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    Logan 650 Framer's Edge Mat Cutter - recommendations -

    I'm in need a of new mat cutter, any recommendations? The Logan 650 Framer's Edge Mat Cutter looks very impressive, for those who have one can you give me some impressions good or bad.

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    Its an extremely nice system. I have the next step down, the 700 Simplex (now called the 750), and I have have had it 15 yrs and gotten nothing but perfect results from it. My mats are better than any frame shop has given, and when you have a good mat cutter you save a ton of money because mat board is cheap (even expensive museum board, which you should be using, is cheap compared to paying a frame shop to cut mats!). You won't regret it
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    I have one and find it a bit flimsy. It works well, as long as you pre-compensate for the bowing etc.

    A Fletcher would be a better choice, but at 3x the price it should be.
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    I can't believe how expensive mat cutters have gotten! I'm sure that the Logan unit you mention is a great system. Logan seems to be one of the leaders now, althought I have never used one.

    I bought an Altos unit way back in about 1976 for $45 (price sticker is still on the box) and the only thing that has changed a little is the shape of the cutter unit. My $45 unit now lists at $159 although you can get their "Web special" for $119. I still use mine for all my mat cutting and I think that if all you are doing is simple square mats, it works just fine.
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    http://www.dickblick.com/products/fl...utting-system/

    The Fletcher is definitely more, I'm not sure that I would have enough time in life to justify it, seriously though the Altos unit I saw on the Blick site is basic but for the money I can see it working just fine. They have, like so many other things, risen in price. I was thinking Sears Catalog and then I found that some are more like Platinum member.

    Watching the video the Logan model seems like a good unit, as to the price it's just particle board, common screws, extruded aluminum and plastic knobs but it's a whole lot better than a Dexter. What a person is buying is a design that saves frustration and body-ware.

    Ideally I'd want a CNC mat cutter but that's a far stretch. I've getting tired of my Kodak water mixer too and have been looking at the Hass manufacturing unit, that's another $550.00.

    I can mix my water until after I get a new mat cutter.

    Thanks for the interest I appreciate it.

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    try buying a used fletcher 2200. i just got one for $500 . if you cut more that just a feww mat's it will pay for itself .
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    My Wife gave me a Logan 450 for Christmas, and I love it! As said above, cutting your own mats saves a lot of $, and you can cut them the way you like. Probably the Fletcher is better, but I can cut good mats with mine. I think careful use produces the quality as much as anything.
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    I used a Fletcher 2100 when I framed professionally, now I have my own Logan 650. I liked the Fletcher very much, but they are expensive. The Logan is nice, but it hooks when I begin a cut more than I would like. It is a bit finicky to get the angle arm at a perfect 90 degrees. Overall it is nice, especially for home use, but if you can find a Fletcher for the same price, get it without hesitation.
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    Check the Logan 850. I bought one about a year ago, mainly because of it's all aluminum construction. Not quite as good as the Fletcher 2200, but very close.

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    Ooooh. That's nice. I may have to look into one of those for the future.
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