Spellbinders Grand Caliber

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Posted 4/29/2013 by Mew710 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/29/2013 5:20:47 PM
I'm seriously thinking of purchasing this. Do you have one? Do you like it? What's good & what's bad about it? The only other die cutter I have is the old red Sizzix that weighs 6 tons and a Baby Cricut. Tell me I need this!



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Posted: 4/29/2013 7:29:42 PM
Shortly after getting my Big Shot I was getting the plates for it. I accidentally ordered a plate for the Grand Caliber. It's huge, at least the plate was.

My thought after seeing the plate would be make sure you have space for it. I love the Big Shot and really don't think I would need the Grand Caliber.


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Posted: 4/29/2013 10:54:05 PM
I use my Big Shot for all my dies, including Spellbinder. There are plenty of youtube videos with instructions. The Grand Caliber is more limited and won't take some of the other mfg's dies.


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Posted: 4/29/2013 10:57:40 PM
One BAD thing about the Grand Calibur is that you can NOT cut Sizzix Originals or Sizzix Bigz dies with it. You CAN cut Sizzlits, Cuttlebug and the thin metal QK type dies with it.

The Grand Calibur cost a lot more money than the Big Shot and won't cut as many die sizes. The only thing the Big Shot won't cut is the commercial dies, the Pro dies and the very largest of the Grand Calibur dies. The only reason I'd want it was IF I planned to cut tons of the largest Grand Calibur dies.


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Posted: 4/29/2013 10:57:41 PM
One BAD thing about the Grand Calibur is that you can NOT cut Sizzix Originals or Sizzix Bigz dies with it. You CAN cut Sizzlits, Cuttlebug and the thin metal QK type dies with it.

The Grand Calibur cost a lot more money than the Big Shot and won't cut as many die sizes. The only thing the Big Shot won't cut is the commercial dies, the Pro dies and the very largest of the Grand Calibur dies. The only reason I'd want it was IF I planned to cut tons of the largest Grand Calibur dies.


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Posted: 4/30/2013 12:17:09 AM
I had to have it and have barely used it I use my big shot mostly i would say unless you are going to cut a lot of the large grand caliber dies you prob dont need it sorry. I also found it moved around a bit

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Posted: 4/30/2013 3:30:41 AM
I don't use mine much, only when I need to use the largest of the calibur dies. (I use those for card bases). It's a nice "extra" , but I use my big shot much more often.

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Posted: 4/30/2013 4:09:28 AM
I have it and a Big Shot. I use the Big Shot ALL of the time. My GC collects dust. I don't care for it at all but I hang on to it for the RARE time I use my grand dies.


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Posted: 4/30/2013 10:25:54 AM
Thank you so much for your input! The only reason I was looking at the Grand Caliber was because it cut larger dies than the others, but if it's really not worth it, maybe I'm better off with the Big Shot.

Is the Big Shot easy to use? It seems like there is a lot of layering of pieces - are the instructions clear as to what to layer and in what order? I'll have to go find a Youtube video.

Thanks for your help - I'm glad I asked before I spent money on something I might end up not liking. ...off to do more research!


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Posted: 5/3/2013 5:07:12 AM
Interesting comments. I have both machines and use both equally. I love the Spellbinders for cards, tags and using for journaling. There are so many dies for it and I have to be careful not to overspend because I want all of them. Sizzix is great for die cuts and embossing. I donated the heavy red one to a thrift store and find I use the Big Shot a lot more than the old Sizzix.

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Posted: 5/3/2013 5:50:06 AM
I have it. They reason I bought it is in case I buy the grand dies I didn't want to be limited. Of course I haven't actually bought any grand dies yet. I use the nestabilities, but not on every layout or anything.

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Posted: 5/3/2013 6:27:49 AM
I already had the Spellbinder Wizard, then ended up with the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug. I still ended up getting the Grand Calibur because I had a great Quickutz large circle die that wouldn't fit in the other two machines. So far, I've only pulled it out when I need to cut the larger die. I do plan on getting some of the grand dies, so it will get used more in the future.

So far, I've been quite happy with it when I have used it.


Susan


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Posted: 5/3/2013 7:54:22 AM
The Big Shot is very user friendly. The base has instructions depending on if you're using a wafer thin die, sizzlet type, big sizzix die or embossing folder what you need to feed through. I'm sure there are youtube videos as well. You will love it!



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