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Ideas for new tools.

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by The Big Squeegee, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    It is getting to be pretty slow as the winter time always is. It's time to take a good look at what the sign writers need that is not available.

    I made this video to show a couple of thoughts I have. What do you think of it? any more ideas?
     
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  2. Sign-Man Signs

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    Handy tool Dale.
     
  3. That's a pretty handy gizmo!

    Also dig the splitter thing.
     
  4. mikey-Oh

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    did it rip the corner on the bottom left of the print?
     
  5. petesign

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    Yeah, what did you split the backing with?
     
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    I put a 2$ bubble level on the big squeegee a long time ago.... just for that type of applications ......what would be the price for this type of tool and when people see it ...why would they buy it for your price when they could just add a 2$ level from the local harbor freight?
     
  7. jiarby

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    how many graphics have you cut in half with that slitter?
     
  8. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I am interested in that slitter as well. I have seen them at my screen printers but have never found anyone who sells them
     
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  10. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    No, the missing corner was because I went dumpster diving.:popcorn:

    That was a very rough prototype that I slapped together. I plan to get them made on a large scale if there is any interest for something like that.

    You can also use it to slit the backing before placing on a sign blank to make using the Big Squeegee for center hinging much easier. It would probably come in handy for splitting the backing on wraps as well.

    Yes, you can put a bubble on existing tools. I put them on the new ones for your convenience. The $3.50 extra hardly pays for time to mount it.
     
  11. fmg

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    Mos Def! Great little tool that would be.
     
  12. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    I knew that one existed.

    I wanted one that would mount on the squeegee so it would be more readily available. The one I am working up is much much simpler than that one. The one in the video is square but what I have been designing is 5/8" diameter and about 1" long.
     
  13. J Hill Designs

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    I use an old blade holder with blade from my pnc950...set blade depth in about 15 secs on a scrap of the same material and you are good to go :thumb:
     
  14. mikey-Oh

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    hahaha, sweet
     
  15. insignia

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    +1 for the splitter, we'd buy several, we have a number of customers who request split backing on decals and we're currently doing it with a cheap letter opener from the office supply store but they don't last long and the blades aren't replaceable. If yours was able to use a standard razor blade or #11 Xacto blade I think it would sell pretty well.
     
  16. ChiknNutz

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    I tried contacting this outfit quite a while ago and never could get anyone...are you sure they are still around?
     
  17. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    I'm planning on a 5,000 piece order to see how they sell. I haven't got any prices back yet but I think they will sell for under $15. The blades will be made of cobalt steel and should last much longer than an Xacto blade. Blade replacement will be very easy and not much more costly than an Xacto blade.

    Some of my trials have shown me that I need a special blade for this purpose.
     
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  18. signage

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    Let us know when you get them going! Do you need someone to test one?:) If so you can count me in!
     
  19. Rojo

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    +1 on keeping us up to date on the slitter. I'm up for a couple whenever they are ready.
     
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