Please join me in welcoming the latest member to the Sprouts Press team – a Triumph Cutter 4700 series!!! It’s a stack cutter that can handle 2 and 3/8 inches of paper all at once, when serviced and in peak condition! Woot!!
To be honest, I’ve dreamed of having one of these machines in my studio for a long time now. It’s still a little unreal that it’s actually standing behind me as I type this! It’s an older piece of equipment, worn in and well-used, but trustworthy nonetheless.
To bring this into reality, here’s a story about it.
We arrived late to pick up the cutter, damn rush hour traffic. But it was still there, it wasn’t going anywhere. It took 4 of us to lift it onto a dolly and just as many to navigate through doorways and narrow hallways out into the daylight. We loaded it into a taxi. That’s right, a taxi. Then, once at my home studio, we nearly couldn’t get it through the door. I almost had an additional studio space in the hallway of our building, ha! However, we strong-armed it through the door, over top of the banister and into the safety of our living room.
Next project: getting the Triumph into my upstairs studio. This required negotiating a turny, narrow staircase, while carrying a too-large 300lb piece of metal equipment. Attempt #1 failed, it was disappointing. However, a new day brings new perspective and I figured out how to take it apart, which made things a bit easier. It was still a heavy load. Eventually, we managed to finagle it up the staircase without any yelling or tears. Success!!
Next up, servicing and tune ups, blade sharpening and handle-fixing. I’ll keep you posted on the status as I journey into stack paper-cutter land!