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Posted 2/6/2013 by Nanna2Five in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:04:58 PM
So i posted asking about the quickuts alphas, now that I have looked I am thinking I will get the grand caliber machine. Mostly for alphas but I also love the nesties.

Anyone have the machine! Would I be better off with the big shot?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:34:07 PM
I have both of these machines and really dislike the Grand Calibur. I have tons of Spellbinders dies, and they work great in a Big Shot!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:42:54 PM
Oh i am so confused lol







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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:18:10 PM
I don't have the Spellbinders, but I my big shot...




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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:31:03 PM
Do you want to be able to cut the Spellbinder Grands dies? They won't fit in a Big Shot. They will fit in a Big Shot Pro but it is huge and expensive and a whole other can of worms

I have a Big Shot and love it. It works great with texture plates (with one additional accessory), embossing folders and everything from big steel rule dies to wafer thins like Spellbinders.

The Grand Calibur only does wafer thins. It probably does embossing folders but I am not positive.

The benefit of the thicker dies is that you can cut multiple layers of cardstock and heavier materials like thicker chipboard and things.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:06:28 PM
I dont care about the huge dies because I would cut big stuff with my Cameo.







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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:29:55 PM
Then I personally would suggest the Big Shot. At least partially because it is new widely available and more people have it so you may be able to get questions answered more easily. If you are a Prime member Amazon has it for a good price with free two day shipping.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:36:06 PM
I have both also! I tend to use the Big shot more.
I would suggest the Big shot if you don't want the grand dies.
Good luck!



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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:02:34 PM
The Big Shot is well made AND even though it doesn't cut the BIGGEST of the Grand Calibur dies, it DOES cut all or almost all of the other consumer (but not pro) dies on the market at this time. I have lots of wafer thin dies BUT have to have my steel rule (Sizzix Original, Bigz and other brands) dies to cut mat board, ANY fabric, and tons of things that the wafer thin dies either do NOT cut or don't cut as well.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:20:19 PM
Go with a Big Shot. It's more versatile.

Love my Big Shot--I use it mostly for spellbinders and Lifestyle Crafts alphas; but I also use it for Sizzix Dies (the thick ones).

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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:08:28 PM
I have the big kick and love it!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:21:41 AM

Do you want to be able to cut the Spellbinder Grands dies? They won't fit in a Big Shot.


That's the only reason my Grand Calibur sits on the floor collecting dust is because of the rare time I use the grand dies. Ugh! Everything else is through the Big Shot. LOVE that thing!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:39:41 AM
I only have the Big Shot but I love it! It's sturdy and easy to work with. I use it almost every day!



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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:01:17 AM
I have both machines and prefer the Big Shot. I think it puts more pressure on the dies in all areas of the platform, whereas my Grand Calibur tends to have less cutting pressure in the middle. So the Big Shot gives me better cutting results especially with intricate dies like Memory Box or Dieversions Whispers. Being able to cut steele rule dies is a huge pro too, I love them for fabric or home decor projects.
I do most of my embossing with the Grand Calibur cause the "sandwhiches" are easy to remember and the results are just perfect. My BigShot came with an old multipurpose platform and somehow the suggested sandwhiches don't work well. Getting a new platform would probably fix this, but I don't feel the need.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:04:00 PM
I have the Grand Calibur and the Cuttlebug. I love my grand calibur, and picked it after playing with my friend's big shot for a while. I have not had the problems that that been brought up here. I have found that my calibur is great with intricate dies like the Cheery Lynn Doily Dies. I decided on the Calibur and not upgrading to the Big Shot after many of my friends began to complain about the crease portions of the sizzix dies ripping through their cardstock when they used the Big Shot with the crease pad. I don't have a ton of Sizzix Dies so this has worked well for me.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:04:17 PM
I have the Grand Calibur and the Cuttlebug. I love my grand calibur, and picked it after playing with my friend's big shot for a while. I have not had the problems that that been brought up here. I have found that my calibur is great with intricate dies like the Cheery Lynn Doily Dies. I decided on the Calibur and not upgrading to the Big Shot after many of my friends began to complain about the crease portions of the sizzix dies ripping through their cardstock when they used the Big Shot with the crease pad. I don't have a ton of Sizzix Dies so this has worked well for me.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:23:18 PM
I love the Grand Calibur & highly dislike the cuttlebug. You don't have to worry about constant messing around with shims & other craziness with the Grand Calibur. Love it - you won't regret that purchase.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:40:26 PM
I have both and prefer the Big Shot by far. The longer platform makes it much more stable when you're cranking the sandwich through. Even though the Grand Calibur has a suction cup on the base, mine tends to walk around the table quite a bit when I'm using it.


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