Thinking of buying a Sizzix Big Shot Pro would love feedback from those who have one.

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Posted 3/12/2013 by sarahlerand in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 3/12/2013 10:19:56 AM
I have been researching different die cutters and feel that this would be the best for me. I would love to know the pros and cons of this machine. If you have any advice, or things that you have found helpful, please share your advice. Where is the best place to buy one from? Thanks so much, Sarah


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Posted: 3/12/2013 3:08:53 PM
I have it and it works pretty good. My cons are. If you don't have the space this may not be for you. That sucker is huge and heavy. Bringing it out to use will become a hassle so plan on leaving it out. It will work on all leading dies except the grande dies by spellbinders. The multi purpose platform is not wide enough to accommodate the bigger sizes. Had to purchase the Grand Caliber to be able to use those. Replacement parts are expensive and cant be found locally. I've ordered them online. Hopefully they won't discontinue since it seems that its not a popular machine.

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Posted: 3/12/2013 3:54:13 PM
I think Yaritza did NOT realize that you were talking about the PRO, not the regular Big Shot because it is wide enough to use ANY Spellbinders die.

I don't have the Big Shot Pro BUT have several of the dies that I use with my commerical AccuCut GrandeMark. They have sales where you can get the GrandeMark for the same or less than the Big Shot Pro.

I like the GrandeMark because I can cut any commercial die as well as the small consumer dies. I do have a regular Big Shot for the small dies but usually cut most of my Sizzix Originals, Bigz etc on the GrandeMark. Really really like that machine, it has an adapter to work with the Sizzix although I've been cutting them for over 9 years with an adapter that I came up with.

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Posted: 3/12/2013 3:59:03 PM
I have one..and yep the footprint on this is huge so if you have the space it cuts great..but to a point. If you want to cut the thin dies like spellbinders than you need to also buy a sandwhich plus the wafer thin adapter sheet. And my pet peeve for this is you can't buy 1 sandwhich that fits the BSP, you have to buy 2 that fit the when you have them side by side and have a die that goes over both..I am finding one side is slightly thicker so therefore one side will not cut on one pass and I have to rotate it.

Personally if I had known about the Cameo I would have bought that and just the Big Shot. Because I see that the Cameo cuts most of those cute storage boxes that you need the BPS for..and they only cost .99cents vs the $40 for the dies.

The other reason I bought the BSP was to do letterpressing..with the sizzix folders (stampin up sells some) but I have yet to play with it for this.

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Posted: 3/12/2013 4:06:34 PM
Sarah: I love, love, love mine! I also love my Big Kick, however. The advantage to the Pro is that it accepts larger dies made by Sizzix plus other companies. If portability is an issue for you, you may not want the Pro as it is extremely heavy (well made). It is pricy, also. I bought mine from Ebay for an amazing price so am not sure where you could get it for a good price point. I have purchased quite a few Pro dies from Two Peas, they often have great prices on them.

If you don't need the very large cuts, perhaps you would be very happy with a Big Kick/Shot machine instead. I personally love Sizzix and it has always been my go-to solution for die cutting needs. I haven't jumped on the electronic machine bandwagon yet and don't feel a need to at this point. Had a bad experience in owning two Cricuts for about 15 minutes each and honestly love the crispness of a steel die cut more than the cuts I was able to get with the Cricuts.

I know you will find the right machine for you. Just check the dimensions of the Pro to make sure you have the room for it to stay out as you won't want to be putting it away and taking it out each and every time you need it.

Good luck in making your's a fun "dilemma" to be in!
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