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Hydraulic Cutters

A cutter is one of the few machines that a print manufacturer will use on almost every job that passes through their operation. Some jobs get folded, some are drilled or laminated, but every single job passes through the cutter. We talk to our customers about a specific mindset to be in while purchasing a cutter. First of all, consider it a 15 year investment. Cutters are tough machines and most operators will agree that they're often used in production until they're completely worn out. For that reason it's wise to pony up and get a quality machine. Think of the hundreds of thousands of cut cycles the cutter will make over it's lifespan. If the cut cycle is just a couple seconds quicker, it can stretch out to months or years of labor savings over the life of the cutter. Hydraulic cutters vary in duty cycle.

Some use only hydraulics to drive the cutting mechanism and clamp. Others use a combination of hydraulics and kinetic power stored in a heavy flywheel. Flywheel systems allow for quick response without sacrificing torque. Many of your larger cutters, over maybe 36 inches will use a flywheel. Some cutters also have a scrap trap, this is a small trap door right in front of the blade that will open up momentarily after each cut cycle to allow scrap paper to drop down into a bin. This is a minor time saver that really adds up over the life of the cutter. It can also reduce the fatigue of an operator by allowing them to keep focused on the product.

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A cutter is one of the few machines that a print manufacturer will use on almost every job that passes through their operation. Some jobs get folded, some are drilled or laminated, but every single job passes through the cutter.