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Shawn Bentley

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Post Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:48 pm

putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

hi guys, just looking for some advice, just buying new van and looking to put my graphtec c5100 in there to do work on site if required, a friend of mine says its good to put it on rubber springs or something alike to save the motherboard of the machine vibrating when driving etc, has anyone got any good advice for this and if so how would you attached it etc, also anyone know of any good companies or chippies to build some bespoke racks and desktop etc in rear of van and would like it as mobile workshop, any advice appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Post Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:28 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Our graphtec lived in the van, under a false floor.never had a problem with it in 4 years. We just used a sturdy plastic table for the cutter and another to weed and tape up. Not ideal but broke down in seconds so we can use the van for other things etc. Built in tables or racks limited the can imo
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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:25 am

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

I would imagine sitting it on a bit of polystyrene would absorb any vibration. After all, this is what PC's, TVs and so on are all delivered in by carriers and they get chucked about and banged more often than general travel vibration.
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Shawn Bentley

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:33 am

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

thanks denise and robert, both great ideas, was leaning more to having the graphtec fixed and fold down table for taping on down one side then designing some u shaped ply to hold the vinyl rolls underneath, then a small fold out table for a laptop, picking up a mwb high roof vw crafter next saturday so just trying to get some ideas to kit it out, thanks for input will come in useful, been searching google for any fold down tables but a lot are to small so may go for bracket then fix a tabletop to them,
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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:49 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Shawn
subject to the van you have, hinge a 700mm sheet off the side of the van you can have hinged pull out legs to support it all folds away without really taking up any room

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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:20 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

thanks kevin, got a mwb high roof vw crafter, thinking of getting a carpenter to do a bespoke job and build in fold down table fix the graphtec and do a small pop up table for the laptop, adding some lighting (led), been googling al weekend for ideas.
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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:20 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Shawn
folding down you may have problems with wheel arches on your long table, link below is for brackets which you could use if you are clear of them not cheap but nice & neat just apply your work surface which you could get cut to size in local DIY store. Also look in IKEA they do fold up shelves ready made for you laptop etc. Saves money on carpenter & you will still get a nice job

http://www.sdslondon.co.uk/folding-shel ... 50-kg.html


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Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:46 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Hi Shawn out of interest where would you be using this set up ? Saw one at a market once cutting out vinyl wall graphics is that the kind of thing you had in mind?
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Shawn Bentley

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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:30 am

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Hi colin, no I have a lot of clients where I am working on a job and get asked to do other jobs there while I'm doing job so could do while I'm there with set up or if when fitting something tears can repair on site rather than go back that's all really, so more of a timesaver on production and turnaround etc, cheers Shawn
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:45 am

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Hi Shawn
Thats a pretty good idea not sure i would have room in my van.
I have put an led set up in the back of my van, we do a reasonable amount of out of hours work and its so good. We just used some leds like you use for back illuminating letters double sided taped to the roof and spliced into the existing lighting circuit
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:16 am

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

hi colin thats sounds good, I'm looking to put the same sort of thing in rear of mine, do you run them of 12v or inverter?, I'm buying a mwb high roof vw crafter so good room to stand up in, I've got a couple of hippies i know who are quoting to fit it out as would like it done to last and also to look the part in front of clients, thinking of using brackets kevin recommended as they look like good solid brackets, a lot of my clients are in same sort of trade so when i pull up to do a job i often get people coming up to me saying could i book you in for this or that so would be nice to do while on site and take payment straight away saving time on future days, also looking into having a mobile chip and pin as at the moment i only use in office (can only take paypal payment mobile at the moment).
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:56 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Hi Shawn,

Try this firm for 12v lighting.
www.karajalmarit.com

Gil
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:32 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Shawn if you read Colin's post he has just spliced then into the Vehicles existing lighting circuit. I would do that as well rather than run them off an inverter, that way you aren't eating into the inverters output leaving more for running things like your plotter, laptop & anything else you may wish to run :lol1:
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:46 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

thanks martin totally missed that bit lol must of been half asleep, thanks
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Post Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:47 pm

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

thanks gil will look at those,

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