Skip to content



Ideal Guillotine 5255

  • Same Format as Popular Ideal 5260 – But Fitted With Lid Guard
  • Perfect Option for Sheet Sizes up to SRA3
  • Larger Working Area Than Ideal 4855
  • Touch Screen Control Panel with Presets for A3, A4, A5 & A6
  • Fully Programmable with 99 Programs
  • Programs are Stored via Number Sequencing
  • Repeat Cut and Business Card Cutting Functions
  • Interlocking Transparent Safety Guarding System
  • Powered Pre-Clamping Function
  • Effortless Cutting Utilising High Speed Solingen Steel Blades
  • Patented Easy-Cut Two Handed Cut Trigger
  • Cutting Capacity up to 80mm
  • Automatic Blade & Clamp Return from Every Position (Latest EN Standard Compliance)
  • Red LED Cut Line Indication
  • Manufactured in Balingen “Made in Germany”
  • Optional Side Table Extensions
  • Perfect for Print & Copy Shops, Craft Outlets, Further Education & Corporate Print Rooms
  • Alliance Package Included (See Tab Below for Details)
  • Call or Click Enquire to Request an Official Quotation
Read MoreLess


Demonstration Video


Blade Change Procedure

Alliance Package Included


About Ideal Guillotine 5255

The IDEAL 5255 is a fully-featured programmable guillotine. Capable of cutting the full range of materials in large formats up to B3. Fully electronic operation of both the knife and clamp offer effortless cutting performance. Whilst the pre-clamping function allows operators to check the cut position before activating the knife. Optional side tables allow the work area to be expanded which provides useful extra workable space around the operator and further enhances productivity.

The Touch Screen display allows operators to quickly enter an exact size, select or program their own pre-set sizes, or enter one of a possible 99 programs for future recall. The patented Easy Cut paddle twin hand activation for the blade and clamp are ergonomically designed and ensure even over sustained periods of use the operator remains comfortable. A clear RED Led cut line indicator and electronically controlled paper push function with manual fine positioning complete the package.

The Ideal Safety Cutting System (SCS) includes an interlocking transparent safety guard at the front while a fixed steel cover protects the rear of the guillotine. In addition a self-diagnosis system pin points any faults which may need attention.

Why Ideal?

The quality of the product makes all the difference, the IDEAL Brand name holds an enviable position within the Paper Cutting markets worldwide.

Longevity and precision are the hallmarks of outstanding cutting machines – and what makes IDEAL the first choice for Pile Cutters. The high quality and reliability of the IDEAL machines is the result of decades of experience and engineering competence at the forefront, with which IDEAL are the closest to your printed matter.

IDEAL have the largest range of Paper Guillotines and Pile Cutters in the World, a solution for virtually any environment or requirement from the home to commercial print. If you require a solution to fit, then IDEAL have the answer.

5 Reasons to Buy an Ideal 5255

  • Cuts up to SRA2 in Half which Reduces your Inbound Paper Costs
  • All Electronically Operated for Effortless Daily Use
  • Touch Screen Operation with 99 Program Function
  • Larger Working Area Than 4855 Makes it Easier to Turn SRA3 Sheets in Production
  • Well Known Brand of Guillotine “Made in Germany”

Typical Applications

  • Business cards
  • Stationery
  • Leaflets
  • Menus
  • Flyers
  • Labels
  • Posters
  • Cutting sheets to desired size
  • Trimming Documents up to 80mm Thick
  • Trimming spines for scanning
  • Maximum Cut Width – 520 mm
  • Maximum Cut Depth (Size behind the blade) – 520 mm
  • Maximum Cut Height – 80 mm
  • Minimum Cut Size – 35 mm
  • Cutting Accuracy – 0.1mm
  • Cycling Speed – 3-4 Cuts per Minute
  • Production Capacity – 4-6 Hours Daily
  • Programmable – Yes with 99 Programs
  • Program Storage – Stored as Numbers 1-99
  • Cut Positions in Each Program – 99
  • Blade Type – Super High Speed Steel Only (18% Tungsten)
  • Blade Drive – Electro-Mechanical
  • Clamp Drive – Electro-Mechanical
  • Back Gauge Drive – DC Motor & Belt
  • Blade Positioning – Micro Switch
  • Clamp Positioning – Micro-Switch
  • Back Gauge Measurement – Indexing Disc & Photo-interrupter
  • Safety Guarding – Interlocking Transparent Lift Up Guard
  • Software – Ideal Own Software
  • Power Requirements – 230Vac 13 Amp (Normal UK Socket)
  • Power Usage – 1.1 KW/h Under Full Load
  • Net Weight – 252Kgs
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) 1,293 x 860 x 1,120mm (With Side Tables Width = 1,436mm)

Introducing our Alliance Package, our support does not cease once we make the sale or agree on a deal. At AfterPrint Ltd we are unique; our aim is to develop long term business relationships that ensure you return to buy again when the time comes.

To ensure we are offering the most comprehensive package around all our Ideal Guillotines starting with the Ideal 4315 and through to the Ideal 7260 come complete with our unique Alliance Service Package. This package ensures your new purchase is taken care of correctly from day 1 and throughout your ownership of the product, to do this we include:


  • A Pre-Delivery Inspection is conducted on every machine prior to shipment
  • A site survey will be conducted prior to shipping to ensure the delivery goes smoothly
  • Specialist instrument logistics companies with freight insurance are used for delivery
  • All deliveries are completed with Tail-Lift equipped vehicles & a minimum two-person team
  • Customers are offered suitable timed delivery slots with a 2 Hour delivery window


  • Our Installation Team will arrive at an agreed time to complete the installation (Normally on the same day as the delivery unless otherwise specified)
  • The installation team will complete a thorough check of all processes and operations of the machine against the PDI checklist
  • If the machine has been split into smaller components for delivery, the installation team will re-build the machine onsite
  • Standard installation is ground floor with direct access, splitting the machine and re-building will not incur extra charges
  • Installations required on upper floors will require lift access or extra charges will be incurred. All charges will be made clear and agreed upon before the installation date.


  • Training will be conducted by our trained and certified Guillotine Training Team
  • Training includes Best Working Practices for Safe Operation, General Operation, Job Programming as well as Blade Change Procedures if required
  • All trained operatives will be issued with an official training certificate from our Certified Trainers (Certificates are created and posted within 7-10 days of training completion)
  • Training is completed in small groups of up to three people maximum
  • Training is normally completed on the same day as the installation

12 Month Manufacturer Warranty

  • Manufacturer Warranty on all parts from the date of installation*
  • Warranties cover parts only, They do not include labour or engineer support**

12 Month Alliance Service Package

  • 20% Discount on All Parts (Discount will be taken from Standard UK Sales Price of each Part)
  • Direct Technical Team Access – Designed to speed up the Resolution Process
  • Guaranteed next day appointment for an engineer to be onsite
  • If parts are identified as needed at the initial call stage, parts will be dispatched that day – The engineer can then arrive on-site and fit the parts to complete the repair
  • 3 Month Warranty on all parts we fit (Manufacturer standard warranty is 30 days)
  • No Call-Out Charges for Emergency Calls
  • No Travel Charges for Emergency Calls
  • No Labour Charges (Includes all-time on-site under normal contract conditions)
  • 2 Preventative Maintenance visits per annum (Includes HSE Tests & Certification x 2 for Guillotines)
  • 2 Guillotine Blade Re-Grinds – Blade re-grinds are completed on the removed blade at the point of service in readiness for the next visit in 6 Months (under normal conditions) – Extra blade re-grinds will be charged at £15.00 + VAT per grind.
  • Call out priority given to customers on an agreement (Contracts will take precedence over an Ad-Hoc call out)
  • Unlimited Emergency Call Outs – Within reason, excludes intentional damage
  • Nationwide Service Team Based at Strategic Points around the UK
  • Free Technical Advice on how to set up machinery or complete certain tasks

Have an enquiry on one of our products?

If you have an enquiry please fill out the form below:

Enquiry Form