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Thinking of purchasing a plotter setup

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I am thinking of purchasing a plotter setup, I may go with a 50 inch in case I decide to cut window film. I want to start making decals and other automotive hobby stuff.

What do you guys recommend?

I have all the computer power that I need, so no help needed there, but I would want the unit, stand and anything else that I may need.

I am thinking of cutting out small decals, pictures, wording etc. I may in the future on a limited basis, cut window film for tinting.

Let me know what I should be looking at.

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How much do you want to spend?

I'm not sure, I guess the price depends on what you are going to do with it and how much work is planned.

I want to keep the total operation to under a G, way under if possible.

I basically want to cut some lettering, clip art and things like that. I may sell some stuff that I make, but this will not be a high production thing at least not at first. I am in to the car scene too, so it is always nice to be able to cut some club stickers and things like that.

I see the cutters on the page, from 299.99-999.99 all of which cut vinyl, so I simply don't know. I have never done this before, so it is all new to me.

I have high powered computers, so anything that has onboard processing is a waste to me.

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http://www.uscutter.com/Vinyl-Cutters--Value_c_4.html

I just looked at the cutters on this page and they seem to be in my price range.

All of them cut, so I am not sure what the real differences are between the models. It's a shame that they don't have a compare option. The one model comes in a 36 and 48, that may be better for me as I don't ever see needing something bigger than 36.

24 inch is just on the small side, 55 is more than I will ever use.

I simply don't know what to look for.

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i use a 24 inch and you tile images i have done sings 16'x8' with my 24 refine

True, you can tile vinyl, but if I ever cut film for tinting, I would want it in once piece, so the 36 inch models make sense to me.

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i dont think u need any bigger then 36 i have never cut tint but i know my refine leaves track marks on vinyl so i dont thing it would be good for tint

I'm thinking 36 is probably perfect, the one model I was looking at had a 24 and 55, so I would have chosen the 55.

http://www.uscutter.com/USCutter-LaserPoint-Vinyl-Cutter-w-CONTOUR-CUTTING-Feature-_p_567.html

I kind of like the model above, seems like a newer design and also have the contour cutting and comes in 36.

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What do you cut with it? just text, or do can you do like cartoon characters and stuff too?

I do anything and everything. I haven't cut any text smaller then 1/2 inch but everything else I have thrown at it has been perfect. Some items were pretty detailed and required some time weeding but the cutter did a great job. I did a detailed monkey for my company logo and there were some really small areas that I did not clean up before exporting. They did not fair well on the cutter but we are talking shapes the size of a pinhead. I was very impressed with the cutter considering what I threw at it.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

P.S. - All this was done with the stock blades. I have not installed the Clean Cut blades yet.

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What do you cut with it? just text, or do can you do like cartoon characters and stuff too?

I do anything and everything. I haven't cut any text smaller then 1/2 inch but everything else I have thrown at it has been perfect. Some items were pretty detailed and required some time weeding but the cutter did a great job. I did a detailed monkey for my company logo and there were some really small areas that I did not clean up before exporting. They did not fair well on the cutter but we are talking shapes the size of a pinhead. I was very impressed with the cutter considering what I threw at it.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

P.S. - All this was done with the stock blades. I have not installed the Clean Cut blades yet.

Gotcha, Thanks for your input, I'll probably go with this one then.

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