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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:49 pm 

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Location: France and UK
I need to find a replacement for my Eclips, it developed the 'not cutting' issue and I am about to get a refund. I had spend quite a bit of money on extra mats, blades and cartridges so would quite like a machine that can at least use the same mats! I have Scal3/Ecal and love it. I sold my old Cricut and I have an E-craft which slips and does not cut well, I bought the Eclips to replace that :-(
There are no plans for the new Eclips 2 to be sold in Europe so that is not an option. I want to be able to cut stencil plastic, cardstock, not vinyl.

What other machines at around the same price should I be looking at?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:49 am 

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I really like my Silhouette Cameo, but I am a little reluctant to cut anything heavier than vinyl or paper. I still have an Expression that I used last weekend to cut Sheet Magnet. It still works, so I still use it about 30% of the time. Maybe somebody will reply with some more useful information for you.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:11 am 

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Thanks Todd, one to cross off the list then!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:59 am 

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I would say a Silver Bullet if price is not an option. It's huge and powerful. Will cut almost anything, even light sheet metal. It will emboss on metal as well. But, it's very pricey. It's wider than the 12x12 as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:02 am 

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Location: Michigan, SCAL1; SCAL2; eCAL; Windows7 64 bit; eCAL Mavericks
I don't think that there are any other machines in that price range that will cut heavy materials, at least in the US. I guess it depends on what you consider that price range since I don't know what any of the machines go for in the UK. I think the lowest price machine for heavy materials is the KNK Zing. You should check what materials it can handle. I would also read a lot of reviews on it first, since I think I've heard both good and bad about it. I think the learning curve is much steeper than for the eClips or Cricut. The Zing only works with MTC so the MTC forum would be a good place to ask more questions about it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:59 am 

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HeatherM wrote:
I don't think that there are any other machines in that price range that will cut heavy materials, at least in the US. I guess it depends on what you consider that price range since I don't know what any of the machines go for in the UK. I think the lowest price machine for heavy materials is the KNK Zing. You should check what materials it can handle. I would also read a lot of reviews on it first, since I think I've heard both good and bad about it. I think the learning curve is much steeper than for the eClips or Cricut. The Zing only works with MTC so the MTC forum would be a good place to ask more questions about it.


I don't really want to spend much more than the refund which is about £250 or $400 or so. I bought quite a lot of cartridges in a sale and more blades plus the massive postage costs to France (for some unknown reason very hard to find in France) so am at least £100 out of pocket. I will go and read the reviews suggested. Not looking like an easy choice at all! I don't really use it enough to justify an expensive machine.

Thanks peeps :?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:23 am 

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I know this is an old post and my reply may not be needed. I am about to replace my Eclips and I think I'm going to go with the Silver Bullet. It's really expensive, but I make a lot of projects for craft shows so I need something that will stand up to mass production. I have the older version of the Eclips and it was a good machine to start with, but I think I just need a heavy-duty machine and by all accounts, the Silver Bullet is the gold standard of cutting machines.


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