I feel like a review of the Cutterpillar Pro V3 is in order. I talked about it briefly in a past post, but now I can more accurately discuss it after having it for a few months.
The Cutterpillar Pro V3 is a great cutter. Its blade is sharp. I haven’t gotten any dull cuts. The fact that it doesn’t have a mechanism to hold down the paper is still annoying at times. Sometimes, if I am not careful, the paper does move a bit as I move the blade.
I did have to get mine replaced. It was never exactly the same width on both ends of the paper when I put them together. It was maybe .1-.2 mm off (I suck at reading rulers but if you look on the mm side of a ruler, it is about the space from one line/mark to the next line/mark). I know I didn’t move it anywhere or hold it by the bar so I don’t know what could have happened to make it suddenly crooked. Perhaps I was too excited when I first got it to notice that it was crooked to begin with. I did try fixing the ruler on top, but that did not work for me. Cuts still came out crooked. However, I emailed their support. It took a few days for a reply, but once I did, the process was pretty fast and simple. The person who worked with me was great and replied back quickly. She directed me to a rep who works with the company that ships the Cutterpillars. The rep emailed me a shipping label and exactly 7 days after I sent it, I got the new one in the mail.
I tried the new one out immediately. I must have the worst luck or something because my cuts still came out crooked. BUT it wasn’t as bad as my previous one, so I decided that I will just have to work with it. I notice that sometimes the paper slides under the ruler a tiny bit on the end that is closes to the cutter. Sometimes that helps make the cut straighter but sometimes it doesn’t.
I am a perfectionist so the fact that it is a tiny bit off gnaws at me every time I use it. It is a high expectation to have every single machine be 100% accurate, but at about $100-120 a machine, it is disappointing when you end up with a machine that doesn’t work exactly as stated. My Fiskars trimmer that led me to buy the Cutterpillar Pro because of its tendency to dull blades pretty quickly is actually able to cut exactly straight and it cost me $15.
Overall, the Cutterpillar Pro is a great cutter…if you end up with one that cuts accurately. I still like mine, but that one flaw puts it below my Fiskars trimmer. Nevertheless, their customer service/support is fantastic. If you have problems with yours, definitely email them. Maybe you will have better luck and get one that cuts perfectly.
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As of 06/03/14, I have edited a number of mistakes that were discovered on my Copic Marker Color Chart. Thanks to those who helped me catch them.
Please, if anyone else catches more, let me know!
Thanks for reading,