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Wizard 8000/9000

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by Umi, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Umi

    Umi Grumbler

    Hi Folks,

    Quick question: would you advise on getting Wizard machine as a startup or is it better to get a manual mat cutter for the beginning and upgrade it later? Any thoughts will be appreciated.

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  2. FramerCat

    FramerCat SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    A manual cutter is significantly less expensive and takes up a lot less space. I think it would depend on your expected work load. If you are going to be extremely busy or want to be able to go after large accounts you might want to get a CMC, but if you are starting out small it is probably not worth the expense. Some shops even swear by having their suppliers do the cutting for them. Any idea on the amount and type of traffic you are expecting?

  3. tedh

    tedh SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Ed raises questions you should address before acquiring any mat cutter.

    Does your business plan include funding for a CMC? Will your expected revenues support it?
    Will you be subcontracting work?
    Are you looking at a purchase or a lease?
    How much are you planning to invest in the business at the start?
    Do you have the necessary funds for higher priority equipment?

    Answering these questions and others will point to your solution.
  4. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I have both and I use both, though I don't use the table top manual cutter very often, maybe 2 to 3 times a year. Just starting out I would get the manual table top cutter but if I could afford it I would also pick up a good CMC. Like Ted said, it depends upon the workload. You will never get the same cut quality out of a manual cutter, close but not the same.
  5. Umi

    Umi Grumbler

    Gotcha. Thank you for the feedback! I appreciate it.
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