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vinyl express r31... is it worth 300.00

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Plotters' started by Drip Dry, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Drip Dry

    Drip Dry Very Active Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    Long island NY
    Have a friend (yah, we all have a friend) that is retired from the sign business.
    After 8 years, he's starting a new business. He needs a plotter to to make small things for himself. Job sites, his storefront etc...
    He had an old Zeta that he took out of mothballs, but it wont cut right.

    Looking to help him find something so I don't have to cut everything for him

    Is the Vinyl express R31 any good for 299. It just seems to good to be true. Should I pass it by or can this work for the occasional sign
    I read here that it's made by Graphtec. Is that true ?

    I'm also a little concerned about Sign Warehouse being the distributor and not giving the best customer service

    Thanks for any comments
  2. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    you get what you pay for........how did that $299 car you bought hold up???)))))
  3. Jim Doggett

    Jim Doggett Very Active Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Discussions on it can be found on our site at: http://www.signwarehouse.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?30-Vinyl-Cutting-Q-amp-A


    Jim / SignWarehouse
  4. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I have one and it works good for small things. I actually got it for my 8 year old son to use instead of my bigger ones. I only use it from time to time to do small decals but it is pretty loud. Thats my biggest downfall for it. It is pretty easy to set up too.

    It took my 8 year old about a month to dial it in so that it cuts smoothly. He made a list of vinyl types and the best cutting speed and pressure for each. Kinda makes me proud.

    Anything after about 36" it seems to get a little wonky and not straight anymore so that may be something to consider. I would honestly say to look at the enduracut systems if he wants something easy to use, quieter, and seems to work better.

    Just my opinions but if I had to have the r31 in my shop running all the time, I would go nuts with the noise. Also if you have any questions, Ask Jim. He can get you pretty much any info you need.
  5. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010

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