However, when I needed to replace it, I decided it was time to step it up. I bought the Cutterpillar Pro. I will be honest and say it’s more of an investment piece at a price point of $129. It’s a gear driven, self-sharpening rotary blade. It had an LED light (which is awesome)!
I shot a video showing use of the trimmer. You can view it here! (However, if you can’t or don’t enjoy watching videos, scroll down for some pictures and specifics)
My favorite features:
The LIGHT! I didn’t think the LED light would be that big of a deal, but it’s awesome! I’m not sure I could use a trimmer now that doesn’t have one. It’s powered by 5 AA batteries. The switch is on the top above the ruler bar. Easy to turn on and off. One trick I’ve found, the light doesn’t show through opaque papers. However, if you have the ability to turn out the room light, for most papers, the light will show through, and give enough light to safely operate the trimmer.
I didn’t mention this in the video, but remembering that I forgot made me want to shoot the video again! I really like that this trimmer has 1/8 intervals labeled on the ruler grid and 1/16s marked. Makes it so much easier than guessing! The grid on the platform is only 1/2”, so you still have to eyeball or use the ruler, but I am loving the 1/8” intervals.
The storage drawer is awesome! It has a deeper recess for taller things like ink pads. I love that I can keep my scissors, ruler, craft knife, tweezers, some glue, a threaded needle and the basics right at hand. (One word of caution – the drawer doesn’t lock in place, so if you move the trimmer, be sure to hold it securely so the drawer don’t fall out – yes, I learned the hard way, thankfully the drawer was empty).
I don’t have pictures for the rest of my list, but here goes:
- Trims cleanly even 1/16” corrections
- Leaves a beautiful crisp cut (however, the first many cuts were fairly rough, take a scrap piece of paper and cut about 50 cuts to get the blade nice and sharp).
- Heavy duty
- Cuts thin chipboard beautifully (however, I’m not sure this is recommended by the manufacturer)
- No blades to replace. This self-sharpening blade will not need replaced (if it does get damaged, I believe you can purchase just the replacement blade & gear housing, rather than replace the trimmer)
- Price. It’s an investment piece. However, I firmly believe that while you will pay more upfront, you will save money in the long run in how well it will last. Additionally, you won’t have to buy replacement blades as you do for the disposable blade trimmers.
- Size. It’s not compact. But it’s great for cutting 12x12 sheets that have the 1/2” additional upc strip. (you can slide scraps underneath it as it does have some clearance – I do this because my space is so limited. Then I put them away after finishing each project).
- (this one is a pro/con depending on operator use) Operation. It cuts incredibly well. The only negative is that there is nothing to hold the paper in place. You have to hold the paper to keep it from shifting (my experience has been that most of the time it’s not the trimmer blade that causes a crooked cut, but the shifting of paper – so you have to be sure to hold it securely to get a clean cut. But you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
(Note – I purchased this out of my own pocket and have received no compensation from Cutterpillar for any of this).