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Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8")

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Product Highlights
  • Self-Sharpening, Steel Blade
  • Plastic Blade Housing
  • Auto Paper Clamp
  • Adjustable Backstop
  • Can Be Wall Mounted
  • Inch and Metric Measurements

The Dahle 552 20-1/8" Professional Rolling Trimmer is a large format trimmer seen in engineering departments, framing shops, galleries and schools around the world. It quickly and effortlessly cuts large workpieces to precise size. Its features include ground upper and lower steel blades along with an automatic paper clamp. The rugged base helps maintain its stability while the clearly marked surface grid gives you precise registration points.

As with all Dahle Rotary Trimmers, safety is ensured by totally enclosing the blade in a plastic housing. For larger pieces (or even for small ones), this trimmer can be wall mounted for even more exact cuts.  

Self-sharpening blade cuts in either direction
See-through paper clamp
Sturdy metal base
Preprinted grid lines (on models 550-554)
Can be wall mounted
Optional paper roll holder available
Optional floor stands available (models 556 and 558 only)
Cut Length 20-1/8" (51cm)
Capacity 20 sheets
Dimensions 27.75 x 14.13" (70.5 x 36cm)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8")
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Defects in Manufacturing, Materials and Assembly
  • One-Year Warranty on the Cutting Blades
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    Dahle552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8")
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (23)
    • Attractive (14)
    • Easy to load photos (14)
    • Well organized (6)
    • Clean edges (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Traditional prints (9)
      • Display (7)
      • Black & white photos (6)
      • Archive (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (7), Quality oriented (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Budget 20+" Cutter

      I bought this to accompany the Epson Stylus Pro 4880 17" printer. I chose this size so that I could print 16x20 on 17" wide media and be able to cut down to...Read complete review

      I bought this to accompany the Epson Stylus Pro 4880 17" printer. I chose this size so that I could print 16x20 on 17" wide media and be able to cut down to borderless after printing.

      The action on this cutter is delightfully smooth, and the paper hold-down works great every time.

      Like one other user I found that the guide edge was not square to the cutting edge, but I was able to adjust it with a piece of standard copy paper and a square using trial-and-error.

      I haven't used any other trimmers, so I can't say that this is better than any other trimmers, but it does precisely what it is supposed to do, leaves a beautiful clean edge, and can trim even the slimmest diagonal sliver from a finished print. I've used it on up to 290 gram/sq meter paper and it hasn't slowed in the slightest.

      Overall, it does the job at a competitive price.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good for Price

      In the past have bought Rotatrim cutters which are well built but also expensive. Bought Dahle as it does the job at a cheaper price. Not as well made so more care needed to...Read complete review

      In the past have bought Rotatrim cutters which are well built but also expensive. Bought Dahle as it does the job at a cheaper price. Not as well made so more care needed to look after.
      Wish someone would design a print trimmer that also had an extendable measure/ruler on the right side of the trimmer that you could pull out to always give the correct amount to cut off or an extension of the right angle edge that the print bumps up to,so that the ruler extends to the left beyond the width of the baseboard. Would make trimming large Ink jet prints so much quicker than having to measure each one.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love the Trimmer - Love the Price

      By Dar

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Load Photos
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Organized

      Cons

      • Metric Dominant
      • Poor Layout

      Best Uses

      • Display

      Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

      Tried both the Rotatrim and this one... the Rotatrim was a touch better but it was not 2x (the price difference better), it was, maybe, 10%.

      I use this trimmer to trim photos that I've printed in my home studio, mainly for personal use. Though it is a bit "excessive" for just family photos, and whatnot. That said, I do print 13 x 19 size photos on a regular basis.

      The other bit I liked about this one, over the Rotatrim, is that I had to go with a 24" unit in the Rotatrim. For those that only print up to 17, or 19", this one gives you a half foot+ of extra space, in the end, and still trims any photo you can put into the thing.

      Overall, I love this trimmer. It's clean, it's crisp, and does an amazing job.

      WORST instruction manual ever! So, don't expect to learn anything from it.

      The only drawback, really, is that ALL of the markings (with the exception of a few secondary ones) are in metric. I trim to English/Imperial dimensions. That's been a bit tougher. The Rotatrim has a clear imperial marking system, another benefit to it.... but, still not worth double $$$.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By ski

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

          Precise cuts, easy to use, even with thicker paper. Measurements and markings make results simple to achieve.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Outstanding Photo Trimmer

          By Mike

          from Troy, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Load Photos
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cutting 13x19 Photos
            • Traditional Prints

            Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

            I now have an extremely accurate photo trimmer for small and larger photo sizes that trimms so smoothly and accurately it is truely amazing.

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            5.0

            fantastic

            By PhotographerBob

            from Merion, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                  Sharp, precise cut. Could use inches in addition to metrics on horizontal dimension. Beautiful crafting. Should last a long time.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice...and it works !

                  By Dan

                  from New Paltz, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                      Used on a daily basis this cutter works as advertised. Precise clean cuts. Good feel.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Solid

                      By Jax Design

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                          Solid construction and has held up to some heavy work days already. Being able to mount it on the wall to get it out of the way when it's not in use is also a big plus in my smaller work area.

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great, but mostly METRIC

                          By kickstand

                          from New England, USA

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                This is a quality trimmer, as others have noted. But while the edges are labeled in both metric and US, the lines are metric only. So it is difficult to line up a long cut correctly.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Just what I needed

                                By flyingj

                                from Ogden, Ut

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                  We use this in a computer lab for artists so there are lots of things to cut and all types of paper. Works out great and is smooth, heavy duty, and can stand up to a little college student abuse although I get after them every time. The templates on the board are a bonus too and make things quick.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  roller trimmer

                                  By photoguy

                                  from Rockville, MD

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Layout

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                    Nice trimmer. I wish it had the measurements on the top stop area but it still works great.

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                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Love It!

                                    By Loui

                                    from Wisconsin

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Load Photos
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photo Matting

                                      Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                      I am thrilled with this cutter. I do a lot of repetitive cutting, so the added 'fence' to mark a desired measurement makes cutting so much faster. For some of the cutting I do, I take advantage of cutting multiple sheets of paper and am very pleased with how well the clamp holds the paper still for a nice clean cut. I would definitely recommend this trimmer.

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                                      • No

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8

                                      By Mikey

                                      from Kingsland, Ga

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                          I like this trimmer!! Very simple to use and cuts perfectly!

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Dahle 552 rotary trimmer (20 1/8")

                                          By Photog

                                          from Lake Charles, LA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                              I have been a photographer for for well over 50 years and have used many trimmers of varied sizes over that time, but all have been the guillotine type.

                                              The extreme accuracy of the Dahle 552 almost makes a pleasure of the routine task of properly trimming photographs.

                                              I wish I had made this purchase a long time ago.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great results for photo trimming

                                              By Tim

                                              from Tn

                                              About Me High-end Shopper

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clean Edges
                                              • Cuts Straight
                                              • Sturdy

                                              Cons

                                              • More expensive than most

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Scrapbooking

                                              Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                              Give precise cuts that are reproducible
                                              portable and no setup time needed

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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                                              4.0

                                              One of the better trimmers.

                                              By Tom

                                              from NC, USA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                    Dahle has a good reputation. Compared to what is available in most local art shops, the Dahle is far superior. [...].Overall a very good product. There is some plastic, mostly just the guide, end caps, etc. All the major components are of various metals.The only disadvantage to US users is that most of the guides are marked in metric units. The left edge (call it the x axis)has inches, but the other axis does not.Price point is perfect for the quality and size. Again, worth the extra cost over what may be available in a local retailer.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Very good Trimmer

                                                    By Javier

                                                    from San Diego, CA

                                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Load Photos
                                                    • Strong Construction

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Archive

                                                      Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                      Very sturdy construction

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                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Precise & Easy to Use

                                                      By akaflash

                                                      from Canaan Heights, WV

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Strong Construction

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Display
                                                        • Traditional Prints

                                                        Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                        Well built, easy to use, precise:
                                                        It even has a nice feel to it.
                                                        Paper will be "pushed" down automatically as you start engaging the roller.

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                                                        • No

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                                                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        4.0

                                                        Excellent Budget 20+" Cutter

                                                        By Dr. D

                                                        from Portsmouth, NH

                                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Load Photos
                                                        • Strong Construction

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Black & White Photos
                                                          • Display
                                                          • Traditional Prints

                                                          Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                          I bought this to accompany the Epson Stylus Pro 4880 17" printer. I chose this size so that I could print 16x20 on 17" wide media and be able to cut down to borderless after printing.

                                                          The action on this cutter is delightfully smooth, and the paper hold-down works great every time.

                                                          Like one other user I found that the guide edge was not square to the cutting edge, but I was able to adjust it with a piece of standard copy paper and a square using trial-and-error.

                                                          I haven't used any other trimmers, so I can't say that this is better than any other trimmers, but it does precisely what it is supposed to do, leaves a beautiful clean edge, and can trim even the slimmest diagonal sliver from a finished print. I've used it on up to 290 gram/sq meter paper and it hasn't slowed in the slightest.

                                                          Overall, it does the job at a competitive price.

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                                                          • No

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Oh that is how that works ?

                                                          By West of Everywhere

                                                          from B.C Canada

                                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Attractive Design
                                                          • Clean cuts
                                                          • Easy To Load Photos

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                              Cuts a nice clean edge. The cutter head has to be parked at one end or the other to allow paper to be moved under the plastic paper holder as the plastic will help hold the paper for you when the cutter head is moved then releases it. It appears to cut inkjet and photo paper very well. I have not checked it for square to the guide so far but it is easy to see the edge being cut when it lines up under the plastic.
                                                              It could have some instruction about the holder being lowered as I was first concerned about it marking the paper but eventually it becomes obvious.
                                                              Normally only cutting a page at a time edges. Would be nice if some information was included for replacement blade when required.

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                                                              4.0

                                                              An Easy To Use, Professional Trimmer

                                                              By Mike The Cutter

                                                              from New York, NY

                                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Accurate
                                                              • Easy To Load Photos
                                                              • Easy to Use
                                                              • Strong Construction

                                                              Cons

                                                              • Only one type of cut

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Archive
                                                              • Black & White Photos
                                                              • Display
                                                              • Graphic arts
                                                              • Packaging design
                                                              • Traditional Prints

                                                              Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                              I got this trimmer to trim papers that are thick and that have been printed from my printer that prints 13x19 paper. The blade cuts cleanly and accurately. From the consumer grade trimmers that I have used in the past, this one is far more durable and accurate. The blade is made of high-grade material and will resist becoming dull over time.

                                                              It comes with handy mounting holes that allow you to mount the trimmer to a wall to keep it out of the way when its not in use. The handy ruler guides help make sure you have the right measurement without the need to rely soley on crop marks.

                                                              In short, if you intend to do a lot of cutting and want a professional result every time, then the Dahle brand is the one to get.

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Just Right

                                                              By Specbus

                                                              from West Linn, OR

                                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Load Photos
                                                              • Strong Construction

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Dahle 552 Professional Rolling Trimmer (20-1/8"):

                                                                  I use the 552 to trim photos. Clean cut edges are critical to my use and this trimmer delivers.

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