywhere on the page since it is a rotary style. I miss that last feature quite a bit having used the swing arm style for so long before getting it. Also, I do find that it much more difficult to put thinner strips of scrap paper into it because it has a rather wide (in comparison) guard piece. However it does a good job of cutting quite thin lines of paper from a sheet.
Please contact Fiskars' customer service before you give up on them! They have the best customer service. I had a trimmer that started cutting crooked and they sent me a replacement part that made all the difference. I currently use and LOVE these:
I went through a couple of Fiskars ones that never cut straight. A couple of years ago I picked up a Cricut trimmer for $10 and it gets the job done much better than the Fiskars ones did. I have always wanted to "nice" trimmer though
It's funny that I found this thread. I've been trying to decide for a week whether to keep the Carl RT-200 my daughter gave me for Christmas. It really cuts like butter and would be great for someone that makes cards. The problem is that the base is only 9" wide, and there are no markings for 1". That makes it hard to cut 1" off a 12" piece of paper.
I had heard of the Dahle rotary trimmers, so I started reading reviews and watching videos. I bit the bullet and bought the Dahle 550 Rotary Trimmer last night. It was very expensive ($125), but has a self-sharpening blade, and hopefully will last me for years. At that price, I sure hope so!
I have the fiskars 9" and like it then also have the purple cows one and it doesn't cut straight. If you line up the paper with the bottom edge it's a hair off 90 degrees and if you use the grid section it's off the other direction. I like the rotary part of it though and the ability to use different blades. I use that part of it quite often.