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Post Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:36 pm

Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

Could do with some honest opinions. We are looking to buy a new cutter to take the workload off our versacamm. Looking for a machine to contour cut pre printed vinyl using registration marks. What machine would be best and what software for easy tracing of the contours? All opinions welcome.
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Post Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:22 pm

Re: Which cutter would you advise on buying?

For me Signlab wins hands down on software.
Vinyl cutters, you can't go wrong with a Roland, Graphtec or Summa.
I have run all three now for many years and can't fault them.
Preferred cutter at the moment is Summa
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Post Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:51 pm

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My choice is Summa. Very happy.
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Post Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:31 pm

Re: Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

Thanks for the replies. Im going to look at the Summa range. Just one thing is the T series a lot better, we do print a few tee shirts and small fonts can be an issue?
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Post Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:48 pm

Re: Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

I would say don't buy the tangential version unless you "really" need it.
Top branded machines like Roland, Graphtec and Summa are more than capable of doing the work you are putting out, even small stuff. Tangental is more accurate in how corners are cut etc due to it lifting and rotating, down and cut, as opposed to drag blades. Tangental is also great for thicker media too, perforation options etc etc
in a nutshell, i would be amazed if you really needed it for general sign work.
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Post Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:22 pm

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Thanks for the quick reply Robert. The tangential is a lot more expensive so the a standard drag knife is the way im gonna go after reading your comment. Cheers bud
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:04 am

Re: Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

Even at over 10 years old my trusty Summa D1400 pro still cuts tiny details and tracks true over many metres, it's an absolute beast!

Spend wisely and a good plotter will give years of service...scrimp and it'll be a noisy, slow, inaccurate regret!

Also, don't be afraid to upgrade to a well cared for used machine if the budget makes sense.

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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:58 am

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if you want this to cut prints from the Roland via VersaWorks then consider a Roland cutter evey thing will work via VW with no problems where as if you have summa VW cannot generate marks for it and you will hav to uses something like winplot to generate marks & cut

Kev

P.S believe that Roland cutters also come with standalone software that can read VW marks as well
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:54 am

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Most good brands of plotter can do really small sizes very accurately.
It is the vinyl that fails before the plotter.
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:44 am

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Simon Worrall wrote:Most good brands of plotter can do really small sizes very accurately.
It is the vinyl that fails before the plotter.

Generally, although Graphtec were putting out some dire 'budget' machines a few years back (CE5000-60) that lacked the quality, speed & accuracy I'd normally associate with the brand.
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:35 pm

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summa every time with a smart knife best performance ever :thumbup2:
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:29 pm

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David you are right about the ce5000 -60. We have one of these and it has put me off Graphtec machines. But guess we chose the wrong machine last time roung.
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:30 pm

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Seems like Summa is winning the vote on this thread. Thanks for you help guys.
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:52 pm

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I ordered a Graphtec CE6000-120 today, it will run along side my CE6000-60 that we've had for a couple of years, it hammers out vinyl and t-shirt film all day long seamlessly. Would well recommend them for quality and price.
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Post Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:00 pm

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Richard James Martin wrote:I ordered a Graphtec CE6000-120 today, it will run along side my CE6000-60 that we've had for a couple of years, it hammers out vinyl and t-shirt film all day long seamlessly. Would well recommend them for quality and price.

I think the ce6000 series is much better than the ce5000.
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Post Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:07 am

Re: Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

We just got a Summa D160 to replace our Mimaki CG160FX ... hands down the best machine I have used... Worth the price tag. Dont look at the price as the issue as it will earn you so much more than the original outlay. Its an investment for years and years of future business :thumbup2:
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Post Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:37 am

Re: Which vinyl cutter would you advise on buying?

+1 For Summa

I have 5 of them, they just keep cutting.

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