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Plotter buying guide needed!

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by SUPALOSDOG, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. SUPALOSDOG

    SUPALOSDOG Member

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    I have recently got into vinyl graphics and would like to buy my own plotter instread of paying another shop in town for my jobs. I have had trouble finding good info on what to buy. I would like to buy new and stick with quality brands. I would also like to have the plotter come with tech support, warranty and if possible the software. Pretty much the whole thing... . I would like to see what is available and which is the best way to go.

    I just need somthing dependable to cut vinyl... I would like to spend
    2-3k... I don't want to go cheap and have issues later.

    Is there anywhere in Florida where plotters are sold?

    Thanks guys,

    Supalosdog
     
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  2. Valley_Impressions

    Valley_Impressions Member

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    I have a Summa, and i love it.
     
  3. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    In Florida, you can get a choice of good plotters from

    Advantage Sign Supply - Tampa 800 510-4044
    Grimco - Orlando 800-266-4078
    Sign Supply USA - West Palm Beach
    Diamond Supply - St. Petersburg
    Tubelite - Orlando
     
  4. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    avoid any name with:
    cat, bird, dog themed names or any other made in china cutter.
     
  5. grafxxx

    grafxxx Very Active Member

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    i have a summa d60 24" it's a good machine and like techman said
     
  6. Custom Signs

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    What kinda software are you going to use? Do you already have a Graphics software? I think your choice of software is just as "if not more" important as your cutter. Notice the cutter I have, it has a cat name and I have used it for five years now with no problems at all. I will say that what I know now and talking to alot of people here, if I knew then what I know now I would purchase either a Roland or Graphtec. I don't think you can go wrong with either. And as for as software, I really like Flexi. Just my 2 cents.
     
  7. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    ROLAND CX-300 and you can cut right from corel
     
  8. SUPALOSDOG

    SUPALOSDOG Member

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    you guys rock!

    I use Illustrator to make the art and for now have been sending the files to my local sign guy. He told me he has to adjust the art a little but it isn't that much work to "translate" the file. I have a Mac G4 that I am using with Illustrator. Could I use that to send my art to my plotter to cut? Maybe it's better to work with a pc?
     
  9. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    Graphtec has a great solid Illutrator plug-in called Cutting Master for the Mac or Pc. I've been using it for 3 years now and have no complaints. This is my second Graphtec and I'll buy another if ever needed.
    I'd recommend Advantage Sign Supply too. Excellent bunch there.
     
  10. gvgraphics

    gvgraphics Very Active Member

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    Some of your name brand and quality cutters are summs, graphtec, roland, ioline. These are some of the best brands out there and most of these are work horses.
     
  11. SUPALOSDOG

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    Graphtec Vs Newstar DGI

    What do you guys think of the Graphtec CE 5000 24" Engineering series. What about the Newstar DGI plotters? What about signwarehouse?

    I like the fact that the graph tech comes with a plug in that would work with my mac and illustrator... Everybody's got their favorites, but overall I don't think I could go wrong with the graphtec... according to all the feedback on this forum...

    thanks
     
  12. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    If it were me, I'd look much harder at the FC-series plotters. This is one you'd likely not outgrow.
     
  13. high impact

    high impact Very Active Member

    I've had Graphtec plotters and a cat...older Graphtec ce series are good but they have down graded them tremendously recently. Avoid the ce and go with the fc series. It's a bullet proof plotter and you will love it. The fc series is awesome.

    I purchased a new ce a few months ago and immediately traded up to the fc series. I would compare the ce to the cat = ok
     
  14. chopper

    chopper Very Active Member

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    summa is what I use great tech support and it comes with co cut pro
    that should work with your program//chopper
     
  15. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    CE 5000 24" is good, but if you can , get a FC series.
     
  16. SUPALOSDOG

    SUPALOSDOG Member

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    Just brought home the Graphtec FC7000-75

    Thanks for all your help and advice!!! I found a local tubelite warehouse and found the FC7000... I went ahead and got some oracle for jobs that are in the works. I got it because of it's compatibility with macs and illustrator... without paying for another software package. The machine is beautiful!!!
    just the machine cost us $3,995.00.

    I have a G4 and it runs both OS 9 and OS X. I am having some trouble figuring out the installation but I have the graphtec number for tech support.
    thanks guys!!!
    :U Rock:
     
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