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Rotatrim24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter
 
4.8

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (32)
  • Durable (25)
  • Attractive (15)
  • Easy to load photos (15)
  • Clean edges (13)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Traditional prints (11)
  • Black & white photos (9)
  • Everyday (9)
  • Studio (8)
  • Home (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (10), Personal (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (8), Quality oriented (8), Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impossible to dislike

I use the Rotatrim Mastercut Pro 24" for trimming photos. It's expensive, but pays for itself very quickly with all of the frustration it saves you. I used one in in high...Read complete review

I use the Rotatrim Mastercut Pro 24" for trimming photos. It's expensive, but pays for itself very quickly with all of the frustration it saves you. I used one in in high school 20+ years ago, so I knew it existed, then I bought a regular paper cutter because it was cheaper, then I used a badly maintained Rotatrim at a copy shop, then I used a rotary fabric cutter with a ruler on a cutting mat. All to avoid a $ expense on a paper trimmer. 20+ years of frustration, and all I can say is that I wish I had starved myself in college for a couple of months back then. So much less painful.The 24 is perfect for anything that the 17" wide format Epson printers spew out. It is actually about 30" long and had 24 full unobstructed inches of reliable cutting capacity. It's a dream for photos. It can trim a fraction of a mm from the edge of Exhibition fiber paper without even needing to hold the paper still during the cut.I opted to buy this version instead of the monorail because both are expensive and I knew this would work from experience, and I knew I'm too disorganized to return the monorail if it wasn't what I wanted. The slightly less expensive monorail may work fine, but this definitely works exactly like you'd expect a $ cutter to work.The rulers and stop are ok, but not great, but that's not why you buy this. You buy this to print 14x21 on a 17x22 sheet and then trim it to 14.00 X 21.00. You use the image as the guide and you get it exactly right on the first try.This is like a Gitzo tripod. You suck it up, you spend the money, and then 20-30 years from now you are still using it, you're still happy, and the cost has long since been forgotten.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cutting well but guide useless for large print

The cutting itself works great. Construction is very good with a few flaws. 

(1): The guides are only good for smaller prints that can fit within the top...Read complete review

The cutting itself works great. Construction is very good with a few flaws. 

(1): The guides are only good for smaller prints that can fit within the top surface. For larger prints exceeding the ~15" length of the surface, it becomes a tedious task to get the exact cut. I've to use a ruler to measure how much to cut. That brings up the 2nd problem.

(2): Because a ruler is needed to cut the exact amount, if the cut is with ~1 inch, the two top metal bars guiding the cutting wheel are in the way, blocking the view from the top to see where the ruler reading is.

(3): The plastic piece pressing against the print appears flimsy, fragile. 

The first two flaws are really pain in the neck. Most of time I only need to cut 0.5 to 1" or less. Each measurement is a horrendous process. Given the high price of the cutter, on balance, I've to take a way two stars. I suggest the maker redesign it, install a metal ruler/guide of just 1-2" long (~0.5-1" wide) sticking out on the side where the paper line up against the side. Doing so allow cutting a small amount off a large paper easily without having to resort to a separate ruler. It is atrocious and unexplainable why a better design/ruler cannot be made, making it the guide almost useless for larger paper (say cutting 16" down to 15.25").

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5.0

Excellent Quality

By Maja

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

Awesome cutter. Smooth, easy to use. I purchased my own to cut and trim prints.

 
4.0

Excellent at trimming prints, but not thicker materials

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

The Rotatrim 24" Mastercut does one thing perfectly: trim prints. I usually print on 17x22 paper and this cutter trims my prints flawlessly. I was hoping it could handle 1/4" foam board as well. It can cut 1/4" foam board, but the cut-off piece is slightly damaged and you'll need to use considerable force. The remaining, trimmed-down piece (the "keeper" piece) resting on the Rotatrim table is fine. Once a print is hot-mounted to foam board, attempting to trim with the Rotatrim unfortunately damages the edges of the print. So, stick to using it for prints only. I do wish the measurement ruler was longer as its stock 12" limit makes it tricky to trim exactly one inch off a 22" sheet. The stock ruler is limited to 2" minimum and 12" maximum. Rotatrim does make an extension ruler but it seems unreasonable to have to pay for an add-on that costs more than half of what the trimmer costs.

 
5.0

Great for trimming photos.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

Beautifully designed and constructed. Makes perfect cuts.

 
5.0

Awesome trimmer!!!

By Marie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

I LOVE this trimmer. Did I say Love?! So , no more buying blades. Cuts like butter. I just organized a large project where I needed to cut 110lb card stock and chipboard. Cut them all like butter. I'm a card maker and put off purchasing this for 1 yr. I tell my husband daily how much I love it. I purchased the 24" even though it seems like over kill but sure enough I needed to cut a roll of magnet (the roll was 24" long ) to secure all my thin metal dies on chipboard. I was happy I bought the big one. It may come in handy again later. Very well made and solid. I don't find it to be super heavy as some people have said however obviously not as portable as a smaller size would be. No regrets here!!! Best price is here at B&H and I have been watching for a year.

 
5.0

Great Product

By David

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

The trimmer works great. Has a cut direction arrow. I didn't realize cut direction matters.The scale worked well for me.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Cutting well but guide useless for large print

By Hongjun

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

The cutting itself works great. Construction is very good with a few flaws. 

(1): The guides are only good for smaller prints that can fit within the top surface. For larger prints exceeding the ~15" length of the surface, it becomes a tedious task to get the exact cut. I've to use a ruler to measure how much to cut. That brings up the 2nd problem.

(2): Because a ruler is needed to cut the exact amount, if the cut is with ~1 inch, the two top metal bars guiding the cutting wheel are in the way, blocking the view from the top to see where the ruler reading is.

(3): The plastic piece pressing against the print appears flimsy, fragile. 

The first two flaws are really pain in the neck. Most of time I only need to cut 0.5 to 1" or less. Each measurement is a horrendous process. Given the high price of the cutter, on balance, I've to take a way two stars. I suggest the maker redesign it, install a metal ruler/guide of just 1-2" long (~0.5-1" wide) sticking out on the side where the paper line up against the side. Doing so allow cutting a small amount off a large paper easily without having to resort to a separate ruler. It is atrocious and unexplainable why a better design/ruler cannot be made, making it the guide almost useless for larger paper (say cutting 16" down to 15.25").

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

quality product

By Kent

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

quality product

 
5.0

highly recommended

By DUCK

from Guangzhou, China

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

Very convenient and easy to use. Sharp and reliable. Never need to worry about change one in your life. But do need to be careful about the two steel. Any deformation will lead to disaster of the whole cutter

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very expensive but worth it

By The Big Kahuna

from Flat Rock, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

I can cut my prints in a flash

 
5.0

Excellent

By SW

from Medina, OH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

      Well built, easy to use and cuts perfectly. Wish I had bought it sooner.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Impossible to dislike

      By Joe

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

          I use the Rotatrim Mastercut Pro 24" for trimming photos. It's expensive, but pays for itself very quickly with all of the frustration it saves you. I used one in in high school 20+ years ago, so I knew it existed, then I bought a regular paper cutter because it was cheaper, then I used a badly maintained Rotatrim at a copy shop, then I used a rotary fabric cutter with a ruler on a cutting mat. All to avoid a $ expense on a paper trimmer. 20+ years of frustration, and all I can say is that I wish I had starved myself in college for a couple of months back then. So much less painful.The 24 is perfect for anything that the 17" wide format Epson printers spew out. It is actually about 30" long and had 24 full unobstructed inches of reliable cutting capacity. It's a dream for photos. It can trim a fraction of a mm from the edge of Exhibition fiber paper without even needing to hold the paper still during the cut.I opted to buy this version instead of the monorail because both are expensive and I knew this would work from experience, and I knew I'm too disorganized to return the monorail if it wasn't what I wanted. The slightly less expensive monorail may work fine, but this definitely works exactly like you'd expect a $ cutter to work.The rulers and stop are ok, but not great, but that's not why you buy this. You buy this to print 14x21 on a 17x22 sheet and then trim it to 14.00 X 21.00. You use the image as the guide and you get it exactly right on the first try.This is like a Gitzo tripod. You suck it up, you spend the money, and then 20-30 years from now you are still using it, you're still happy, and the cost has long since been forgotten.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best cutter/trimmer on the market

          By AlexTardif

          from Sacramento, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

            Not a whole lot to say here - it's a simple, yet very effective tool that does precisely what it claims it can do. QA is high from Rotatrim and everything is designed to last for decades.

            I've had an 18" at first but now print on a larger printer (Epson 3880) and need to cut as wide as 22"... this cutter does the trick perfectly.

            Highly recommend for pro-grade work.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect!

            By AndyE

            from Boston

            Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

            As others have said, the Rotatrim is a precision machine and a pleasure to use. In life, there are some things you want to buy only once. In those cases, get the best the first time. This is the cutter to buy. Thank you B&H for what you do and how you do it.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Cutter

            By Cuda

            from Plainfield, Il

            Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

            Clean and fast cuts every time. Very easy to use, I'm very happy with this purchase. Just a overall great product.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Product!

            By Mark

            from Woodbridge, Ontario

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Studio

              Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

              I purchased this product cause I needed a very reliable work horse cutter and this product does not disappoint! Cuts like a hot butter knife and is very precise. Best trimmer I have ever worked with.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Leave it to the English

              By Bill On The Hill...

              from Corinth, Vermont

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • It Is Heavy Solid
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

                I took del. on this Professional 24" cutter in 3 days after ordering it from B&H. The following morning I put it to use
                for the 1st time trimming 3) 8 x 10 prints on the horizontal & vertical planes by just a whisker in order for them to sit in their respective frames correctly. I couldn't be happier with the results as it cut effortlessly with precise precision. The all steel construction is impressive. The steel curser worked beautifully despite the only neg. review I had read on this professional cutter. It is heavy along with 6 sticky rubber feet underneath, it does not slide around...
                The all steel cutting head fits my large hands comfortably & feels real smooth on the cut stroke & the return sharpening stroke as well...
                I should have purchased this beauty 5 years ago!
                No more straight edges & exacto knifes & gaffs...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Paper Cutter

                By Robert

                from Brewster, NY

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

                    Perfect cuts every time. Very easy to use.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Best

                    By The Erstwhile Photographer

                    from Lancaster, PA

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

                      I had a 20 year old Rollcut 18 inch trimmer that I replaced with this Mastercut. All these years I thought the Rollcut was great. The Mastercut is head and shoulders above. If you want the best, this is it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      The Standard

                      By Orange

                      from NJ

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

                      Simple, functional, durable. It just works.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      expensive

                      By Henry

                      from Jacksonville, Fl

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Rotatrim 24" Mastercut Professional Rotary Cutter:

                      The Rotatrim cut fast and clean. Make the job much easier
                      when you have cut a lots of small prints. Should last for a
                      long time if take care of properly.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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