After becoming disenchanted with my Fiskars trimmer, I switched to a CM trimmer which was much more accurate. However, at the same time I bought CM's little 6" guillotine and loved it so much I started looking for a 12". CM didn't make one (they should consider doing so) and the prices of the office equipment type were startling. Then I saw an ad for the 2-in-1 in a magazine. Finding one I could actually look at, however, was a problem. While on vacation I ran into a lady who was closing her store and while I was looking around at the bargains my hubby spotted the Purple Cow I had been looking for. The store did not carry them but had one for use in their classes and crops. After examining the trimmer and talking to the owner, I ordered one upon my return home and started using it immediately upon receipt.
Several months later I noticed that the plastic housing that covers the screw and nut that hold the arm to the body was cracked. I called the phone number on the brochure that had come with the trimmer. I was treated very nicely by the young woman who answered the phone. After explaining the problem, she said they would send me a new one the very next day. I had it in less than a week and then boxed up the old one and mailed it back. I was never without the use of the trimmer and the company was very good about the exchange. No one could ask for better customer service.
Please note that this is not an ordinary guillotine type paper cutter. There is no cutting blade on the arm. In order for the cutter to cleanly shear off the edge of your paper, you MUST press down on the "lever" (for lack of a better term) right next to the arm and hold it firmly when you bring the arm down. There is NO blade to get dull. The paper is cut cleanly and accurately by virtue of the shearing action of the arm against the body. This will prevent you or your kids from cutting fingers, although it is possible to get a painful pinch if you don't use it properly. I have found the measurements to be accurate and my cuts are straight.
I had never used a rotary trimmer before but have found this very useful for making attractive embellishment strips for borders and such. I am thinking seriously about getting some of the new blades they are now making for it.
It was time for me to trash the old paper trimmer & invest in a new one. I did my homework & researched all the trimmers out there. It arrived quickly (thanks scrapbook.com!). The manual provides the lowdown on the trimmer, which I sugges reading before using it because there are a few safety features that make it a little tricky to use for the novice Purple Cow Paper Trimmer user. I LOVE that it snaps together & sits on my scrap desk as one piece. And because it separates into two trimmers, I can take the smaller side to scrap with friends. It takes some getting used to when trying to align papers if you are used to another cutting system. I would suggest making practice cuts on unwanted photos till you get the hang of it. And I have found that it is much easier to stand up when using the rotary blade. This allows you to apply more pressure when making your cut. All in all, I'd have to say I am VERY pleased with my Purple Cow.
My husband got me this trimmer last Christmas and I love it! I love the fact that it's heavy duty. I use it almost everytime I scrap and I have yet to need to replace a blade in it. I love the fact that it has interchangeable blades on the rotary half of the trimmer. If you want to have a wavy cute, straight cut, or perpherated cut, you can with this machine. One of the coolest things about it is that you can separate the two trimmers. I highly recommend this trimmer for all scrappers! It is a must have!!
I really hate to be the only person who doesn't like this trimmer, but if it was easier to return, I would've taken it back. I have had it for 3 months, and I've actually started using my old trimmer. The guillotine works fine, although it seems like it beginning to dull. It's also impossible to cut small pieces with it. If you disassemble the rotary trimmer, then you've lost some of your measurements with the guillotine. The rotary trimmer is horrible. It has a swing out arm for measuring, but it doesn't go all the way up to 12". It is also difficult to cut small pieces on this one. It's hard to be sure your paper is straight, too, because there's not enough plastic along the bottom to butt the paper up against. I thought I would give it a chance and maybe I'd learn to like it, but every time I take it out to use, I regret my purchase. I work at a scrapbook store and could've gotten a better trimmer for a lot less money. Very disappointing...
I am so glad I spent the money & bought this. I was skeptical at first, but this works great. If you have a get together you can break it apart, so you have 2 cutting boards. I wasn't sure how well it would cuts photo's, especially since you can touch the blade and it feels dull. But it works like a champ. You don't have to worry about your kids getting injured on the blade. I didn't know when I bough this, the the sliding trimmer also has changeable blades, so that you can make wavy cuts too. This is a must have tool! And how I love my scrapping tools!