I have always loved rotary trimmers...they do a much better job then the little stationary blade style ones, and are much easier to line up than a guillotine style.
However, the portability has been a huge issue until recently. With all the new, portable rotary's coming out, I chose the cutterpede b/c I love the other products by this company. I have not been disappointed! I love the magnetic locking of the bar. I really like that when you push the shuttle all the way back it locks itself in place. There is a variety of optional blades...I really like the deckle for echoing a 'grass' type effect, and the kids that visit to scrap on occasion LOVE the blade options. The blades themselves are super easy to trade in and out, but lock in place well enough that they don't fall off.
The cutting mat does does wear out fairly quickly on each area, but you can flip it in four different directions, which makes its lifespan pretty substantial. Blades are inexpensive to replace, as are the channel mats.
Straight lines are a breeze.
Love this trimmer!
Highly recommended...have NO reason to complain about whatsoever, and will not switch trimmers anytime soon.
Used in this layout: Egg Hunt
I have the pink version of this cutter and I couldn't be happier. I have gone through so many cutters (think 4 Fiskers) and this one has stood up to my use. I like the bendy arm for cutting smaller pieces and I love that the blades are inter-changable so you can have different cuts or even score your paper. I haven't had to replace any of my blades yet and have yet to replace the cutting mat even though I bought a couple extra just in case - I use it A LOT. I also like that it has a magnet at the base to kee the blade arm attached to the cutter base when not in use or to keep your paper from moving. The only think that would make this better is if there was a little loop to go over the handle on the magnetic base to keep the blade arm down when packed or put away so it doesn't get damaged.
Used in this layout: The Very Thought of You
I know this is an inexpensive trimmer, but it works better than any other trimmer I have used. I have a Tonic tabletop, have tried most of the Fiskars and Purple Cow, and this Cutterpede is the one I always go back to time and again. It gives me the most accurate, crips cuts than any other trimmer I have tried. It is very light weight and portable.
I love that it has the swing out arm for cutting paper up to 15". I love that there are several types of blade attachments which are inexpensive and last forever. In 4 years, I think I've gone through 3 blades and just a few more mats. It really is fabulous. It's like my best friend-- the tool I use most in all of my paper crafts. It takes a lot of abuse, and works as well now as it did when I first bought it.
I'm so glad not to have wavy cuts any more!
1. It cuts straight every time. Make sure your paper is pushed up against the lip on the top of the cutter and that the magnet in the arm has clicked into place and you're all set.
2. The extendable ruler goes out to 15" and it has markings all the way to 15". Even my big fiskars only has markings out to 11 1/2 inches.
3. The clear arm allows you to see what you are cutting which is great for cropping photos.
4. The 3 1/2 inches (with markings from 1 5/8" to 3 1/2") to right of the blade comes in very handy.
My only complaints are that the the ruler is not well marked for the 1 5/8 inches just to the right of the blade and that replacement mats can be hard to find.... but they carry them here.
Used in this layout: Painted Daisies
I have been cutting with this trimmer for over 3 years and I really have found it to be the best one I've ever owned. I have to say I have never owned or used one of the "expensive" ones though. However, for the money, this trimmer has exceeded all my expectations. I am on my second one but only because I carelessly left my trimmer laying on the floor with the arm extended and then stepped on it causing the arm to break at the joint.
I have no problem cutting a straight line, I like that I can turn the mat 4 different ways thereby extending its life, that there are a number of different blade attachments (especially a scoring blade) and that all the replacement parts are very inexpensive. I would definitely recommend this trimmer to others.
Used in this layout: Things that really BUG me
When I first started scrapping, I always measured by drawing lines and then cutting with scissors. Seem Ancient!! Well, when I really got into scrapping, I bought one of these amazing cutters. The Cutterpede is so easy to use even for a lefty like me. It has an extendable ruler to help you measure that also folds to give you a perfect 6 inch cut. There are several different blades: cut, score, wave, perforator, etc... that are easilby slid on. The cutting mat is also easily replaced. Just pull it out and slide a new one in. I never thought cutting could be this easy. I love this one so much I have two!!!!
Used in this layout: Grow
Having recently jumped back into scrapping I decided that it was time to move up with the times and leave my ruler and scissors behind. I chose to purchase the Cutterpede trimmer based on the portability as well as my satisfaction with other EK Success products...and I am so happy that I did. I have the pink version of this cutter (yeah!) and I am amazed at just how much faster I complete layouts and cards. The 1/4 inch measuring grid on the base is wonderful for cutting small items and the 15 inch arm is great for larger ones. Haven't had a problem cutting straight with it yet!
Used in this layout: Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg page 2
Some trimmers donít cut a straight line because the material that the blade runs along is too flexibleÖbut NOT this one! Not only does it cut perfectly straight, but it even has a magnet to keep it down while you are cutting. Also unlike other trimmers, this one has a grid from top to bottom for easy measuring. In addition, a ruler swings out to measure a maximum of 15 inches wide, and can fold right back in. I have absolutely no complaints with this trimmer, and recommend it to scrapbookers of all skill levels!
Used in this image: Honeymoon Album - Sprawled Pages
For the longest time I was having problems cutting a straight edge with a portable trimmer. I picked up this trimmer in hopes that I would get a straight edge. Sure enough, it works! It makes awesome cuts, and the blade cuts through thick cardstock with no problem! I also love the magnetic closure on the bottom because it helps keep the paper in place. I also love the extended ruler with the "elbow". It helps when measuring scraps of paper! Overall, a totally handy product!
I love this cutter. It is very durable. I had my first one for two years and dropped it probubly a hundred times going to crop nights and then it broke. I replaced it shortly there after, And Im telling you, you do not know what you have till your without for a couple of weeks. Making measurements has never been easier, with its arm that folds for an easy six inch cut to the tiny 1/4 inch. Im sure you will love it.
Used in this layout: Honey we shrunk the kidz
I have tried other trimmers and for some reason I have always had a problem cutting a straight line. I can honestly say I have never had that problem with the Cutterpede Trimmer. I am not sure if the guidelines are deeper for more paper control or what but I find this product much easier to use. It's my favorite scrapbooking tool!!!
I love this trimmer. I like how the blade arm lifts all the way up, it makes it much easier to get the paper in and situated than in the ones that just lift up sidewasy. The 12-inch measuring arm has been sturdy on mine, maybe other people are hard on theirs. I've just used mine normally and it has all been fine.
My friend has this trimmer and I've used it so often when we're together crafting I finally broke down and bought one for myself! I love it! No snags, no ripped paper, even cuts great on glitter paper! Get the scallop bade too...wonderful! All of my creations now have scalloped borders!
This tool just cut and cut. In 3 years I still haven't had to replace the blade and the cutting strip can be rotated and turned over. This makes this product a great buy. Replacement strips come 2 to a package and are very economical. I also like the fancy blade you can use with it.
Used in this layout: Celebrate Friendship
I was very pleased with the Cutterpede Trimmer and look forward to using it often. It is much better than the other brands that I tried and unhappy with them. The Cutterpede is longer than most and the blades are easy to change. Scrapbook.com service was excellent and very fast.
I love this trimmer because it works incredibly well and folds up quite nicely for traveling to crops or storage. The extendable and bendable ruler arm makes measuring and cutting straight a snap. You can also buy additional blades to cut scallops and other decorative edges.
I bought this recently and love it, Well my mom loves it more, she uses it all the time. Love the bent ruler that you can use and the easy way to change the blades. I love using the perforating blade for projects its great.
Great trimmer and good deal.
I love my cutterpede. I used to have a fiskers trimmer and hated the way if you pushed too hard when you slid the blade down it would make a wavy cut on your paper. Never a problem with this trimmer.
Used in this layout: HOT DOG
I love this trimmer. I bought it to replace an older model Fiskar with a blade embedded in the shuttle. As I hoped the rotary blade is a step up. Very nice cuts and I LOVE the interchangable blades for fancy cuts. The refills are very inexpensive and last longer than the fixed style shuttle.
I thought I should let people know that the product comes with no directions. I learned to load the shuttle by trial and error (and fear that I was breaking the product). So, to load, snap the plastic end down and slide the shuttle on. Also, my first glide of the shuttle over the paper didn't cut anything. It took me a bit to figure out that you have to gently press the shuttle forward and down to cut. Nice feature once you figure it out. Finally, I had to super glue the magnet and it's plastic cover strip back on the reverse side! I wasn't going to bother but the magnet "lock" on the top bar is really a plus!
For those of us that are a little new to the fun of scrapbooking, Cutterpede: add some directions! (But don't let that stop you folks!)
Before buying this one, I was using the ProvoCraft lime trimmer. This one is by far my favourite of the two. I really like that the paper is held by a magnetic bar and the ruler. No more paper sliding while cutting and no more marking my CS to know where to cut. I simply use the ruler. Its negative points would be it doesn't always cut straight and I don't like how the blade cuts photographs. Don't be in a hurry when you cut CS or paper with this trimmer or it won't cut straight. I found out that the best way to get a good cut is to go slowly and apply the same pressure on the blade all the way.
Good: magnetic bar, ruler, rotatory blade.
Bad: No very good with photos and can be tricky to get straight lines.
Overall: Pretty good trimmer.
I read the reviews before deciding what to put in my own review. Mine cuts well, I have never had a problem with irregular cuts - everything comes out straight as an arrow. The black numbers on the plastic is a good contrast so I can clearly see where I am measuring. The *only* reason I did not give this 5 stars, was b/c I do have a problem where the arm bends to give "perfect 6x6 cuts". The joint is right over the 5 1/2 inch mark. Cardmakers know that cards get cut at 4 1/4 or 5 1/2 inches. While I can still see the line where I should be cutting...it isn't quite as clear or easy to read as the other numbers.
Used in this layout: Heritage
I love this trimmer! I am on my second one - the first having broken DUE TO MY ROUGH HANDLING. I find this trimmer very easy to use. It is easy to measure with and easy to get straight cuts. **I do have to say, when cutting small pieces or very thin strips, you must hold the paper carefully or it will cut crooked.** Now that I know this, I have no problems. I want to try the shaped blades offered with this product, but after 9 months of regular usage, I have not had to replace the blade due to it being dull.
Used in this layout: Tulips (left page)
I have to admit, this was one of the first cutters I purchased when I started scrapbooking and it has been my best friend!!! I have purchased others from other companies, but what makes this one so great is that you can change out the blades and its rotary instead of a straight cutter. I do like the smaller cutters but this one does the job when I have to do work on 12x12 pages that need to be cut down to 8x8 or 6x6. I am totally sticking with this one, why change/swap out something when it works sooo well.....
I truly love this rotary cutter except for one thing. I love the arm and the fact that it folds down to a smaller size....much easier to work with and guarantee straight cuts. The blades are great and I love the lock down option.
The only thing I have against this cutter is the arm is somewhat flimsy. I'm actually on my second cutter because when I unfolded the arm, I unintentionally broke it right at the hinge. I am more careful with it now but certainly wish it was just a little tougher.
This is a great product! Iím happy that I purchased this for my scrapbooking. The only thing I wish I could have changed or added would be that the arm could slide in but that is the ONLY thing. It's a great product and I would say if you are in the market, buy it. :)
I also bought the changeable blades and it VERY easy to change out and it works great! I really have enjoyed using this and itís helping me make great pages!
I bought this trimmer a week ago after toting around a heavier trimmer for 2 years. The thing I like the most is that it's light weight and doesn't take up as much space as the trimmer I use to use. It seems to cut stright lines without a problem. I have yet to buy any decorative blades but will be vey soon. I would recommend this trimmer to a riend or fellow paper crafter.
I just bought this last night because I was in desperate need of a paper trimmer. I had been getting by with a cheap trimmer since I try to STRETCH my budget. But this is probably one of the most important tools for a scrapbooker. It works well & you can buy different blades to cut wavy lines, etc.
After great frustration from my first trimmer for slanted cuts, I am very pleased with the results from the Cutterpede. I like the magnetic holder on the blade bar and the "jointed" ruler lets me get perfect 6X6 pages for my small albums!
Used in this layout: Autumn Ridge
I really like this proudct, but it is not my daily trimmer. I use it primarily for the features of scoring and preferation as well as the different cut designs. I like the way the ruler can be turned at a 90 degree angle.
This was given to me. I don't use it to much because I have a hard time with getting accurate measurements. Blade and mat have to be changed more often than my other trimmer.
Used in this layout: UGA FAN!
It's Good!! That's about the only thing I can say about the Cutterpede Trimmer. First, let me say that this is the trimmer that I currently use and I own two of them. It is easy to carry to crops and I like the simple use of the cutter. However, there are problems with it. The cutting mats wear out FAST. I have to replace my mats a lot. I have also replaced my blades a lot. Maybe I like really sharp blades, who doesn't? It seems like now...even with the blades and mat replaced, that it doesn't cut as good as it use to.
I have used this cutter for 4 years and have been very happy with it.
I would now recommend to my scrappy friends to try it out and see if they like before they decided this will be their final cutter. If they want to purchase a cutter for crops and small jobs, this is the one. I think there are some better cutters on the market for all of us that loves scrapping.
Used in this layout: Disney Quest
I'd had the trimmer for about 8 months and only replaced the blade once, and hadn't replaced the cutting mat at all. I have experienced many of the same problems with this trimmer as others have mentioned. I have the pink version. About a month after purchase, the magnet fell out, but it didn't affect the cutting at all. It cut straight until only recently, and then the 12-inch arm broke while I was pulling it out to cut a piece of paper. I emailed EK Success with my complaints and they sent me a brand new one, no questions asked. The fact that the company will back their product, no matter how old it is, says it all to me! This one lasted much longer than any other trimmer I've purchased. It's beat out my Fiskars trimmers, hands-down.
I'd like to give this trimmer a high rating, since it was my first trimmer ever, and I've grown emotionally attached to it - but in truth, it has problems. The most serious one, of course, is that I can't get a perfectly straight cut from it. I haven't decided on a replacement trimmer yet, so I've gone back to the ruler and craft knife - that's how bad it is!
Also, I did have a little piece break off of the arm, right at the joint. The piece was small and on the underside of the arm, so it didn't affect my cut in any way. This occurred after about a year of use.
I like it the trimmer so far but I am very upset with the blade that came with the purchase. It is terribly dull and does not cut through. Perhaps it is because I'm still a novice at using it, but it has been very difficult for me to get a straight cut. I can't seem to cut off borders of pictures with it at all. It works great on paper (one sheet at a time) but not so well with pictures. Maybe I will try getting a new blade or something. Also, the ruler is very complicated to use, but again, it may be because I am not very good at using this thing.
I like this trimmer most of the times but some times I can't get the top ruler straight. Also some times it doesn't cut straight but I'm not sure if that means it's time to change the roller blade or maby the cutting mat. However it's great most of the times but not every time.
Used in this layout: Father & son
This trimmer doesn't cut straight. I never use it because of this. I bought extra blades for this and everything. It is really disappointing.
Used in this layout: Kristy and Rosendo Christmas Day 2007
I was generous and gave this two stars because it does cut. However, I have trouble getting it to cut straight. Fortunately my extended arm hasn't broken like the other people who reviewed this product. When I line up my paper to cut I have to take more time than I'd like to make sure it's going to cut straight. Even when I take the extra time to line it up just so, it cuts crooked. I recommend anyone who's looking for a good trimmer to pass right by this one. There are others out there that are comparably priced and probably a lot better.
I have had a regular fiskars trimmer for years and I finally got fed up with the fact that it is hard to cut straight with it. I bought this cutterpede trimmer because people said that it cuts straight and unfortunately it has not lived up to its reputation. It was better when it was new but I get frustrated every time I use it because it simply doesn't cut straight. I am giving up on it and finding a replacement.
Before I even start, let me say that I am only giving it ONE STAR because they do not have ZERO stars. I took the SDU courses at my LSS. They swore by this trimmer in those lessons (yes, I now know it is because they are made by the same company--but I was new at scrapping then!). Although I tried to get used to it and to learn to handle it, it was just a great fit for me. It took too much energy and time to make even one straight cut. I cannot even begin to tell you how many sheets of paper went to the scrap pile because of being cut crooked! In no time, the ruler arm broke at the bend. I continued to use it for awhile before I decided to give it another try and went out and got another one. No difference there. In two days, yes... two days, the ruler arm BROKE! On this one and that one! So, needless to say, I won't be buying another one! I have my Making Memories trimmer now and let me tell you THAT is a great buy. This one, not so much!
This is a classic example of, "You get what you pay for". This is an economical tool that we all must have...BUT, mine broke during the first 5 uses. The "arm" that cuts 6"x6" cards was useless for me [I don't make cards.] I wanted to use the 12" ruler that bends out and then over to extend to the 12". Now, my arm is only 6", which is not very useful for me. In addition, the magnet is on the bottom of this product that magnetizes to the lift up arm. Good luck keeping your magnet where it belongs; mine fell out during the first month I bought this. Perhaps it's possible that I have a "lemon", but I much prefer my FISKARS 12" cutter that is only about $10.00 more. Now *that's* a great product!
Used in this layout: Something Old - Grandma's Bracelet
I have this wrapped to send back. First the magnet on the underside keeps falling out even after I glued it back in. Then it just plain does not cut - Will score albeit not straight but will not cut, no matter which end I start with or how I push the blade down. Tried plain paper, photo paper, cardstock, you name it - had to do the project by hand with the scissors i also purchased from here.
lousy. i want to send it back. the blades are both dull and barely cut copy paper
i wanted this because of the arm that bends and would help measuring precisely. and it broke!