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  • Hands up who did the first 5 years of their apprenticeship on one of these

     John Lacey updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 6 Posts
  • John Lacey

    Member
    January 28, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I remember spending weeks and weeks non stop pushing out perspex letters for an Esso contract. Wasn’t allowed to do actual engraving. Still have a lump where the stylus stuck in my hand!


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  • Peter Munday

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    January 28, 2020 at 9:30 am

    We had 12 of those machines running in my old firm, did hundreds of thousands of labels for the MOD. All done on automatic machines nowdays.

  • David Hammond

    Member
    January 28, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Used to have a desktop one when I worked at the funeral directors for engraving coffin & casket plates.

    Always remember going up behind the garage manager who was concentrating on engraving, and twisting some bubble wrap behind his head. He jumped about 3ft off the floor, threw the machine across the workbench, by which time I was legging it out the door, with him not far behind. 😆 😆 😆 He thought it was the machine arcing and going to electrocute him 😆 😆 😆

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I know what it is, but I never used one. the only engraving I have ever done over the past 30 years was with a CNC router and that was a learning curve in itself. I love seeing old machines like this. I visit sign companies now and again and it’s great to see some very old machines still being used today. I remember being in William Smiths some years ago and they had old "circular" sign metal sheers that came down and cut out circles for road signs, and still in use.
    we still have an ancient 3 metre wide Morgan Guillotine we have bought second hand about 20+ years. noisy but never misses a beat. we would be lost without it.

    During my apprenticeship, I used the old Gerber 4B vinyl cutter every day and for probably 10+ years after. This machine changed the world of sign making for sure…


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  • Gil Johnson

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    January 29, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I remember when my dad bought the first vinyl plotter – it was the forerunner to the 4B – it cut a max width of 4" on sprocketed rolls, must have been mid eighties. Witchcraft back in those days! [emoji38]
    Can’t find a pic of one.

  • John Lacey

    Member
    January 30, 2020 at 9:52 am
    quote Robert Lambie:

    I know what it is, but I never used one. the only engraving I have ever done over the past 30 years was with a CNC router and that was a learning curve in itself. I love seeing old machines like this. I visit sign companies now and again and it’s great to see some very old machines still being used today. I remember being in William Smiths some years ago and they had old “circular” sign metal sheers that came down and cut out circles for road signs, and still in use.
    we still have an ancient 3 metre wide Morgan Guillotine we have bought second hand about 20+ years. noisy but never misses a beat. we would be lost without it.

    During my apprenticeship, I used the old Gerber 4B vinyl cutter every day and for probably 10+ years after. This machine changed the world of sign making for sure…

    The ‘people upstairs’ got one of those Gerber things in 1984. As mere sign makers we weren’t allowed to go near it.

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