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Challenge Spartan 185A Automatic Paper Cutter

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The Challenge Machinery Spartan 185A automatic paper cutter offers an extremely powerful and safe production cutting machine, all encased in a sleek design. A great addition for a quick-print shop, copy center, professional office and other on-demand facilities, the 185 Spartan cutter can power through stacks up to 17 ½" wide and 3" thick. The automatic clamp is activated after you press the dual-hand cut buttons, removing the manual step associated with most semi-automatic cutters of rotating a wheel to depress it. The overall cutting cycle with the clamp and blade takes only about 3.6 seconds, so there is little down time. In addition to automatic clamping, after the cutting cycle is completed the front safety shield will automatically open, getting you to your next cut quickly and efficiently. The machine cannot clamp or cut when the safety shield is in the "up" position and the back shield is mounted permanently closed. In addition, the two-handed activation means there is no chance an operator's hands can be on the table during the cutting cycle. Holding true to the Challenge Machinery Company name, the Spartan 185A cutter has been manufactured to these high safety standards, to help ensure there are no accidents. On the front of the machine is a wheel that controls the back gauge location, displaying the exact measurement on a screen while also indicating the precise cut location with an LED optical cutting line.In addition to safety and convenience, the 185A cutter offers a unique knife bar gib, which requires no lubrication or maintenance, but ensures a longer life for your knife holder. If you are ready to speed up production with an efficient and safe cutter, then consider buying the Challenge Spartan 185A automatic paper cutter online. When you buy this durable cutting machine at Binding101, you receive a free stand with rolling castors, two high speed steel knives, three cutting sticks, one tool kit, one knife change safety holder and one jogging block tool. 

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The Challenge Spartan 185-A Electric Semi-Automatic Paper Cutter is a sleek, strong, 18" table-top machine perfect for the professional office, copy center, in-plant, and on-demand printing environments. Holding true to the Challenge tradition, the Spartan 185-A,is engineered and manufactured to the highest of safety standards available in the world. Safety shields cover the front and rear tables. The front-side cut buttons require two hands to simultaneously activate the cut cycle.

Spartan 185-A Automatic Cutter Features:

  • Electric Power Clamping: Generates over 3000 lbs (1,360 kg) of clamping force
  • Independent Clamping Function: Allows for a "clamp only" operation
  • Manual Backgauge Control: Hand Wheel Control
  • LED Digital Backgauge Position Indicator: With ±0.01” (±0.1mm) backgauge accuracy - provides for easier operator interface, higher productivity, and easier repeatable accuracy than a hard to read indicator on a scale as is used with other brands.
  • Laser Red LED Cut Line Light: produces a bright easy to see cut line.
  • Safe: two-hand push button controls and front and rear table safety shields.
  • Auto-Releasing Front Safety Shield: automatically pops open after each cut cycle is completed. This unique benefit eliminates the need for the operator to manually lift the front shield in order to retrieve or adjust the stock after a cut providing increased productivity and operator ease-of-use.
  • Durable: Heavy-Duty steel, cast iron, and cast aluminum construction gives the cutter "Challenge" durability.
  • Maintenance Free: the LED cut-line light and UHMW Gibs result in the SPARTAN 185 being virtually maintenance-free with lifetime durability. UHMW Gibs on front and back of knife bar require zero maintenance and have lifetime durability. It also eliminates lubricant on knife bar that can spoil stock.


Name Challenge Spartan 185A Automatic Paper Cutter
Item # 04CHLS185A
Shipping Weight (lbs) 707
Manufacturer Challenge Machinery Company
Manufacturer Part Number 185A
Brand Name Spartan
Capacity 3" Thick Stack
Model 185A
Operating Method Automatic
Included Supplies & Accessories 1 Stand with Casters, 2 High Speed Steel Knives, 3 Cutting Sticks, 1 Jogging Aid, 1 Tool Kit, 1 User Manual, 1 Knife Change Safety Holder Assy
Power Voltage 120V 60Hz, Single Phase AC
Speed 3.6 Seconds / Cycle
Castors Yes
Dimensions 32 ¼" W x 41" D x 52 ¾ " H
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited
Size 17 ½"
Color Gray/Black
Compatible Supplies & Accessories Replacement Cutting Sticks, Replacement Blades
Max Media Width 17 ½"

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