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Summa D140FX vs D140R / D160R vs Something else

Discussion in 'Summa' started by PrintItBig, May 12, 2020.

  1. PrintItBig

    PrintItBig Member

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    Hi,

    We're considering buying one of the below cutters to run alongside our Latex 360.

    It will mostly be used for print and cut graphics, printed and laminated floor graphics and very occasional standard vinyl. We would want to kiss cut but also have the option to cut right through the material.

    We'd be running the machine through Caldera.

    I know the FX model is more limited on material sizes but unless I'm missing something I can only see this being a very occasional minor annoyance and the FX machine is quite a bit cheaper. I've spoken to a couple of resellers and they have advised against the FX machine as it's "just a cut down version of the R" saying it hasn't got as many motors and won't handle heavier material. Not sure how true this is?

    Will we be OK with the FX model (as it's quite a bit cheaper) or would the R model be more suitable?

    Or are we better off with something else perhaps a Graphtec (which one of the reps was desperate to sell me).

    Summa D140FX
    Summa D140R / D160R
    Something else? Graphtec?

    Any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

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    Have had our D-140 for nearly 7 years now - excellent machine for cutting vinyl and prints. The only thing I wish was that I had gotten the 160 version to be able to cut 60" rolls, as we do quite a few wraps and all the color change materials are 60".
     
  3. PrintItBig

    PrintItBig Member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    How do you find the machine cutting heavier stuff like laminated floor graphics?

    Does it handle it OK?
     
  4. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

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    Yes, it handles pretty much all materials well. I will note, that for thicker and harder to cut materials we often switch to the 60 degree blade to aid in cutting. (Reflective, Phototex, extra heavy laminates, etc.)

    For floor graphics the textured laminate we use is no problem for the standard blades, but if you were doing a lot of cuts I might swap out for the 60 degree.
     
  5. Eugene Tan

    Eugene Tan Just Sharing

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    D140FX is basic enough for your work. Thicker materials may be a bit slower as it only has the X motor... btw, HP OEM this model...

    It is as advertised:

    No gimmick
     
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