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Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by txhotrod, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    My vinyl cutter has suddenly died. I need to purchase a new one, but I want one that is going to be reliable for many years. I see so many new brands on the market, so many now I am confused.
    I do mostly signs and HTV shirt designs. What cutter would you all recommend? I don't have unlimited funds to spend. Looking for your advice.
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    I saw a Cricut Explore for $149 at Tuesday Morning yesterday.
     
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  3. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    OK, maybe I need to be more specific, I run a pro tshirt, decal company. I want a 24in cutter equal or better than the one I had go down. It was a GCC Jaguar IV. Worked great for many years and met my needs for present. I would probably consider a larger cutter maybe a 30 or 40 inch one. So I can consider doing larger jobs. But a top quality 24 will suffice. NOT a cheap hobby cutter.
     
  4. iPrintStuff

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    Can’t go wrong with a summa. Tracking is excellent and once they go in the field all you really need is new blades and the odd cutting strip if you go really heavy on it.

    As far as cutters go, I’m pretty sure most of them are pretty sturdy so any name brand should serve you well. Not much that can go wrong other than the usual consumable stuff.
     
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  5. Jburns

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    In order that I would prefer: Summa, Graphtec FC then CE, Roland GS.

    If you want "Reliable for many years" spend 1500 Plus for one of the above.
     
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  6. RICHARD SIMMONS

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    I have a Summa to for more than 15 years, and still working OK !
     
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  7. 2CT Media

    2CT Media Very Active Member

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    My company upgraded from a GCC Jaguar IV to a Summa T series... It's night and day and worth the money!
     
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  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Have a couple of GX24s, one is going on 10 yrs. Use it for shirts, applique fabric cutting and all that good stuff. As was already mentioned, stick with name brand, more often then not, they'll do right by you. Always a chance that one gets a dud, but I would say the odds are less with one of those, but possible.
     
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  9. Rick Alberda

    Rick Alberda New Member

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    What size Plotter are you looking for? 15" 36"
     
  10. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    He LITERALLY said " I want a 24in cutter equal or better than the one I had go down".
     
  11. IsItFasst

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    I went from a Jaguar to a Roland GX-24 a few years ago and I felt like it was a step backwards. This year I bought one of SignWarehouse's machines (Q30) that is a relabeled Graphtec FC8600 and it is night an day difference over the machines from the past. If funds are truly unlimited then I'd go with a Summa as they are the best ones around from what I have read in other posts like this one.
     
  12. iPrintStuff

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    no merchant member = no party.

    Get the relevant subscription before you go flogging your wares.
     
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  13. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I got my old Vinyl Express to work again,not near as fast as the Jag but... so I am going to save up for a high end cutter either a Summa or a Graphtec.
     
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    #NoFreeWareFloggingZone
     
  15. Justin H

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    Lol, you quoted so when the post was deleted it's still there. You're assisting the free promotion ;)

    To the OP, you could go with a Jaguar V if you liked the first Jag you had the V has some improvements. Could also look in to repairs, cutters are simple things and not very hard to repair or have repaired assuming you can get parts.
     
  16. Z SIGNS

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    I have always had good luck with Rolands.I still have a fine working pnc 1000 that I bought 25 years ago. Still works perfect.
     
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