The Roland GX series 24 inch cutter is one of the most popular sign plotters in the graphics industry. This has been the case for at least the last decade. There are several reasons for the machines popularity.
First, it is a workhorse machine. Mine has been running for over 10 years now and all I have ever had to do is replace the blade. Shops that need reliability often choose Roland.
Second, it is simple to use. It only takes about 30 minutes for a new sign maker to get up to speed and be making signs with this machine. The controls are up front and easy to understand. Aligning the material is also quick and easy.
Third, the price is very reasonable. The Roland GX-24 is priced at right around $1,700 for the table top model and $2,000 for the cutter and a stand. This price includes basic cutting software. (see our article on sign cutting programs) This price puts the GX-24 well within the reach of most sign businesses. If you already have a computer then all you would need to add is vinyl and some substrates and you are ready to make signs.
Here are some specifications on the Roland Model GX-24
Width: Accepts material from two to 27.5 inches wide
Mechanical Resolution: 0.0005”
Speed: Cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second
Power: Max down force of 250 grams
Optical Registration: Recognizes crop marks produced by a variety of print-only devices and automatically aligns media so that printed graphics can be accurately contour cut.
Materials: Vinyl, paint mask, reflective vinyls, twill, heat transfer, and sandblast
Roland CutStudio™ Software included
Note: Most cutters come with a basic software package that is adequate for cutting letters, numbers and basic graphics. When you purchase a machine, that would be the best time to upgrade to a more powerful sign cutting program. The seller will be motivated to give you a better price on the package deal. We have an article on sign cutting programs in our “Sign Business Startup Articles” section.