New to the board, with a mat cutter question (imagine that..lol)

gnatt66

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First of all, hello. I'm new, can ya tell?

I've been perusing the search function and i dont think what i'm asking has been beaten to death yet...

We are a fairly small custom frame shop, and are looking to replace our tried and true Esterly Speed mat wall mount unit. I've spoken to someone at speed mat and they were very helpful (as they have been with our current machine), but im trying to explore other non-cmc mat cutter options. The Fletcher Mat Pro 120/150 seems like a pretty nice machine as well..

So with all that said, what do you uber grumblers think is the best value?

the 40x60 Esterly is 2900 + 350 for pneumatic head.

the fletcher mat pro 120 is advertised in a United flyer for like $2500 (im sure thats a 32x40 $) but 40x60 isnt usually that much more. that seems like a fairly good deal as well...

help?

i dont want to turn this into an esterly vs fletcher post battle, just some honest opinions and experience.

p.s. if someone in the nh/vt area has one that i can try....please let me know.
 

rdicarlo41

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I've been looking to Esterly as well but haven't yet tried either. Does the Fletcher have the ability to size glass, cut ovals... like the Esterly. In reviewing literature, it seems to me that the Fletcher is somewhat of a knockoff of the Esterly which has been around for years. For me the appeal of the Esterly would allow me to do alot of functions versus buying multiple machines. Plus the wall mounted feature of Esterly is appealing. Have you been happy with your older Esterly? I'd be curious to hear from other Esterly owners any feedback.
 

gnatt66

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Originally posted by rdicarlo41:
I've been looking to Esterly as well but haven't yet tried either. Does the Fletcher have the ability to size glass, cut ovals... like the Esterly. In reviewing literature, it seems to me that the Fletcher is somewhat of a knockoff of the Esterly which has been around for years. For me the appeal of the Esterly would allow me to do alot of functions versus buying multiple machines. Plus the wall mounted feature of Esterly is appealing. Have you been happy with your older Esterly? I'd be curious to hear from other Esterly owners any feedback.
yes, we've been totally happy with our Esterly. I'm not concerned with any of the other features, as we have other machines for those needs...we have many other Machines as well,(F3000, F1000 oval cutter, etc) and havent had a problem with them either.
 

TheDoctah

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gnatt66-

Since you're in NH, Art Rounds from Mont Vernon is selling his (unused) Fletcher 2200 60" mat cutter for $1500. I'm not sure how this relates to the Fletcher Mat Pro 120, but the price seems pretty reasonable. For a complete listing of what it comes with, see the following URL:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nhaaphoto/message/32

It might be a viable option for you. Where in NH are you?
 

gnatt66

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Originally posted by TheDoctah:
gnatt66-

Since you're in NH, Art Rounds from Mont Vernon is selling his (unused) Fletcher 2200 60" mat cutter for $1500. I'm not sure how this relates to the Fletcher Mat Pro 120, but the price seems pretty reasonable. For a complete listing of what it comes with, see the following URL:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nhaaphoto/message/32

It might be a viable option for you. Where in NH are you?
thanks for the link as well, but im looking for a wall mounted deal. im in the upper valley, btw.
 

itgsports

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Hello, I do have a speed-mat. I have never had a problem with my machine, it works great for "basic" cuts. The only thing I dont like about the machine is the amount of time it takes to cut multiple open mats. I do a lot of multi. mats, but I guess either I can stop complaining or just buy a computerized mat cutter.
 
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