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Great Startup Cutter
February 20, 2015
I'm not really sure why this gets such bad reviews. Yes I'm sure a few people may have gotten some DOA units, but luckily I wasn't one of those.
1st and foremost, this is not a top of the line cutter, let's be realistic it's $300. That being said, please understand that this cutter is not going to be able to cut out the most intricate of detailed decals. It surpassed my expectations however, and am very pleased.
2nd: The unit is very large, this is not for the hobbyist. Most decals can be printed on a smaller 15" machine. This unit is overkill for me also, but I had the room to spare, and I wanted to be able to cut larger vinyl for vehicle signage.
3rd: YouTube/Google are your friends when it comes to this cutter. In the days I was waiting to receive it, I watched countless videos and read up on different forums. When it came in, I had educated myself enough that I had it assembled and made my 1st decal within 30 minutes, and after a couple of hours I had to make myself stop because I was putting decals on EVERYTHING in my house.
I've seen a lot of bad reviews about the cutting software that comes with it. Again, YouTube is your friend here, and I didn't find the software bad at all. I use Paint.net to create my graphics, then I just use the "Trace Image" button in SCAL, and it works perfectly.
I was surprised by the amount of vinyl they give you with this package. I know it states the amount, but in my head I wasn't thinking it was going to be that much.
In my opinion this is a great value. Obviously I have not had the machine that long, but again it has already surpassed my expectations. I will update this review if there are problems down the line.