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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2012
Having recently started crafting and having the inability to cut straight I wanted to get a trimmer/guillotine which was light weight, compact and did the job.
I had seen Purple Cows on TV and had seen demos of their paper trimmers and was aware before buying this that in order to use the trimmers you need to put pressure on the cutter yourself to get it to work and was a bit dubious about this but thought I would try it out anyway. I saw this combo trimmer and it looked light weight, easy to use and the ability to cut thicker card on the guillotine.
The trimmer and guillotine can be attached together to give you a bigger working area, or can be used separately (which I usually do). The trimmer has a number of different cutters and more can be purchased. I have 7 different blades for mine for fancy cuts, perforated cuts, straight cutting and scoring (for folding cards). Each cutting disk/cartridge can easily be attached to the trimmer to use but twisting them and locking into place. When I tried out the trimmer first and found that it is best to use on a sturdy service and put equal pressure on the trimmer element while cutting so you get a nice clean cut. I sometimes find that I end up putting less pressure on the cutting element the closure I get to me but have found that if I move the paper up a little bit towards the middle of the trimmer it is much easier to get a better cut. I've used a number of different thicknesses going up to 250gsm card and it has worked fine for me. I must also point out at this point that I have Muscular Dystrophy and therefore doesn't have massive amounts of strength in my arms sometimes (especially when tired) but this hasn't affected me while using the trimmer, it's just a case of finding the right way to use the trimmer. I sit on a taller chair when crafting so having more height away from the desk does help.

The trimmer has a handy pull out section which extends the measurements so you can cut and measure larger pieces of card/paper without having to attached the guillotine if you don't want to.

The trimmer is very light and has buttons at each end which allow you to lift up the trimmer element enough to get your paper in, then press the bar back down to hold your paper in place.

The guillotine part of the duo is a must have for matting and layering and general cutting of card. It has a safety guard which you have to push down to allow you to push the cutter down and the cutting element itself isn't sharp so feels safe. There is also a lock so you can lock the guillotine arm down when not in use. The guillotine has measurements on in centimetres and inches, as well as card sizings (C5 etc). It is very easy to use and I've been able to cut multiple pieces of card and paper (although I prefer using it with single pieces so I can ensure I measure and line it all up properly).

This is great value for money as you get both a trimmer with fancy edges and a guillotine.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2012
The product is great, it does the trick and is well built. The only downside is getting hold of spares. The cutters need replacing after about 6500 cuts and the bit of plastic the cutter cuts into under the paper also needs replacing every so often, more frequent than the actual blade cutter. In the UK, you don't appear to be able to get spares. After speaking to the company who make this, the only thing you can get in this country it appears is the cutting strip. It is NOT meant for this product but the company who makes this product said you could buy this ([...])and it should work, although it would be about 3/4 inch too short.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
This is my second purple cow 2 in 1 combo guillotine I have owned. The first one I had was damaged by children, hence the second purchase. It is a great cutter and every time I use the guillotine I achieve a straight cut. I am also pleased with the rotary cutter and love the different style of blades provided with it. I use it for scrapbooking and card making and it has never failed me. It can find it difficult to cut through 2 pieces of 300gsm card, especially if it is a thin section, but I often cut this weight card as double when making my card blanks without a problem. In the product description it does state that it will slice only one piece of thick card, so I have no problem with this.
The pro's for me are:-

This newer model does come with a better selection of rotary blades than the previous one I purchased.

The back finish is better than the white.

I find the markings on the base really helpful and accurate.

As I am sometimes a mobile crafter I am pleased that I can detach the rotary trimmer and take it with me. It is light weight and compact, the swing arm it great, and I find it easy to use the measurement grids/lines on this also.

It is all in all a great trimmer for my crafting needs, card, paper, photos etc, so a good all rounder.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2011
Although a crafter, I was looking for a sturdy guillotine. Have tried the pink/plastic type trimmers aimed at crafters in the past, and been very disappointed with their flimsiness. This though really is the business. Not only do I get an excellent guillotine, but have the bonus of a trimmer too. They come apart to give you a separate trimmer and guillotine, should you so desire. When clicked together, you get a large surface, with room for 12" x 12" papers. The guillotine has a very good finger guard, and a press down bar to hold the paper safely in place whilst operating which prevents any movement of the paper. The trimmer is just amazing. Used on its own, there is a swing out stabilizer in the base, but the major selling point in my view is that the bar locks down onto the paper by pushing down the guide ends, so there is no way the paper can shift whilst you are sliding the trimmer along to cut the paper - fantastic! The only slight negative I have found, is if you use the trimmer on it's own, and place the slider bar on the right (if you are right-handed) the numbers on the guide scales are then upside down! But I can live with that. I think this is very good value, and a sturdy bit of kit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
This item works perfectly well but only suitable for light usage. If you are a card maker then this would be ideal although it does feel a little flimsy. I was hoping that the guillotine would trim up the edges of my hand made book pages but sadly it can only cut a few pages at a time. It is also limited as to what it will cut! My own fault, I should have paid more and got a better quality machine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
OOOH! I had such fun playing with this, The guillotine cuts great, and the trimmer is so much better than anything else i have.
I like the way it comes apart and it is so much lighter than i thought it would be,
I would recommed this to any at home crafter like myself.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2012
I bought this for my wife for Christmas (2011) but after she started to use it in early January 2012, it became clear that you need to be a weightlifter to get a decent cut with the trimmer.
The theory is good and different trimmer shapes sound fantastic, but we can't get them to work. Even with thin paper, the trimmer does not cut properly. As a result we have to unfortunately advise against buying this 2in1 trimmer unless you can actually have a go first and test your strength.
Sorry Purple Cow, but it just won't work. p.s. Great Dealz also refusing a refund on this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2012
Received this about a week ago and I am really disappointed, this does not give a clean cut like my old X-Cut guillotine also sometimes even when pressing down firmly on the safety guide the paper still shifts. I have tried hard to like it and make it work but it just does not cut cleanly. It seems ok with paper but I have tried using this on 250 & 300 gsm card and the results are the same, keeps leaving me with bits on the edges each time, and because I have opened and used apparently I am unable to return - waste of money.

I will now be purchasing another X-cut Guillotine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
The base board is so light that it doesn't offer the weight required to give purchase during operation
The pressure plate does not allow sufficient pressure to prevent paper from slipping during guillotine operation
The housing block containing the cutting / scoring wheels is not sturdy enough to give continuous cuts / scores
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on 26 November 2014
I bought this to replace a motley collection of trimmers/rotary trimmers, and I am very impressed so far! Time will tell if it continues to perform, but I have had another model by Purple Cows and if this new one performs like the old one, I will be looking forward to years of service. Of my old trimmers, the Purple Cows has definitely been the best. I recently bought another (well-known!) brand, and have only regretted the purchase. So, back to Purple Cows. The guillotine is what swung this model for me ... so, why only 4 stars???? I would have awarded 4.5 if it was possible. I would have liked to see some storage for the different blades (the blades come on a little tray, but there is nowhere to store the tray - the older model has a lift-up cover that can hold blades/paper/etc). Also, no spare cutting strip...
But overall, - an excellent product, and even without the missing features I am still pleased that I 'upgraded'. Highly recommended
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