Are you looking for the best mount cutter for your framing projects? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll explain the different types of mount cutters available on the market, and we’ll help you choose the one that’s right for you. We’ll also discuss factors to consider when choosing a mount cutter, such as different budgets, size of work, and the quantity of jobs you plan to do. So whether you’re a professional picture framer, hobbyist or a DIYer, read on for all the information you need to choose the best mount cutter for your needs!
What Size Mount Cutter do you need?
The most important factor is anticipating the size of the mount you plan to cut as you cannot cut mounts bigger than the size of your mount cutter. For example, if you are going to be cutting large mounts over 81cm then you need to be looking at the larger mount cutters, these typically have a board size of 101cm (See the Logan Mount cutter 450 & 550 models). However, If you’re only looking to cut smaller mounts up to 81cm as a maximum board size will be fine (See the Logan Mount cutter 301 & 350 models).
How many Mounts will you cut and what is your budget ?
After you have established which size mount cutter you require, the choice is based on affordability and quantity you expect to cut. For very light usage you can make do with less stability support meaning you can look at the cheaper handheld cutters available. Products like the Team systems 61cm & 101cm are the cheapest model but they do require a steady hand and good measuring techniques.
If you feel you may require more stability and support then you should keep an eye out for mount cutters with items like the Straight cutter, production stops, pull cutters and squaring arms which all assist in providing a more supported cut also allowing you to cut fast if you have larger quantities.
For modern usage or if you would prefer additional support, I would recommend looking for systems with handheld straight cutters and production stops as a minimum, the Logan Mount cutter 350, 450 & 550 models all provide these features. As you move up the models the level of stability increases and most of the systems include Production stops and a straight cutter as standard.
The squaring arm/ bar allows you to be sure you’re cutting at a square angle. The Squaring arm offers a much larger and more accurate guide than the squaring bar and extends out by 68cm and can also be used as a measuring arm. The Squaring bar on the other hand does not extend out and offers only a small bar to push your mount against in order to make sure your mount is square before cutting.
Mount Cutter Comparison Table
|Product name||Product image||Maximum board size||Maximum board size||Straight cutter||Push or pull cutter||Production stops||Squaring bar or arm||Price|
|Logan Team Systems – 61cm||61cm||N/A||❌||Push||❌||❌||£64.99|
|Logan Team Systems – 101cm||101cm||N/A||❌||Push||❌||❌||£84.99|
|Logan Compact classic 301-1||81cm||114mm||✅||Push||❌||❌||£165.00|
|Logan Compact Elite 350-1||81cm||114mm||✅||Push||✅||Squaring Bar||£199.00|
|Logan Artist Elite 450-1||101cm||140mm||✅||Pull||✅||Squaring Bar||£314.99|
|Logan Simplex Classic 550-1||101cm||140mm||✅||Pull||✅||Squaring Arm||£419.99|
Which Mount Cutter Will You Choose?
Logan Team System – 101cm (40 inch)£84.99 inc. VAT
301-1 Compact Classic Mount Cutter£165.00 inc. VAT
Logan 550-1 Simplex Classic Mount Cutter£419.99 inc. VAT
Logan 450-1 Artist Elite Mount Cutter£314.99 inc. VAT
Logan 350-1 Compact Elite Mount Cutter£199.00 inc. VAT
Logan Team System – 61cm (24 inch)£64.99 inc. VAT
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Courses For Learning to Cut Mounts
Basics of picture framing
Topics covered in 1 day course
- Identifying the key elements of a framed picture.
- How to cut a standard mount using specialised tools, for the mounting of a picture.
- Basic methods for attaching a picture to the mount.
- Cutting picture mouldings and joining them to create a frame for the mounted picture.
- Cutting the glass and backboard to fit the frame.
- Assembling the framed picture, including sealing the picture back and adding a hanging cord
Art & photography framing
Topics covered in weekend course
- Everything covered in the 1 day course plus;
- Explore the different presentation and displaying techniques available when mounting a picture.
- Discover and choose the right mount & style for your artwork.
- Learn how to cut double mount
- Learn how to cut shadow mounts
- Learn how to float mounts
- Learn how to plan & cut a multi-aperture mount with several openings for a group of photos.
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More articles about framing
- The components of a basic frame
- How to cut a Mitre for moulding in picture framing
- How to join a frame
- Learn how to make frames on one of our courses
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