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Discussion Comparison question Summa Vs; colex, Gerber etc.

Discussion in 'Summa' started by Troy Lesher, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Troy Lesher

    Troy Lesher Merchant Member

    May 23, 2018
    Im just trying to gauge the lineup at this level of finishing equipment, I have a client asking some questions and I want to provide good info, any assistance will be appreciated.
  2. Quark

    Quark Merchant Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    my understanding there are A, B, and C group of cutters. Zund & Esko are A's, Summa is a B, Colex-Gerber-Multicam-Etc are C
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  3. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

    Sep 28, 2017
    Multicam makes a top of the line router, I don't know of any finishing equipment they make. Summa & Graphtec have their fan clubs, but my understanding is they both know how to plot.
  4. axelmk

    axelmk Member

    Sep 18, 2016
    Houston, TX
    We’ve had our Colex 5x10 table for over a year now and we love it. So far the accuracy has been on the ball. Support has been really good as well.
    My personal opinion, the support Presale that I received from Colex over Summa was by far greater. The support we have received after the sale has been impecable.
    Have your customer call me if he needs anything.
  5. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

    Jun 15, 2009
    Mesa, Arizona
    What was your lead time on the colex?
  6. Robert Gruner

    Robert Gruner Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    houston tx

    I suggest you ask the bloggers at this site what it is exactly that your client wants to know. I believe most important is what will be your customers primary application?

    Quark suggests there are three categories, A (Zund, Esko), B (Summa), & C (Colex, Gerber, Multicam, & others). There was a time in the past where Zund and Esko (Kongsberg) were the best choice based on performance for both cutting rigid substrates and routing rigid substrates. Today, both units are still top performers for customers doing high volumes of cutting and routing; and, both units are by far, significantly higher priced than the other units listed. Gerber recently acquired MCT, another high performance cutter/router which competes quite favorably with Zund and Esko but at a slightly lower price point. I believe Summa F series and Colex will compete quite favorably against Zund, Esko, and Gerber/MCT for most ALL cutting applications; however, neither compete favorably against Zund, Esko, and Gerber/MCT if high volume routing is your customers principal requirement. It should be noted that both Summa and Colex are also significantly lower priced than the aforementioned products. Multicam and AXYZ advertise their products as competitive finishing cutters; however, I believe these units are better suited for high volume routing.

    Axel noted that he purchased his Colex over a year ago and: "My personal opinion, the support Presale that I received from Colex over Summa was by far greater." Shame on Summa; however, it should be noted that at the time Axel was soliciting presale advice for a flatbed cutter/router, SummaAmerica had just reorganized its sales and marketing operation in NA. Today, I would expect you and your customer to get equal pre and post sales/service from Summa.

    I hope this clears up some of your concerns. If you want more specific information, post what your client wants to finish!

    Enjoy the day
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