• Posted by steve on January 9, 2002 at 10:08 am

    Anybody out there uses Graphtec plotters? please give your opinion we have used these great reliable servants for years hardly any bother at all got both 610 and 1220. I know a great scource of plotter blades for all types this guy will also make specials and offer free advice on problems. We cut thickish card on our plotters with a blade system invented by this wonderfull person we use the card letters as templates to make polystyrene lettering up to 100mm thick and 1830 high! if any one is interested i can supply his details

    steve replied 22 years, 6 months ago 5 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    January 9, 2002 at 10:23 am

    yeh sabaru i do.
    we have a graphtec 1380 wide cutter.
    any info on blades and stuff is welcome mate…
    oh and your right they are the dogs ba****s
    when it comes to cutters..

  • Mike Brown

    January 9, 2002 at 2:20 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more Subaru…

    I use a Graphtec FC2100-50 610mm wide plotter. I bought it with my first ever Cadlink system (then called ‘Sign Studio’)that must be about 10 years ago…and the same machine is still going strong – I couldn’t imagine how many thousands of miles of vinyl it has cut…I only ever had a head break on me – that’s the black plastic cylinder that holds the blade bearings, blade etc. which was replaced under warranty. It still has the same rollers, drive belts and all.

    For the first few years I had an extended service/warranty cover on it but it just never went wrong…and seeing as the service contract was something like £400 a year I simply cancelled it!

    Everything I cut is done on this 610mm friction feed plotter – including full size graphics on 40′ tankers etc…it’s all on my web-site.

    When this ‘ol girl finally pops her sprockets then I will just pick up the phone and get something similar in the latest model. I think the cost today would be about £3500-£4500 but just this week I prepared four identical sets of vehicle graphics (as kits only) with a total value of £1280 in the course of two days – to me the cost of the plotter is almost irrelevant over time…

    sorry – what? – oh OK, I’ll shut up now…

    anyway – you’ll gather that I like my Graphtec… 🙂

    more soon


    P.S. ‘They’ say that a car driven by only one person will run better for longer than one used by numerous people…I wonder if the same is true for plotters – what do you think???

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  • Brian Hays

    January 9, 2002 at 4:31 pm

    Graphtecs have got to be the best plotters out there for reliabilty. Graphtecs service is also 2nd to none, are there any other manufacturers left that service their own machines?!

    I for one would rather they went wrong more often though! 10 years is far too long to be using the same cutter!

    Oh and you will be looking at under 3k for the latest model to replace yours Mike. And it will be a bit wider as well 🙂

  • steve

    January 9, 2002 at 4:35 pm

    the car bit is correct mike the wife has driven my impreza once in 2 years that was hairy!! never again great to hear you all use serious plotters when your 610 goes the new ones are PLASTIC! still good but will only cost you £1800 Granthams are good if a bit pricy i have always got a good service from them can i mention the name of my blade man on this board he is superb loves to talk plotters… his wife is a plotter! Subaru

  • Brian Hays

    January 9, 2002 at 4:57 pm

    The 4100-75 is a much better buy than the *plastic* CE-2000 if you can afford the extra grand.

    Much better for tracking, it’s faster, wider & has lotsa fancy functions.

    It is gonna last Mike 10 years after all!

    Impreza Turbo issit mate?

  • Alex Wilson

    January 9, 2002 at 10:00 pm

    We purchased a CE-2000 1220mm plotter after the sign show and it is a great machine. It tracks well and even when pushed to its width limit it hasnt given us any trouble. The only fault we could find is the tape with the guidelines came off the top really easily and we have had to get another one from Graphtec already. Having said that if it lasts us 10 years it will have been a great investment.

  • Robert Lambie

    January 9, 2002 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Alex funny enough mate that strip of tape is loose on ours…
    Roland has the same problem with there cutters. A bit of tape is inadequate for every day use. They should replace it with a bit of aluminium strip. But then again they have done a fine job with the cutter so I wont slag it off anymore. hehe

  • steve

    January 10, 2002 at 8:02 am

    yep prodrive turbo

  • steve

    January 10, 2002 at 8:04 am

    have any of you tried cuting thicker material on grphtecs? ie card ours withthe special cutter will chop 1mm foamex

  • Robert Lambie

    January 10, 2002 at 9:41 am

    havent tried it sab!
    to be honest i think ide just use my router..lol wouldnt want to knacker anything…
    but handy to know all the same.

  • Brian Hays

    January 10, 2002 at 9:51 am

    Lucky man Subaru, i hadta sell mine for something half sensible 🙁

  • steve

    January 10, 2002 at 4:32 pm

    theres nowt more sensible than an impreza Brian, did you like yours? my baby has a big silver pot sticking out of her rear end im sometimes tempted!

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  • Brian Hays

    January 10, 2002 at 4:38 pm

    Yeah guess sensible was the wrong word.

    It mainy hadta go coz i couldn’t afford to fill it up every 220 miles. As i do quite a lot of miles it was costing me a fortune.

    I was gutted when it went 🙁

    One day when I am rich i’ll havva nuvver 😀

  • steve

    January 12, 2002 at 10:52 am

    Graphtec plotter enthusiasts where should i be buying plotter comsumables from ie platterns these are rediculously expensive for what they are any ideas on other materials that could be used for this purpose we have tried all sorts what about strips of cutting mats? we havnt tried that

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