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  • I am looking for a trimmer that will cut paper 1/4" or 1//8 " wide...I do paper quilling and wondered if will this trimmer do that ?
    Carol-Lynn   By: Carol-Lynn (22-Jun-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I just ordered this guillotine (my first guillotine) and I am totally sold on the product because of the reviews however I was wondering if it is possible to use it on 52pt chipboard or let’s say the limit of chipboard thickness? Thank you so much for the help!   By: evangelina.nave (13-Jun-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • With our in-house testing, we have found that the maximum thickness that cuts effectively is 3 sheets of 90 lb card stock. Any thicker, the cut is not good. Our recommendation is that you use a rotary trimmer to cut thick chipboard. By: Tonic Studios (15-Jun-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I'm not sure how thick 52pt chipboard is but this trimmer is designed to cut various thicknesses of cardstock. I've cut up to 120 lb paper just fine but haven't tried any ticker - I don't imagine this trimmer could handle anything too thick. You'd have to try, just don't force the blade! By: BananaAnna2008 (14-Jun-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • How many sheets of 80 or 100 or 110 lb. card stock will it cut with one pass?   By: maryluddite78 (11-Apr-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I tested my Tim Holtz-12.25 inch Maxi Guillotine Trimmer for you. I tried my test on 110 pd. card stock. I cut 6 out with no trouble. Tim said in his u-tube a couple of sheets. Tim is correct when he said a couple of sheets, because it cut like butter with 1 or 2. I had to use a little more mussel to bring the blade threw all 6.
      The cutter is not as beefy as the one I replaced with this trimmer. I thought it might be as strong, thinking they probably are pretty much the same. I was wrong, this is more light weight.
      What caught my eye on this one was because its narrow. My space in my craft room is so limited that I liked that it doesn't take up space like the big ones. It has a arm that will pull out if you need it for a 12 by 12 sheet of paper, but than you can push it right back in. I would not call this a commercial grade cutter, so if that's what your looking for than this wouldn't do, craft at home than this is for you! Hope I helped in your finding the right cutter for your projects! By: hoag (16-Apr-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I am contemplating between this 12.25" trimmer and the Tonic 12" wide-based trimmer. Is having a narrow base uncomfortable while cutting 12" papers with the paper slumping down?

    https://www.tonic-studios.com/products/craft-guillotine-12-maxi-wide-base-454-157e?_pos=4&_sid=902b143cd&_ss=r   By: preethigudivada (01-Apr-21) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello Preethigudivada,

      This really comes down to how you use your trimmer and space. On how you use it, if you paper craft outside of your home, then you might want the Tim Holtz 1980e. This is much more portable than the 12x12 trimmer. The other advantage to this is space. If you have limited storage and work space this is certainly the trimmer for you. Regarding the "paper slumping", this trimmer does come with a measurement extension to measure out a full 12", however the paper will slump a bit. The spring-loaded clear plastic finger bar does hold your paper in place when cutting as well as protects your fingers.

      On the 157e 12x12 trimmer, it has the same blade and spring loaded bar but has a full 12x12 base that allows you to lay all your papers out flat making it a bit easier to cut all papers over 6" wide. I know many crafters have both trimmers and are pleased that they have them. I would say that the real advantage of this trimmer is if you are doing a lot of cutting. Lets say you are making Christmas Cards and are cutting a bunch of 8.5x11 paper in half, having the larger cutting bed makes it easier to put your paper in to cut receptively.

      I hope this help you. By: Tonic Studios (02-Apr-21) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • That was clear and you answered all my questions. Thank you! By: preethigudivada (03-Apr-21) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • sometimes I get fuzzy edges... sometimes perfectly clean edges... even with the same sheet of cardstock... what am i doing wrong/different?   By: Dawn MD (24-Oct-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello Dawn MD,

      There are three things you need to do to get a clean cut every time.
      1. It is VERY important that once you have inserted the paper, YOU MUST hold the paper in place with the clear guard.
      2. When pulling the blade handle down, you must pull it "straight down" as if you were pushing this down this handle.
      3. Pull the blade down at a consistent speed. DO NOT GO REALLY SLOW.

      If you are cutting cardstock, do not do over 2 pieces at a time. By: Tonic Studios (26-Oct-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I have this Tim Holtz cutter. It is supposed to be self sharpening but is not. How can I sharpen it?   By: twin1 (07-Feb-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello Twin1,
      This is NOT a self sharpening blade. Unlike traditional office product guillotine trimmers which have a sharp knife edge that you can sharpen, the Tonic trimmer never needs sharpening because it shears the paper. This Tonic trimmer is designed to cut 2-3 sheet maximum depending on the paper weight. To get an accurate cut, the user must slide the paper under the clear finger guard and push this guard down while cutting. This insures that the paper does not move while pulling the cutting arm down. By: Tonic Studios (07-Feb-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is there a trimmer at Scrapbook.com that will cut chipboard?   By: jshinkle21 (04-Jan-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I don’t know of any. Some have successfully cut through this chipboard with the Tonic guillotine. I have a 12” one from staples you generally see in schools. Have never really tried. By: fougeram (07-Jan-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Will it measure at 1/16th of an inch?? And I assume the 6 inch is at edge of base but where does 6-1/8 cut at?   By: Rosemarie R (27-Sep-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • It does measure in 1/16th increments—don’t see any 6” measurements. By: EvelynC (01-Oct-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Hi,
    I need to remove the finger guard on my 8.5 guillotine trimmer to clean it (got double-sided tape stuck there). The guard doesn't want to come off and I don't want to force it in fear of breaking it. What is the correct way to remove it?   By: JvV (30-Apr-21) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hi JvV,
      This is really easy. Push down on the finger guard to hold it down while twisting the chrome cap nuts to take them off. Once the nuts are remove, the guard will lift right off. To put it on, do the same thing in reverse. NOTE: To clean the adhesive off, DO NOT use anything with acetone in it as it will melt the plastic and make it foggy so you cannot see through it. Goo Gone has a CITRUS adhesive remover that is safe to use and it has NO ACETONE. By: Tonic Studios (03-May-21) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Are the measurements accurate ? I ask because of the photo.
    The middle ruler lines up with the grooves on the base. But if you follow any of the grooves up they don't line up with the top ruler measurements.
    Because our postal service is so bad right now I don't want to go thru the hassle of trying to return it if I'm not able to get an accurate measurement.
    Thanks 😊   By: carolynjayne (16-Mar-21) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello Carolynjayne,
      All three rulers have METRIC on the top half and INCHES under it on the bottom half ALL INCHES marks line up with the graph. The ruler at the top of the trimmer is raised above the cutting surface so if you look at it from the side, it appears not to line up. Look straight down and you can see that it does line up. By: Tonic Studios (16-Mar-21) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • Hello Carolynjayne,
      I am going to assume you are wanting to measure in inches, not metric. The reason I say this is the ruler in the center also has METRIC measurements on the top half of the ruler. My guess is that you are looking at the top half of the ruler which is metric. The bottom half is in INCHES. The INCHES lines do line up with the grid. I hope that this addresses your issue. If not, please call us at (209) 253-0596. By: Tonic Studios (16-Mar-21) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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    Hi, when will this product be back in stock?   By: User (07-Apr-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello,
      This product has been delayed like all shipments coming from China because of the virus. The schedule continues to change from day to day, so no date is available yet. However, if you want a guillotine trimmer, Tonic has item 454 which is a full size version (12x12) that is the same blade etc..., just a larger platform. By: Tonic Studios (09-Apr-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    Where do I find replacement blades for this item?   By: User (11-Jun-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Will this cut through chipboard?   By: Ling1323 (22-Mar-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Will this item be in anytime soon? :)   By: leateach (19-Mar-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • When will this item be available?   By: cherylhewak (15-Feb-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello Chery,
      This item arrives in the Tonic warehouse approximately March 8th. S.com should have it by the following week.
      Thank you,
      Gary By: Tonic Studios (16-Feb-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is this a self-sharpening blade? Or is some sort or replacement or maintenance required?   By: amyskreations (22-Jan-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hi Amy,
      This trimmer actually "shears" the paper. The metal on the handle is not sharp like a traditional paper trimmer. So if you were to grab the cutting arm, you will not cut yourself. This is especially good if you have children in your house as it is much safer. This trimmer cuts clean and straight. It will cut two of 80 lb card stock sheets at a time. If you have any additional questions, please call 844-866-4287. By: Tonic Studios (30-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • From what Tim Holtz said (either in his Creativaton Tonic Sneak preview or at Creativation 2018) it's similar-self sharpening., I think he meant that he's used his a LOT and hasn't had to replace the blade.
      Hope this helps. By: kahobel (29-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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