Need Mat cutting advice please

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  1. Gay Larson

    Gay Larson Member

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    I have a mat cutter that cuts up to 11X14 but most of my prints are 11X14 and I want mats that are 16X20 so I am now forced to buy them. I would like to make my own and be able to make larger mats, perhaps even larger than 16X20 if I decide in the future to go larger. What I have is pretty basic so I am wondering if someone could advise on the easiest cutter to use that doesn't cost a mint. How about looking for one on e-bay? What would I look for. Thanks a bunch
     
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    I found my mat cutter on Ebay, new in box, for about half what it was selling for retail. A Logan 650 (I think that's the model number). It was $350 there, as opposed to about $6-700. It can handle up to 40" wide by as long as you want.
     
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    For years I used just the Logan mat cutter itself (the thingy that holds the blade) and a 40" long straight edge. I used the orange-handled clamps to hold the straight edge down to the table.

    A Logan big enough for 16x20 is only $125...the 301 model

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_prod.php?cat_id=&pid=2069

    Vaughn
     
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    Gay, I used to make my own mats aswell using MAPED, and Fletcher matt systems, but got a great tip from a fellow APUG'er about this site www.documounts.com They have really good rates for board, and pre-cut mats. You can also order custom ordered cut outs. They also sell all the tools and materials you would ever need. They are very well priced, and if you have a lot of mats to make, is certainly a good option for consistency.
     
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    I have seen these mounts, I believe on the same APUG'er's prints and the edges and corners are razor sharp and perfect..Evan Clarke
     
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    Gay,
    The Logan Simplex (various models) are reasonably priced and will cut 40" mat board, they come with two cutters (straight and bevelled). If the guide is aligned and the blades are sharp the results will have that professional look. It's easy to adjust, if needed, and the blades are easy to find. I've been using one for 18-20 years.

    Paul
     
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    I also have the Logan 301 and like it a lot. Fairly inexpensive and you can also get a video for it that describes int detail how to operate it.

    Recommended!
     
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    I have the Logen Simplex Plus 750 that can take up to 40" boards. It's rugged enough for heavy personal use (probably not framer's shop though), and blades are easily obtainable from many sources including AC Moore, and similar art and craft supply chains, and hobby shops.

    The only downside I've encountered is that the maximum border is 5.5", and I've sometimes wanted larger for 10" square photographs on 16x20 mats. Otherwise, it's been a terrific machine.
     
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    Gay - I'm another advocate of the Logan 301...bought mine when an art store was closing for about $75. Works well for 16x20 mats.