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Beauty, Brawn, and Brains: Wizard Z1 CMC

Esterly Speed-Mat

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Any recommendations for or against my very small frame business buying a new Esterly 4060? Is Speed-Mat still in business? Good to do business with? I figure it will pay for itsel in 2 or 3 years. Thanks for any help. I've looked for a used one and they are rare and far distant.
 

Mike Labbe

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We started with a new one 18 years ago, after Andy had experience with one at his former employer. We could cut rectangle openings, but didnt opt for the circle cutter. It certainly did the job!

We then bought a new Wizard 8000 CMC 3-5 years after, which greatly expanded our offerings and speed. We did an outright purchase, and it was one of the best things we ever did. Last year, we bought a new Valiani Mat Pro Ultra BC, which we also love. We had both for a while, but don't need two. (we are a small shop, too) Our Wizard has since found a new home, and is in daily use.

There are probably used ones to be found out there. If I recall, the head itself needed to be refurbished periodically (which the manufacturer in Maine does), but otherwise it was a solid product. They are still in business, and I see them at regional trade shows.

A CMC lease or rental is also worthy of consideration, if in the budget. There are a LOT of good CMCs on the used market, too, for about 4k-5k.

Hopefully others jump in with advice, too.

Mike
PS: Welcome to the G!!!
 

framah

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Same here. I started out 26 yrs ago with an Esterly mat cutter. I had gone up to Maine to ski and photograph and stopped at their place and they tied it to the top of my Ford Escort for the drive back to NJ.
Most definitely a good basic cutter for starting out as it can cut mats, glass, and foam core.

..and, yes a CNC cutter is better as it does alot more and faster... but not glass or FC.

You need a wall cutter for that..thus the possible benefit of the Esterly.

All in one and takes up less space.
 

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Thanks all for these positive reports! Paying $3775 for a Standard 4060 is a bit of a stretch since I only frame my own artwork. I have only heard good things about Esterly. Looking forward to receiving it.
 

jtremblay99

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I started with this mat cutter many years ago and still have one mounted to my wall as a backup to my CMC. Mostly it collects dust, but there have been occasions when my CMC goes down and I can cut mats without being down for any time. It cuts a great mat - I only cut squares so have no experience with the circle/oval cutter. I never used the cutter on the side - I have a Fletcher for that which cuts my glass/foam and the outside of my mats. You can get these used - and they really last forever - for a small shop I would think this is a great option; no software, no computer - just a good quality mat cutter
 
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I started with this mat cutter many years ago and still have one mounted to my wall as a backup to my CMC. Mostly it collects dust, but there have been occasions when my CMC goes down and I can cut mats without being down for any time. It cuts a great mat - I only cut squares so have no experience with the circle/oval cutter. I never used the cutter on the side - I have a Fletcher for that which cuts my glass/foam and the outside of my mats. You can get these used - and they really last forever - for a small shop I would think this is a great option; no software, no computer - just a good quality mat cutter
 

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Thanks for replies! Michelle at Speed-May has been very helpful and is sending me a DVD before I actually place my order. One other thing I have learned recently is how to cut Nielsen metal molding. I only use a couple of profiles and this should save a lot of $. My supplier I have been ordering from for many years used to give me good service, now this year not, so are there any recommendations for me to buy lengths of molding? Especially Nielsen. Learning. Thanks!!!
 
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