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Old 03-17-2021, 05:03 PM   #1  
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I love my 6” Tonic cutter... it’s perfect for my needs.

But... I’ll be replacing it for the third time now because the plastic arm near the hinge keeps fracturing, and eventually splitting all the way through. I’ve glued the break for now, but I don’t think it will hold long.

Is this a common issue for these trimmers?
Any recommendations for a similar size trimmer before I just grab another Tonic?
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Old 03-17-2021, 07:20 PM   #2  
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I really like my Tim Holtz mini guillotine trimmer and Tonic makes it! I got it as a gift as use it way more than I thought I would. It's pretty sturdy and I've had it a little over a year now and still going strong. The handle is also comfortable for me to grasp and use. Here is a link to where my husband got it. (and I have to admit, I'm pretty partial to shopping there too!)

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I've had my Tonic mini guillotine trimmer for almost 17 years now, and it's still working great. I use it a lot, especially for cutting acetate and chipboard. I guess they don't make them like they used to. I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with yours.
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I, too, have the Tim Holtz Tonic mini guillotine trimmer and love it. It feels sturdy and after having it for years and using it frequently, it's still going strong.
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I've got two different sizes of the mini's and I've used them for at least 15 years.......love them both and have never had a problem. Which continues to amaze me! Mostly because I'd like to replace the larger of the two with the Tim Holtz version because it's a bit larger. But my original shows no signs of breaking. I may have to bite the bullet and donate it so I can replace it.

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I have had mine for at least 12 years with no cracks. I hope I never have to replace it as the newer don't sound as well made.
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I have the 6 inch and it is not good. Cutting at the "far end" (away from the hinge) it just shreds paper. Yesterday I was doing cotton paper-not thick-total shred. So aggravating. Since it is supposed to self sharpen I will do that a few times often. No help. It never cut at the far end well from day one.

I think the arm also got loose a bit. Not hugging the platform edge like it should.

I know so many people here love them. I am very disappointed.
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I purchased the Fiskars one almost two years ago and it's going strong. Sturdy and still cuts like new. My only beef with it is that the markings only go to 5", but I know that it's 5-1/4" to the edge of the white layer (where the markings are printed) and I made a mark with a sharpie to indicate 5-1/2".

Does the TH or the Tonic come with any kind of warranty? Anyone know if they are responsive to customers and would replace it for you?
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