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Re: Next question...Plotters...

Posted By: Darryl Thompson
Date: Friday, 25 June 2010, at 3:19 a.m.

In Response To: Next question...Plotters... (tomz.)

> Hey all, looking for a plotter/vinyl cutter
> to plot patterns and do some light vinyl
> work. What do you guys use? The PO of my
> shop used a projector, and I will to, but I
> have a strong background using Adobe AI as
> well as FlexiSign, so I would like to plot
> patterns using my computer.

> I don't have a fortune to spend on this, as
> the better part of my savings has gone into
> the business just to get in, but that's
> another story :).

> The plotters on ebay look sketchy and cheap,
> and frankly I don't need a 54", a
> 30" would be fine.

> Anyone in the midwest have an old 30"
> that they don't use that works and are
> willing to sell?

> Just throwing it out there!

> let's get another big 'ol debate rolling!

Take this advice from multiple (9) plotter owner. Download a program online called Craigspal. Once you have done that you can search Craigslist throughout the US from one screen. Look for a Graphtec or Summa plotter/vinyl cutter. They both work superbly for neon patterns since they can hold a sharpie for your pen plots.

Email the people you find on Craigslist and most will ship at your cost.

The china cutter as seen in other posts here has bad tracking issues as do US Cutter and Bridge that you see on ebay. I have personally owned a china cutter that was intended for a mobile shop and it proved to be a boat anchor in less than 3 days.

Besides for patterns and older Summa or Graphtec wont let you down and you can still get parts for them unlike the NEW china cutters.

If you need specifics or just general help finding a CHEAP one feel free to call me anytime @ 540-808-7491.

Secondly if you need some software to run it or some pattern letter sets give me a shout and I will e-mail them over, I have a huge sign art and font library for neon in my systems.


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