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Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18")

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Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18")

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Product Highlights

  • Safe, Efficient Trimmer
  • Auto Paper Clamp
  • Self-Sharpening Blade
  • Metal Base
  • Protractor for Angled Cuts
  • Inch and Metric Measurements
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The Dahle 508 18" Personal Trimmer makes it easy to cut paper, photographs and films accurately and precisely, with a ground circular blade that cuts in either direction. Dahle Personal Trimmers are the first choice of scrapbookers. There are two (2) different replacement blades for the 507 and 508 Trimmers.

If your 507/508 Trimmer has a round slide bar, the replacement blade is a #644. If your 507/508 Trimmer has a rectangular slide bar, the replacement blade is a #970 (Standard Cutter Head)

Cutting heads sold separately or as a set of three
Rotary Trimmers are safe to use due to the blade being encased in a plastic housing - This virtually eliminates the chance of an accident
Perfect for trimming paper, cropping photographs and graphic design
Safely change cutting heads without the need to handle sharp blades
UPC: 076769508002
Cut Length 18" (45.7cm)
Capacity Up to 7 sheets
Dimensions 22.5 x 8.25" (57.2 x 21cm)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.5 x 8.4 x 2.9"
Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18")
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Defects in Manufacturing, Materials and Assembly
  • 1-Year Warranty on the Cutting Blades
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    Dahle508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18")
     
    4.0

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Clean edges (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Strong construction (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (6)
    • Traditional prints (6)
    • Black & white photos (4)
    • Low volume (4)
    • Scrapbooking (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (4), Quality oriented (4), Semi-professional (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect for 17x22 paper

    Having recently upgraded to an Epson 3880 from an HP printer whose max paper size was 8.5 X 11, I suddenly found myself surrounded by a wonderful new world of paper choices and sizes....Read complete review

    Having recently upgraded to an Epson 3880 from an HP printer whose max paper size was 8.5 X 11, I suddenly found myself surrounded by a wonderful new world of paper choices and sizes. I also discovered a great sale was on (maybe still is) for 25 sheets of 17 X 22 Epson Exhibition Fiber paper.Knowing that I wouldn't always print at 17 X 22 but smaller sizes as well, I quickly computed that the cost of buying large 17 X 22 sheets to cut up would provide more paper per square inch than the smaller packages Epson offered. This meant I needed a good, inexpensive trimmer to use for cutting up these large sheets into whatever size my heart (and budget - ink costs money) desired. The Dahle 508 18" cutter fits the bill perfectly. It's much sharper than my Carl trimmer and goes through thicker paper really well. The Carl always leaves tiny bits of edge here and there - the edges don't look good. The Dahle is like a razor blade and the edges are unfrayed and professional-looking.Some of the other reviewers said lining up paper against the cutter's edge may provide a crooked cut. I found my cutter's OK at one end (that is, perfectly perpendicular to the cutting blade's travel), but not the other end. So, if I'm trimming something big and important, I either push the paper firmly against the edge of the "good" end, or simply use a tape measure to ensure the cut will come out straight. I've owned several cutters in the under $100 range - none of them cut perfectly straight, so get over it. (Like with carpentry, measure twice, cut once.) This is a great cutter for the money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not square

    The one I ordered is not square! It was quite obvious from the first cut. Another consideration is that the aluminum roller guide is not stiff enough to cut more than one sheet without...Read complete review

    The one I ordered is not square! It was quite obvious from the first cut. Another consideration is that the aluminum roller guide is not stiff enough to cut more than one sheet without the potential for a curved cut. Maybe this one was defective, because I read many positive reviews about this roller. However, I cannot recommend it based on my experience with it. If you are not after precision 90-degree angle cuts or perfectly straight edges, this may be just what you need.

    Moreover, I bought this product thinking that, because it can accommodate 18-inch-wide paper, I could accurately measure 8x10 photos. NOT SO! The width ruler only goes to 6 3/8 inches! While this could be easily surmised by reading the dimensions, it isn't clearly stated what the maximum width measurement is.

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    4.0

    Cuts clean once squared up

    By Walt

    from Broadway, North Carolina

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Inexpensive For Its Size

    Cons

    • Not Assembled Square

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

    My unit came out of square, it was easy to correct by loosening the screws on the back and adjusting it to square. It would have been nice to see it come from the factory square, but I had read the reviews and knew my chances of getting one square was slim. Good cutter for the price.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Just what I wanted

    By Photoman

    from North Carolina

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

          Works well. Smooth cuts. Previous reviews indicate poor alignment; mine was well adjested.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect tool for the right price

          By Tommy G

          from NY, NY

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

            Use this for printing photos/cards stock.
            great quality/build and durability.
            no cons at all really.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good inexpensive trimmer for 13"x19"

            By Jordan Steele

            from Columbus, OH

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clean Cuts
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Factory Tolerance

            Best Uses

            • Photo prints

            Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

            I was looking for a trimmer for my 13x19" printer, and this fit the bill without breaking the bank. Like many others mine arrived just slightly out of square, but as mentioned by another review, a quick adjustment by loosening the screws on the end cap and I quickly got it perfectly square. The trimmer produces very clean cuts, even on thicker fine art fiber and rag papers, and can trim very slim ribbons off a print. It nicely holds down the media once you begin the cut as well. It has an 18" cutting area, which is just big enough for me to trim down my 13x19" paper for 12x18" prints (trimming the short ends first, leaving an 18" print to trim the long sides). It's worked great so far on about 30 prints for me, and I have no reason to believe it won't last quite a while. I'd love a rototrim, but for my needs it's a bit expensive and this Dahle works great for the price, once the minor correction to square was made.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Right out of the Box

            By Nashvillebuff

            from Nashville

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Studio

              Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

              Perfect match with a 3880. Easy to use right out of the box

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              • No

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              3.0

              Not square but fixable

              By John_nj

              from New Jersey

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Inexpensive
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Not Square
              • Poorly Assembled

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

              I've had this trimmer for a few years and finally decided to try to make it square. Previously I've always aligned the edge to be cut against the edge of the guard and not by the left guide.
              I had a large (for me) job and decided to try to fix it.
              I noticed that the left end plastic part wasn't flush against the main metal base, but the right side was.
              Loosening the three screws underneath allowed for enough play to move it flush. Now it's perfectly square.
              It's a good low volume trimmer, but it should have come properly assembled from the factory

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great products and service...

              By nicnat1221

              from Thurmont, MD

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Archive
                • Black & White Photos
                • Display
                • Traditional Prints

                Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                The Dahle 508 is a greaqt trimmer for it's price range. Many in this range are less sturdy and behave awkwardly.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Does a nice job

                By Kenny

                from NY, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                      Has some heft. Not as solid as a Rotatrim but one fifth the price. Cuts clean. Easy to pick up, trim a few photos and put away. For larger trimming up to 18" is fine though a heavier base would be nice (but that would make it more cumbersome for doing quick trims on smaller prints.). The paper lockdown feature holds paper firmly for cutting.

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Works fine

                      By Bdub

                      from Laguna beach

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Load Photos

                      Cons

                      • Poor Layout

                      Best Uses

                      • Traditional Prints

                      Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                      Clean cut- no ruler

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Buy. Highly Recommend!!!

                      By Copy Queen

                      from Herndon, VA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Load Photos
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Organized

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                          I use this in a mid sized professonal production environment. It's fast, smooth, and highly worth it's cost. We cut everything from coverstock to heavy weight copy paper. All producing an excellent end product. I really don't have any not so great comments to add.

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                          • No

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                          2.0

                          OK inexpensive trimmer, but poor quality

                          By dj

                          from Buffalo, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                After using a variety of quality trimmers and mat cutters for over 30 years; and teaching art/photo,
                                I ordered the 508 trimmer, as an inexpensive backup
                                for my studio. After one use, the plastic guide
                                literally popped off and flew across the room.It was
                                broken. I immediately contacted the Dahle Co. A representative e-mailed me right back; shipped another plastic guide FREE of charge. It was great to have a company stand behind it's product!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Razor sharp

                                By Ken

                                from Jamaica WI

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Load Photos
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Organized

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Black & White Photos
                                • Traditional Prints

                                Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                I used it to trim pictures and it works great, I am impress I just love the way this trimmer perform.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great product for the price

                                By CCDesign

                                from Star Prairie, WI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Great price
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Black & White Photos
                                • Scrapbooking
                                • Traditional Prints

                                Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                This trimmer is great for photographers and scrap bookers. The trimming table has the lines to guide your cuts and to create intricate angled shapes. In addition, the self-sharpening blade eliminates rough cuts and keeps the trimmed edges clean and sharp. This trimmer being 18", makes trimming and cropping an image easy, the large size of the cutting area allows you to cut once, eliminating the need to make multiple cuts to achieve the desired size. The trimmer is sturdy and reasonably priced, and will surely meet my needs for a long time.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic Trimmer!!!

                                By Sarasota Sunshine

                                from Sarasota, Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Easy To Load Photos
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Well Organized

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                    This is a great tool for all photographers who need to trim their photos whether they print them at home or send them out to be printed elsewhere. Love this trimmer. Very good price as well.

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                                    • No

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                                    3.0

                                    Pretty Good but could be better

                                    By JB

                                    from WA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Provides good clean edges

                                    Cons

                                    • Guides are not square

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Black & White Photos
                                    • Traditional Prints

                                    Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                    Pretty darn good a for trimming photographs as the Dahle leaves a nice clean edge. One detraction is the plastic guides are not square to the cutter head which can be a real pain if you are not carefull.

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                                    • No

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                                    2.0

                                    Too much plastic

                                    By No Bueno

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                          Not good for a heavy load of chopping. Maybe good for scrapbooking.. but not good for a heavy photo work load.

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                                          • No

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                                          3.0

                                          This cutter is good for trimming prints

                                          By serengeti man

                                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight easy to store

                                          Cons

                                          • Table too small

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Traditional Prints

                                          Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                          It would be better if the table was 12" wide rather than 6". Hard to cut paper larger than 14" wide. I don't see how you can cut 17x22 paper done to 8.5x11.

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                                          5.0

                                          Perfect for 17x22 paper

                                          By Uncle Lew

                                          from Hillsboro, OR

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Good value
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home
                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Macro Photography

                                            Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                            Having recently upgraded to an Epson 3880 from an HP printer whose max paper size was 8.5 X 11, I suddenly found myself surrounded by a wonderful new world of paper choices and sizes. I also discovered a great sale was on (maybe still is) for 25 sheets of 17 X 22 Epson Exhibition Fiber paper.Knowing that I wouldn't always print at 17 X 22 but smaller sizes as well, I quickly computed that the cost of buying large 17 X 22 sheets to cut up would provide more paper per square inch than the smaller packages Epson offered. This meant I needed a good, inexpensive trimmer to use for cutting up these large sheets into whatever size my heart (and budget - ink costs money) desired. The Dahle 508 18" cutter fits the bill perfectly. It's much sharper than my Carl trimmer and goes through thicker paper really well. The Carl always leaves tiny bits of edge here and there - the edges don't look good. The Dahle is like a razor blade and the edges are unfrayed and professional-looking.Some of the other reviewers said lining up paper against the cutter's edge may provide a crooked cut. I found my cutter's OK at one end (that is, perfectly perpendicular to the cutting blade's travel), but not the other end. So, if I'm trimming something big and important, I either push the paper firmly against the edge of the "good" end, or simply use a tape measure to ensure the cut will come out straight. I've owned several cutters in the under $100 range - none of them cut perfectly straight, so get over it. (Like with carpentry, measure twice, cut once.) This is a great cutter for the money.

                                              • Similar:
                                              • Carl RT-200 12

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                                              3.0

                                              Does the job with ease

                                              By Mr. D.

                                              from Commack NY

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                              • Poor Design

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home

                                              Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                              Trimmer works fine, however there is a discrepancy with the printed guide lines compared to the left margin. It is not a perfect right angle.

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                                              4.0

                                              Good quality, but be careful.

                                              By Dave from Toledo

                                              from Toledo, OH

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy to Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer (18"):

                                                  I used this to cut a few hundered photos ranging from wallet to 11x14 and I really like this. The only warning I have is this: don't trust the sides to cut square. In other words, when you put the paper to the side, make sure it is square to the cutter. Sometimes I went by feel and not by sight to ensure squareness and the results weren't always square. Other than that, it works great!

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