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CE vs. FC?

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by MAB SIGNS, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. MAB SIGNS

    MAB SIGNS Very Active Member

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    I'm wanting to purchase my first plotter, if I were to choose a CE3000 what would I be missing from an FC machine which I have used while working for others? I do love the Graphtec FC's but would only want to upgrade to one if I took my love for signs beyond my own garage. I should ask someone at Graphtec this question but also wanted a shop owners point of view who may have upgraded from one to the other. Thanks in advance!

    Mark
     
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  2. Derf

    Derf Very Active Member

    I have a CE now and I miss my old FC1200-60 The Summa we have is cool to but I still miss my old FC2100-60

    Go with the FC

    I hate the CE for the fact it errors out if you do not have enough slack. My old FC would snap a roll of vinyl apart before it would ever error out.
     
  3. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    If you do a search you will find out the fc does the same thing.
     
  4. Derf

    Derf Very Active Member

    Damn.... That sucks
     
  5. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

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    Less downforce on the CE, but is great for someone in his position. However, if you are going to do a lot of production work, cutting materials such as thich convex, reflective etc. Go with the FC series for high production runs. Also 4 point registration for the OPOS versus 3 I believe on the CE. Better tracking with the FC versus CE. Basically go with the FC if you plan on doing high/long production runs. Working out of your garage, lower production runs, save money go with the CE.
     
  6. MAB SIGNS

    MAB SIGNS Very Active Member

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    Thanks guys, if I were to get into production work I'd upgrade but for now I'd just be satisfying my own thrill of signmaking so a CE sounds fine. I just didn't want to jump into a machine with alot of problems or limitations.
     
  7. Derf

    Derf Very Active Member

    Yeah... the CE has not let me down and is a good machine... Un like my Roland that sits in it's coffin under the work table (dead of a brain failure"Main Board")
     

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