I am recently retired and started a side business manufacturing custom cornhole (baggo, beanbag toss) games and beer pong tables. I prefer to hand paint the designs, but there are some things I just can't do (e.g. the gamecock portion of the South Carolina Gamecocks logo, or the palmetto tree on the South Carolina state flag). After paying a local sign shop almost $70 dollars to cut two 20" palmetto trees for a custom set of boards I decided it might be wise to invest in an entry level vinyl cutter to save my customers some money while still increasing my profit margin a bit. I am familiar with graphics software as I have been designing websites for over a decade and understand .eps (vector) images versus those done in Photoshop.
My problem is that I need an entry level cutter that will execute fairly detailed designs (such as the palmetto tree) faithfully. The largest sizes I would need to cut for the boards would be 18" wide x 30" high. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your input.
Wow! A couple of weeks, fifty-two views, and not one bit of help from anyone - not even a note or an email from anyone currently employed in the sales department. Nice way to imply that purchase of one of your machines would be accompanied by the same neglect, lack of zeal for your product, and bad customer service. You can delete the user account, I'll move on to one of your competitors.
Originally Posted by GarrosGames
Sorry for seeming to ignore your inquiry. Ideally we leave it up to members to jump in with opinions, while we stick to factual and/or tech support related posts. Thus our sales people have been instructed to leave the SW Community to our members when it comes to sales inquiries, as a rule. But rules are made to be broken :^)
So based on what you intend to do, my choice, hands-down would be this: http://www.signwarehouse.com/cutters/ve/Qe_series.html. It's an entry-level cutter with pro-cutter reliability and precision. Everything you cut will weed more easily, and intricate details, flourishes and small text will be spot-on.
It's something we sell. So of course I am biased, to a degree. But for the price, there's nothing on the market that even comes close to its quality, precision and reliability. And I'd challenge anyone who disagreed :^)
Hello and welcome. I dont see the cutter I bought on here anymore. It was a vinyl express R31. Think it cost me around $450 or so to get it. It works perfect for cornhole boards. I did a few of them for my friends using my machine. What I did was used the machine to make a template and painted in the graphics that way. Even the multicolor ones. Just make mask and they come out fantastic! Let me know if you have any questions I will do my best to help out.