MZ SKEETER

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  1. MZ SKEETER

    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Their CE models blade holder arms were like this picture. This in US was only on the FC models
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Do you have the blade holder sitting in the arm correctly with the flange over the outer ring of the blade holder. Another guy just had this problem.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    OPs from England have been on here, trying to get cutters to work, on different things, and their cutters were different. They came from Graphtec Europe. They showed pictures. Their blade holders arms were different,, The CE 6000 had a different style blade holder arm, that could be put in a front or back position . For perf cutting. It even had the groove in it so the teflon cutting strip wouldn't be tore up. There was something different with the CE5000 also. That may have also had a different blade holder arm. I could not help him, because our cutters were different. That feature was only available United States on the FC line of cutters. Starting at FC8000
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    There are differences in Machines between Graphtec America and Graphtec Europe and other countries.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Maybe the cutters in Canada are different. My FC7000-MK2-75 does not have a screen come up and say that about blade depth. Maybe that cutter is Graphtec Europe? Mine is Graphtec America.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Where do you live? US? What is this supposed to mean? "it may be stuck in the mode for setting blade depth" ? YOU have to set the blade depth manually. This is how to set the blade depth. and force correctly. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel the blade tip our of the blade holder. Take some time and read your user manual. It is on the Graphtec site.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    The way you were explaining the problem, was that it was not moving at all. UP or Down. Did you set the blade in the blade holder correctly for the vinyl you are cutting? That is a blade holder for a CB15 blade for reflective vinyl. Again. Have you ever ran a Graphtec vinyl cutter?
  8. MZ SKEETER

    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    The way you were explaining the problem, was that it was not moving at all. UP or Down. Did you set the blade in the blade holder correctly for the vinyl you are cutting? That is a blade holder for a CB15 blade for reflective vinyl. Again. Have you ever ran a Graphtec vinyl cutter?
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    I don't know what you have done, so that it doesn't come down now.. Does it try to come down if you take the blade holder out of the carriage head? Does the arm move up and down? Trying TEST 2 again.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Can you push the blade holder down by hand? And it comes back up?
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    What does the cutter do, if you go to TEST. Click TEST 2
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    What does this mean "now the cutter runs thru the paces" ? Have you ever ran a Graphtec cutter before? Are you sending the cutter a vector design? Like just type some text in Signblazer. Select it, and send to the cutter.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    GP-GL is Graphtec language. For Cutting Master Only for Graphtec software. Yes, the command has to be on HP-GL for "OTHER" software. Did you see this cutter work before you got it? Did you go to the Graphtec site and download the driver, Install it and run it?
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    I suggested you drop Inkscape for cutting with your vinyl cutter. It is still a great design program. Many people are still using Signblazer, with old and newly purchased vinyl cutters. I have stayed with Flexi starter, because it came with my Seiki vinyl cutter and I like it real well. After I upgraded to a Graphtec, I upgraded my Flexi software and have been using this combo since 2008.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    What happened to FREE Signblazer ? Get what you can afford that works with your machine.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    People are still using Signblazer on Windows 10. You would have to try them, I don't know. I only use Flexi software with my Graphtec. Vinyl Master Cut is cheap enough to buy for cutting.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    Obsolete? Not hardly, I have been running mine since 2008. There are many great softwares that are FREE to use on the Graphtec and get away from inkscape. Graphtec has software on their site for Free as well as Signblazer is free. Mz Skeeter is not a fellow, I am a woman!!
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    First Video I've made

    Glad you liked the Main tape.( NEKOOSA). I used to use the R-Tape. medium tack, paper tape, but after I got a roll of Main medium tack paper tape, many years back, I have only used Main medium tack paper tape. I changed all of my sizes to Main, tape brand paper tape. My decals are mostly large, up to 16 ft long. I have no problems with it and no complaints from buyers.
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    Painting Coroplast & Applying Vinyl

    You stated vinyl in "metallic silver " Oracal carries metallic silver, (Color 090) is not chrome. Lasts many years outside in 651-751-951. But if your looking for 'mirror chrome, I use Avery mirror chrome, It is polyester vinyl. I never have problems with it for outdoor decals. But it has a limit on it, like most polyester vinyls. But stating coroplast signs , sounds like a temp job.
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    megaplot c1261 erro

    Here is the site, and you can contact your tech support. or live chat. http://megagraphic.com.br/plotter-de-recorte-tc1261/
  21. MZ SKEETER

    Upgrade Question

    which 50" machine do you think compares to a Graphtec? Any cheap 50" machine would be a stepper, Steppers cutters are night and day to a servo. I used to own a stepper..Servos are much more precise. PERIOD. We have had people with stepper cutters send us their files for comparison. The details that the Graphtec does to their stepper is night and day. The details of the design are much sharper. They see the difference once we cut it for them. We cut their files. The details come out, and they are not so rounded. I can cut Avery chrome text perfect. down to 0.25 inches. Dakota (Scott has decals posted on here) and Mr300s has decals posted on here, on how small they can cut perfect. Very detailed designs. Question? Why do you think people upgrade to a Graphtec If the cheap stepper cutters are so great? Several on here have both cutters from upgrading. I started out with a Seiki. Plus the Graphtec has guaranteed tracking up to 50 ft. Most steppers can't even track good at 12ft without drifting off. The MH is only 8 ft. Graphtec does not have memory or static problems. The Titan 3 only has a max cutting length of 300 inches, compared to my Graphtec at 1968 inches. Graphtecs measure the width of the vinyl and can prefeed the vinyl to any length and back. Those tracks from the pinch rollers make the tracking straight. Blade holders are different. They are Graphtec style holders and blades. Dakota has had both Graphtec and Roland, vinyl cutters. and has stated many times that the Graphtec is better with details. We have always said if you cannot afford the Graphtec, Then get the Titan 2 or 3, because of the servo motors. My niche' is large vinyl graphics. I can cut 16 ft L x 27" W detailed decals and never have to worry about running out of memory or tracking on them. I can cut stripes as long as I want and know they will be cut straight. Try that with a stepper cutter. People have also traded back their Titans and gotten a Graphtec, just the quality of the machine being better built, they notice. How sturdy the machine and stand are. Most Value cutters are Chinese built vs Graphtecs which are Japanese built. My FC cutters can also pounce paper, which I have not seen any other cutter do, as well as it has an automatic cross cutter blade, which cuts the vinyl off after cutting. Graphtecs can also perf cut, (dotted lines), punch the printed decal out. A Graphtec can be set with 8 different conditions, for cutting different vinyls and materials. Graphtecs come with the Graphtec Cutting Controller, that runs right from my computer. You can change all settings and run order after order,(same color vinyl) from the cutting controller, even cutting off the vinyl and starting a new order. Never get out of your chair. . Any feature the cutter does, you can do it from the controller on the computer. (FC cutters) CE cutters do not have the cross cutter blade..
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    Upgrade Question

    I bought my Graphtec new in 2008, and have NEVER, and I mean never had a problem with it. I cut almost every day and my cutter is original, Same cutting strip and all. The cuts are great, precise and accurate. The Graphtecs are very well built. The tracking is GREAT. The Graphtecs have more features than the Titans. The only Titan coming close to a Graphtec is the 28" Titan 3, Which is about $500 less, and it has less features than a Graphtec. Titan 1 is a stepper, with no contour cutting and the Titan 2 is a servo with manual contour cutting. but we have seen many of the Titans needing new boards in about a year or 2. You don't see Graphtecs doing that. The Titans have not been out in the field that long like the Graphtecs. Graphtecs are built with great precision and quality, They also cut more detailed designs better. I own 2 Graphtec FC vinyl cutters and would buy another. Because Graphtecs are so great, they hold their resale value also. I also purchased 2 Graphtec CE5000-60 for my kids, also no problems with them. Graphtecs also provide more options in software. For a PC or a Mac, and you can't beat the Graphtec Pro Studio for Windows, Over a $1000 software. Pretty close to FlexisignPro. FREE. If you do need tech support, Graphtec tech support is great also.
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    LP3 Suction

    I use bare bones Flexistarter 8.6 for cutting. But years back I was able to pick up for cheap Flexidesigner 10 which is pretty much Flexisign Pro with out the cutting drivers. Last year I was able to pick up on Ebay a Graphtec FC8000-75 30" cutter for cheap. Ya just gotta keep looking and have the money to buy when great deals come up. Craigs List etc. Flexisignpro is top gun. Does it all. The Graphtecs come with many different soft wares, Stand alone design and cutting and others with plugins for Illy and Corel draw. PC and Mac Your welcome. The Rolands come with their own software also. plus plug ins.
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    LP3 Suction

    Setting numbers are irrelevant. But there is more precision in the higher end cutters. Roland, Graphtec and Summa. Each vinyl cutter is different even the same model. Also vinyl can be a little different depending on color and lot. There are no set in stone setting numbers for vinyl cutters. It is all trial and error for what works with your cutter and supplies to make a cut to your liking. That is why you should check your blade and force on the TEST cut feature of your vinyl cutter. As well as checking your blade offset. Roland style blades require you to set the blade offset. Graphtec blade offset is normally always ZERO.
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    LP3 Suction

    That is the video that I am referring to. Credit card is incorrect. It is way too much blade exposed. This is how to set the blade depth correctly. and is posted as a sticky in Instructional Contributions section of the forum. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel the blade tip out of the blade holder. Most value cutters use a Roland style blade. A Graphtec blade is different. Like I mentioned before, I believe this cutter was introduced in 2018. Don't know of many buyers using it.