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lasersharkdesign

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Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:15:41 AM »
Was on Amazon and saw this:
http://www.amazon.com/Sign-Warehouse-Express%C2%AE-Apprentice-Software/dp/B003TPJGWQ/ref=pd_sim_ac_3

And was thinking... $300? For a 31" cutter? That sounds entirely too cheap...

So, does anyone have any experience with it? Whats it missing? I'm looking at getting a used Roland GX-24 and it's more than twice the cost of that thing new.

Anyone own one? Pros? Cons? Looks like a good cheap way to get a wide format cutter, but... whys it so cheap?

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 11:19:07 AM »
I bought a cheap cutter to get myself going and it worked great. I still have it and it is still a great cutter. What I did was just kept looking for the Graphtec that I wanted and finally found it used and got it for $500. And now I will always have a backup cutter is the Graphtec goes down.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 12:05:39 PM »
Got a local guy on craigslist with a GX-24 for a pretty decent price that comes with, what appears to be, by the size of the boxes, a TON of vinyl. Waiting to hear back from him... if that falls through I may try out that other cutter.

I'm just trying to figure out why a 24" Roland is $2000 new, and a 30" Vinyl Express, with software, is $300.

C'mon, someone here's had to have tried it ;)

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 02:01:39 PM »
Probably lots of reasons, step motor vs. servo, free intensive tech support vs. paid/no tech support, warranty, perks, name etc.
I'll never say that my $180 PCut is better than any other cutter out there but it's all I've needed with zero drama.
I also only do signs part time now and have never considered making decals to sell on ebay or at the swap meet or even crafting to want a servo cutter so I'm fine with what I have. But, had I NOT found this job, that might be a different story.
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express´┐Ż Cutter 31"?
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 02:06:08 PM »
The biggest difference besides the price is the kind of detail you can cut and tracking issues. I owned a Pcut for almost 2 years until I moved and didn't have room to take it. It did me well. I did have some issues but not bad, mostly tracking issues. Starting out a $300-$500 cutter should do you well and if you save all the money you make off using the cheap one you can afford to get a good graphtec in no time! Many people have done that!

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 02:15:46 PM »
Got a local guy on craigslist with a GX-24 for a pretty decent price that comes with, what appears to be, by the size of the boxes, a TON of vinyl. Waiting to hear back from him... if that falls through I may try out that other cutter.

I'm just trying to figure out why a 24" Roland is $2000 new, and a 30" Vinyl Express, with software, is $300.

C'mon, someone here's had to have tried it ;)

The cheap cutters do fine work. But then once you get a Graphtec or Roland you will not want to go back to a cheap one for any length of time. I still have my pcut and do not plan to get rid of it as it is a great second cutter for me now. You also have to take into consideration all of the bells and whistles that come with the Graphtec and Roland that are not on the cheap cutters.
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 02:56:50 PM »
Another way to look at it is that "cheap" does not mean bad, it just doesn't mean ridiculously "excellent" which you will get with a Graphtec or Roland.
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 02:58:41 PM »
Trying to get my hands on a graphtec I see online but the guy wont email me back. Grr. I'd rather just go nice right out of the box.

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011, 03:08:35 PM »
Trying to get my hands on a graphtec I see online but the guy wont email me back. Grr. I'd rather just go nice right out of the box.

I went through that for a very long time when I was looking for my Graphtec. If you need to get up and running I would just get anything that can then be a backup cutter. Then spend the time needed to get the deal you need on the Graphtec or Roland.
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011, 03:27:44 PM »
The roland deal just disappeared... but the Graphtec was listed just today. Guy wants $1050 for it. I'd like to spend less. Says he used it 1-2 times, but I dont yet know if he was the original owner.

Is $1050 for it reasonable for it being used? I offered $800 and we'll see what he says. Assuming he calls me back.

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express´┐Ż Cutter 31"?
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 03:30:51 PM »
what model?
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011, 03:38:09 PM »
Yeah that'd help huh?

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Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2012, 04:21:33 PM »
I recently bought one of these cutters and it's great only issue I have with it is it gets lost while cutting like if I have a detailed text graphic I am trying to cut or  a multi layered graphic it will get lost and will forget to lift up the cutter. I own a mac and it does not work on it do I use my gfs windows 7 laptop. From what I have read about this is it doesn't like the drivers on that machine. So I just bought a cheap dell pc with xp on it. I will have the software uploaded on it this week as soon as the wireless card and the cd drive come from eBay. I am just going to operate it via remote desktop. *crossing my fingers* that this solution will work.

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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2012, 05:43:35 PM »
I wouldn't recommend running any plotter wireless the slightest loss of signal will only cost you vinyl. 
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Re: Any reviews of Sign Warehouse Vinyl Express« Cutter 31"?
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2012, 06:27:13 PM »
i networked a folder on my mac with the pc so anything i put in that folder on the mac it shows up on the pc. would it still be batter to do that and then just transfer that file i want to cut onto the pc's desktop?