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Receipt printers can have either an autocutter or tearbar mechanism built-in to the printer to help separate a printed receipt from the paper roll.
- An autocutter printer will have a mechanism embedded inside the printer which is shaped similarly to either a pizza cutter or knife to automatically cut the receipt for an employee.
- A tearbar printer is often used in restaurants or retail environments when an employee manually wants to tear off a receipt for the customer. Tearbar printers will have a set of jagged teeth positioned above the paper path to help cut the paper when pulled by the employee.