buying a paper trimmer

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    I am going to buy a paper trimmer. However I have a couple of small concerns regarding the size. I have my eye on one which has a 11.5 x 15 inch base and a 12 inch cut I would be guessing right in guessing that this cutter can cut 8.5 x 11 paper to 8x10? Correct? If not could someone give me the dimensions on a cutter that I should be using.

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    My base is 12" by 12" with a 12 inch blade and it does just fine with 12 inch paper to any size I want.
     
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    So how do I know which base I should purchase? Also, if the trimmer descr5iption says 12" that is just refering to the blade size?
     
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    The blade size depends on whether it's a rotary or guillotine trimmer. Generally, the longest dimension is the largest size paper that you can cut in that trimmer. So with a 12" trimmer, you can cut any size paper up to 12". I can't think of any scenario where you wouldn't be able to cut a piece of paper smaller than the dimensions of the trimmer. Here's some info on choosing a paper trimmer:

    http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Scrapbook_Basics/Getting_Started/871.php

    It's geared more toward scrapbooking, but explains the basics of paper trimmers, so you may find something useful in it.
     

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