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Plotter for my Epson GS6000

Discussion in 'Epson' started by baxter gamble, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. baxter gamble

    baxter gamble Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    I've had my Epson GS600 for nearly a year and really like it. We have a Graphtec plotter that I can not say the same thing about. Actually it is the 2nd Graphtec plotter. Had to send the 1st one back because it didn't cut properly. Well after a year I'm really tired of the Graphtec problems with print/cut registration, can't find reg marks, cut are out of alignment with the print etc etc. We have tried Corel 11, X5, the Onyx and Colorburst rip and Cutting Master. Waht about cutting from Illustrator, does that make any difference? Lots of calls to the seller and to the Graphtec tech guys. No real fix, it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. No rhyme or reason why or when it works.

    I think I want, acutally need a new plotter. What are you using with your Epson GS 6000?
  2. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    Been there, done that with Graphtec...

    Been running our Summa S160D for about 4 years now with zero problems. print-to-cut out of Onyx has always been perfect and smooth for us as well, we're on X10 now, but we've been using it since v6 without any problems. I highly recommend the combination, and it works great with our GS6000.
  3. MachServTech

    MachServTech Very Active Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have been using a Summa 160D for about 2 years. No problems. Good print cut registration system.
  4. Graphics2u

    Graphics2u Very Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    I don't have the GS6000, but as far as a plotter to contour cut with I don't think you can find an easier one to use than what I've had for the last 5 years, Mutoh Ultima SC1400D. I think it has been upgraded and now called a Kona 1400 now. Awesome registration alignment system. Uses a built in laser to align itself to a registration box printed around the contour area. It will consistantly cut a -0.02" contour around a print nearly perfectly.

    I think there is also a 64" model for your size printer if you need that.

    I will say while it works great on countour cuts and registration, I wish it was a little better at small lettering like 1\2" or less. I had another cutter that I used for stuff like that and it was great but it bit the dust and this one just doesn't seem to be the same.
  5. ColesCreations

    ColesCreations Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    We've used a SummaSign T1600 pro for the last year with no issues, along our Epson GS6000. Before that, we had a Summa T-140, which also was excellent, but traded it for the wider and newer T1600, but have never actually needed the extra width, we're now using a Summa S-140D, first time trying drag-knife, which is not impressive, but quite OK. The Summa OPOS system is great, hardly ever any problems, even cutting along narrow contours.

    We are now stuck with 2 Summa cutters (and an old Mimaki GC-121) after byiung some equipment from a competitor going out of business, just need one, so the others are for sale. (not selling both the Summa's though).
  6. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Columbus, Ohio
    Yet another satisfied Summa user here.
  7. robr

    robr Member

    Mar 16, 2009

    Got my gs6000 today bye bye hp9000. Setup on friday let you know how it goes.
  8. parrott

    parrott Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Vol Nation
    Running the GS-6000 and Graphtec plotter as well. We share the same frustrations mentioned, but are still trying to work with it. We have made several calls and even had a graphtec techinician come to our facility, but diagnosed it as user error. I am not convinced that it is user error but that the machine is sub-par.

    PHILJOHNSON Sales Manager

    Jul 23, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Summa S Class Cutter

    Hello Baxter,

    I just sent you a PM with additional information about the Summa S Class D Series cutter. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about our equipment.

    Best Regards,

    Phil Johnson
    Summa Inc.
  10. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    Gees, I cut 200 feet of 3 x3.5" decals on 30" x 32" print sheets on my Graphtec FC7000-100 last week without a hitch. That's about a roll and a third of Oracal 3164. I set up the sheet in Illy and run them in groups of 5 sheets from my RIp with Cutting Master corner registration marks.

    I can usually get the stock perfect enough to plot the whole roll, 5 at a time, without having to re-register the roll. I absolutely love my Graphtec. Got my first 24' back in 89, upgraded about 6 years ago and than got the 7000 when I needed the arms.
  11. baxter gamble

    baxter gamble Member

    Apr 20, 2005

    Are you interested in upgrading to a larger plotter. I might be convinced to sell this one.
  12. Sashatronics

    Sashatronics Member

    Apr 15, 2007

    I am interested to purchase graphtec. Pm me
  13. baxter gamble

    baxter gamble Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    The FC 8000 is for sale, give me a call (907) 258-5700
  14. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I share your frustration with this setup. Also running GS6000 & Graphtec (no-reg-mark-findin) plotter. I gave up on it & register it manually now; PITA. Even then after a couple plots I have to re-register & fix feed before continuing. Support also sucks through our supplier; quoted me $500+ just to come check it out!
  15. D&Tgraphics

    D&Tgraphics Very Active Member

    May 17, 2007
    Lockport, NY
    Which Graphtec model is giving you the issues? I was having the same problems with my ce5000 model and just recently upgraded to the 8000 series and WOW what a difference. It's a great machine and is dead nuts on all my cuts now.
  16. baxter gamble

    baxter gamble Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    It was the fc8000

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