I love this paper trimmer!!! I have been through 3 previous guillotine trimmers and have had problems with the grid being crooked and the blade not being sharp, not with this trimmer!!! The cutting mat is straight and the laser line reassures you that it is! The gridlines are nice and easy to see and there are markings for popular sizes of photos, such as 5 X 7, 3 X 5, etc. The handle is so easy to grip, it fits comfortably in your hand! I love the finger guard, press down on it in the middle and it holds the entire sheet in place while you are cutting!
Lining up to the top of the grid is different because it does have a sloped edge, but I just line it up to the grid lines on the base and it is just as easy! The blade is sharp when cutting, it doesn't leave any feathery or jagged edges!
I love this trimmer!
Where has this paper trimmer been all of my life??? I love this baby! I love how easy it is to get a 12" x 12" piece of paper cut exactly where I want it (unlike the trimmers that don't have a flat 12" surface so paper can shift). The best part...the laser beam that shines and shows me just where the blade will be cutting. So amazing!!! The cutter base is lighweight and sturdy. The only drawback I've found is in the top edge where you align the paper (where the ruler is). It's slightly rolled so you should double check your paper to make sure it doesn't slide up the edge before cutting. I haven't cut multiple sheets of paper yet, but when I do, I'll for sure check that top edge.
I purchased this paper trimmer two years ago and it's still sharp as a razor. I've crafted several albums with it and you can easily read the grids, line up your papers square and the added feature of the laser light lets you make sure your LO is exactly where you want it for a great cuts time after time.
So far I have found the paper Trimmer far better than my other one. This is more accurate, using the laser light as a guide. It also handles cutting paper without the blade bending or twisting. I definitely like this. I forgot to add a serious con to this item which needs to be addressed. When unpacking be very careful as the handle lock is not attached. As you take the unit out of the box and packaging, the blade will pop up and, if not careful, you could get cut. Xacto needs to make sure the blade is secured and safe.
I received this trimmer as an unexpected gift and absolutely love it. The best thing about it is the laser telling you where it will cut and if it's straight or not. I have cut several sheets of cardstock with success. The trimmer is sturdy, but lightweight and cuts very easily. A wonderful trimmer!