30 April 2024

DIY Maintenance and Troubleshooting for Paper Guillotines: Keeping Your Equipment in Top Shape

Proper maintenance and timely troubleshooting are essential to extending the lifespan and ensuring the efficiency of your paper guillotine. Regular upkeep not only keeps your machine running smoothly but also prevents costly repairs and downtime. At AfterPrint, we understand the importance of maintaining your equipment, and we’re here to provide you with practical DIY maintenance tips and troubleshooting advice for your paper guillotines.

Regular Maintenance Tips

  • Daily Cleaning: One of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks is daily cleaning. Remove paper dust, debris, and any other particles that accumulate during cutting. Use a soft brush or a cloth to gently clean around the blade and the cutting area to prevent buildup that can affect performance.
  • Lubrication: Proper lubrication ensures smooth operation and protects against wear and tear. Consult your guillotine’s manual to identify lubrication points and recommended lubricants. Typically, it’s beneficial to apply a light machine oil to moving parts periodically, depending on usage frequency.
  • Blade Care: The blade is the heart of your paper guillotine. Keep it sharp to ensure clean, efficient cuts. If the blade becomes dull, it requires more force to cut, which can strain the machine and produce poor-quality cuts. Learn how to sharpen the blade yourself if it’s practical, or schedule professional sharpening services regularly.
  • Check for Wear and Tear: Regularly inspect your guillotine for any signs of wear and tear, especially on components like the blade, cutting stick, and other parts that undergo frequent stress. Replace any worn or damaged parts promptly to keep the machine in good working order.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Paper Not Cutting Cleanly: If cuts are not clean, it could be due to a dull blade, an incorrect paper stack alignment, or a damaged cutting stick. Check and replace or adjust as necessary.
  • Paper Jamming During Cuts: Paper jams can be caused by trying to cut too many sheets at once or by a misalignment of paper. Reduce the stack thickness and ensure that paper is properly aligned in the cutter.
  • Guillotine Not Cutting Through All Pages: This issue often arises from a dull blade or insufficient pressure. Check if the blade needs sharpening or replacing, and ensure that the pressure applied during cutting is adequate.
  • Unusual Noises During Operation: Listen for any unusual noises, which could indicate loose components or parts needing lubrication. Tighten any loose parts and lubricate moving components where necessary.

When to Seek Professional Help

While many maintenance and minor repair tasks can be handled in-house, some issues require professional attention. If your guillotine experiences persistent problems despite your troubleshooting efforts, or if you’re unsure about performing certain maintenance tasks, it’s wise to call in the experts. Professional servicing can address complex issues, ensure your guillotine is calibrated correctly, and help avoid bigger problems down the road.


Maintaining your paper guillotine through regular DIY care and knowing how to troubleshoot common issues can significantly enhance its performance and longevity. At AfterPrint, we’re committed to helping you keep your equipment in top condition with our expert advice and professional support. Remember, a well-maintained paper guillotine is key to efficient, reliable operation in any business setting. For more detailed guidance or professional maintenance services, feel free to contact us anytime.