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Recommendations for sub $400 vinyl cutter for masking use

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Print & Cut Systems' started by motoguy, May 4, 2017.

  1. motoguy

    motoguy New Member

    May 4, 2017
    Central MO
    As the title states, I'm looking for a sub $400 cutter. I will be cutting vinyl for masking use, which I'll use on my powdercoat products/projects. Most of these products will be 48"x48" or less in total size.

    I use CorelDrawX7 for my design work, and I'm familiar with creating vector images.

    I was going to purchase a Cameo 3, but I'm looking at other options in that price range. USCutter Laserpoint II, Vinyl Express R31, USCutter MH or SC. I see the USC Titan 15" is $495, which is more than I'm wanting to spend. However, if it's leaps and bounds, heads and shoulders better than anything else, maybe.

    I'm curious what feedback you may have for the units in this price range. I cannot justify breaking the price barrier I've set, so I won't be going with a Roland, Graphtec, etc at this time. Maybe later, once the low-cost unit proves it's worth, but not now.
  2. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over
    For that price you can get alot of these!

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  3. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    If you aren't using it all the time the SC is decent. Its a little slow and loud but does the job. I've had one for 5 years and never had a problem. A friend of mine has the same one too.
  4. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

    Nov 28, 2011
    Pacific NW
    I would look for a used Graphtec, Roland etc, before buying at least one the US Cutter plotters... my wife went behind my back and bought a US Cutter, what a POS, its a $700 paper weight.

    Not sure about the other brands you mentioned, but ..."You get what you pay for"
  5. motoguy

    motoguy New Member

    May 4, 2017
    Central MO
    It will see regular, but not frequent usage. I'm sure a Cameo 3 would cover my needs. However, if I can get a larger cut area for a similar price, I'd rather do so.
  6. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    anything you can get for under $400 will be garbage, no exceptions. you really do get what you pay for.

    A roll of vinyl is worth more than $400!

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