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Good morning! I am considering buying a large die cutter as I only have a Cricut now and its so tedious to use with lightweight paper (intricate designs rip the paper even with a new blade sometimes - UGH)... so which would be better?
I am just a stamper/card making hobbyist and I plan to cut light to medium weight cardstock, regular papers and probably cork and chipboard. They cost about the same ... there is a sale going on right now at Accucut apparently... the GrandeMark is slightly more, though.
I have read that the GrandeMark is tougher to use because the dies slip around a bit and there is sometimes a distortion issue? But I have not heard one bad thing about the Big Shot Pro ... so thats where I am leaning, but I would love to get your opinions!
I am thinking the Big Shot Pro might be easier to resell (if needed) since everyone knows the Sizzix name... besides cost and the GrandeMARK being able to handle a bit bigger dies... is there anyone able to offer any other pros or cons?
The BSP will resell better to other crafters. The Accucut Grandemark can cut larger shapes, if you are interested in larger 3D boxes and forms. The BSP can take ANY Accucut dies EXCEPT the Giant Size, which is the largest size. Some of the Giant Size dies, however, do require larger than 12 x 12 paper.
So, if you are not interested in super sized dies, then you can consider the two machines equal in capabilities.
I went with the Accucut Grandemark because I did want some giant dies (that don't need larger than 12 x 12 paper) and I got it for the same price as the BSP with a sale. The Grandemark has a larger footprint than the BSP. It truly is a behemoth that pretty much needs its own desk. (And it's not pretty, so if you are particular about having a gorgeous studio, the Grandemark is a little industrial looking.)
The reason I chose the Grandemark over the BSP was because:
1) At the time, the machine cost was the same.
2) The Grandemark can cut everything the BSP can plus bigger. Even if I don't want the big stuff, I figured, for the same price, why not buy the one that does more?
3) The replacement parts of the Grandemark are cheaper (cutting mats and the die cutting tray). Therefore, long term upkeep will be cheaper.
I'm not considering any resale value, however. I do not anticipate dumping this machine. (If I really had to, though, I'd approach a school since they may be more familiar with it than other crafters.)
Can't compare them, as I have never used the GrandMark, but I LOVE my Big Shot Pro. Can't imagine needing anything else, or wearing this thing out. It is solid, and weighs a ton! I went through two Cuttlebugs, then jumped straight to the BSPro - It is one of top tools.
Thanks, DA, don't be seething just yet, LOL ... its a Craigslist deal and its "lightly" used for $150, so ... its all relative. I did email them and Amanda got back to me explaining that I will need the Tray Adapter to use with Sizzix regular thickness dies. But there is nothing available right now to use with the Sizzlits or embossing folders... so I will need to figure out my own shim with cardboard or chipboard... which is fine. I suppose if I use Sizzlits enough, I should get a big shot or something for $50 bucks (with coupon at Michaels) to make my life easier.
I think that is still a great deal. I wonder if anybody has come up with a hack to use Sizzlits & Embossing folders with the AccuMark. I would probably go for a smaller cutter too to cut my Sizzlits. I like my CB for Sizzlits. I do have a Big Shot. I use that for fabrics mainly.
But there is nothing available right now to use with the Sizzlits or embossing folders...
Nothing from Accucut, no. But there *IS* something that works fantastic. (Well, at least for me, I have the Grandemark.) I saw a video (just google for it) that shows how to use wafer thin dies and embossing folders. So, first, I have the tray adapter that allows me to cut Sizzix thick dies. Once you are at that thickness, then go buy the Sizzix adapters for the big shot. I got the Solo Platform so that I can cut Sizzlets and use embossing folders and I got the Solo Wafer Thin Die Adapter to cut my Quickutz and cookie cutters.
Here's the embossing folder video. The same woman did the wafer thin die video. She has a Grandemark and used the Big Shot Pro adapter plates, but I bought the regular big shot ones.
OMG, Scrap this is exactly the info I was looking for - thank you so much.
I love my new Mark IV... it works like a dream (though I could use a new roller)!
It's interesting because I went to my local scrapbooking store and they have a Grandemark and the rep there gave me the completely wrong info on what I would need to use my new machine ... she told me I would need a cutting pad... but the Mark IV cuts right on the roller ... not like the Grandemark ... and I told her that... glad I didn't listen to her; I knew I would have to go home and read the free downloaded manual ... and I did.
What you are saying makes total sense, though, and I knew there had to be a way to use sizzlits and folders (love the 12x12 embossing folders available for the Grandemark only) ... esp since they had an adapter to use Sizzix stuff.
Glad you are liking it and that you got a good deal! I don't own nesties. Spellbinders is not angel friendly (at least not when I emailed them to ask in 2007). I do make cards to sell on Etsy and they said I could not with their dies.
I do own wafer thin QK dies including cookie cutters. Yes, I use the wafer thin die adapter. I kept my clear cutting mats from my Epic 6 to use with them, but the purple Accucut ones are fine too.
Yes, that is the difference between the GM and the M4: the M4 doesn't use a top cutting plate and, therefore, your roller needs to be replaced from time.
The Mark IV has it's own Sizzix tray adapter and the roller is not all that expensive. I'd go for the roller and tray combo though to get a slightly better price and make shipping worth it. You will need a tray some day anyway.
I ordered all the shims and adapters and a new roller; hope it comes soon!Ugh, I dont like that Spellbinders angel policy is stingy. None of us are millionaires from selling our cards, are we? I mean... if it takes me 25 minutes to make and design one card (that I would sell for 5 bucks?), I am doing good. Figures I already bought a few sets of Nesties to use with my new Mark IV. Really... how would the spellbinders people know what cards ar emade with their dies... many (I know, not all) shapes are similar to other dies. I will have to check out the QK dies!