Guillotine

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Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Guillotine

This illustration shows our Challenge Titan 265 guillotine. It is an all-hydraulic guillotine, which means that both the cutting blade and the hold-down are powered hydraulically. The hold-down can be operated manually as well. Like the board shear, it has a movable fence for making any number of successive cuts, all to the same length and/or width. The guillotine differs functionally from the board shear and it is used to cut only paper. Its cutting action is that of a knife, and its single blade is razor-sharp. Once the work is positioned on the tool's table and secured by the hold-down, the buttons (both) at the front are pushed and held to activate the blade. As a safety feature, if either button is released, the blade stops and retracts.


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