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Material preference for the Big Squeegee

Discussion in 'Polls' started by The Big Squeegee, Jan 6, 2016.

Choose the material you would prefer for the Big Squeegee

Poll closed Feb 5, 2016.
  1. Aluminum

    7 vote(s)
    22.6%
  2. High Impact Plastic

    7 vote(s)
    22.6%
  3. It don't matter to me

    13 vote(s)
    41.9%
  4. I prefer the old style. Don't make changes

    4 vote(s)
    12.9%
  1. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    I've been making the Big Squeegee for 10 years. It is time to do an upgrade of the product and I need to see what to expect from the market. I do have some competition that is making them out of aluminum so, I would like to hear from folks that have purchased those as to how satisfied they were with the aluminum version. However, the new Big Squeegee will be made in the same form as it has been. It will have some new features that will make it a more versatile tool.
     
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  2. thewvsignguy

    thewvsignguy Active Member

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    For me, I've only used the BS so I can't say what the benefits of the Aluminum are.

    What is the additional weight of the Aluminum ones

    What is the additional cost of the aluminum ones

    The HIP seems to work well for what we do, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I can see trying to make improvements but on what?
     
  3. signcrafters london

    signcrafters london Very Active Member

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    ^ Same. Never used anything but BS. Does this mean you won't be able to combine 2-3 small BS to make larger sizes like your were planning to do with aluminum? That was intriguing.
     
  4. Vinyldog

    Vinyldog Member

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    I have two that I've been using for about eight years now and they still work great. Not sure how you could improve much on that.
    Possibly flames or a wing. That makes everything go faster.
    Or a more exotic name. El Granda Squeegero?
     
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  5. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    The aluminum will not change the weight or the price as far as I know.

    The tools are made of PVC now so the HIP will be less likely to crack, break or warp. The change will add a handle the entire length and provide an attachment point to add an extension handle for floor graphics.

    The new design will allow a roll mount to placed anywhere on the squeegee so the roll stays on the tool. This will make wall graphics easier to work with.
     
  6. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    You will be able to combine 2 or more squeegees with the new design. I'll also attempt to get the plastic tools to match the aluminum tools(wings).
     
  7. signcrafters london

    signcrafters london Very Active Member

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    In that case, doesn't matter to me what material you use.
     
  8. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Use whatever works the best, lasts the longest, and costs the least. Form follows function.

    Do you have any pictures or sketches or anything?
     
  9. TheSnowman

    TheSnowman Major Contributor

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    If it's the same weight and cost, I'd probably go aluminum. Mine are still going strong probably 8 or so years later, but I did bust the corner off of one of my big felt squeegees at some point, probably when it fell over or I laid it down too hard.
     
  10. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    same here, the corner on the base piece (white material) has been broken off

    as long as they function the same and continue to be a main part of the everyday usage then I am open to either option
     
  11. NateF

    NateF Member

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    I cracked the PVC in ours at some point. Not a defect in the BS, but just that we dropped it. I think aluminum would be more resistant to cracking, but also concerned that it might bend more easily if dropped on the corner. PVC might survive smaller drops better without being damaged. Since it's important that the felt edge be straight, maybe the aluminum under the felt would need to be replaceable in case it gets bent or dinged.

    Another thought - more than once I've had a panel laid on a table, applied a print with the Big Squeegee, and then accidentally bumped the face of the new sign with the big squeegee as I carelessly lifted it off the table. Since it's made from PVC with no hard edges, no harm done. I do the same thing with our 54" sooper ruler, and I damage the sign. So maybe PVC is a better material in those situations.
     
  12. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    I plan to cover any part of the aluminum that could damage the print, However that is no guarantee that a corner will bump it. If the corners get covered, it will interfere with joining two lengths. The bending concern has been addressed and I'm pretty sure the grade of aluminum that we use will be pretty hard to dent or bend from a drop. If you run over it with a truck...well, that's another story.

    I don't want to put my eggs in one basket so I will go for both. The plastic will not be PVC. A high impact plastic will be used.
     
  13. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    The die for aluminum has now been submitted for construction. It will take about 30-60 days to get product. The aluminum version will be slightly heavier than the current tools.
     
  14. Jacob Singer

    Jacob Singer Member

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    "Chose"?

    I'd choose an editor.
     
  15. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    Ok, the new version is made from extruded aluminum, right?

    Can we see a drawing of what the heck this new contraption will look like?

    Is it FLAT or the cradle style or a combo of both?
     
  16. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    T give you a educated answer I need to know what your completion has to offer, so what is this aluminum competitor you are tailing about above?
     
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