Computerized Mat Cutters - Neutral CMC Comparison List

Frame shop computerized mat cutters CMC comparison list updated 12/1/2014 Comments, corrections, suggestions? CONTACT US

Please use these tools to visit each site, contact the vendors, try their demos, see them in the field, and make an informed buying decision. Some factors that should be taken into consideration are availability of service/tech support, user friendliness of software, accuracy/quality of cuts, cost of ownership/maintenance, blade cost, etc. Prices are in US dollars, and are for the US market. Vendor prices subject to change without notice, and may vary by country. Most prices do not include freight, unless noted. Information on this list was gathered directly from vendor websites. All vendors on this list were emailed, asked for their input, and are given the opportunity to make corrections at any time. Vendor speed and feature claims have not been verified and I claim no responsibility for accuracy or merchantability fitness. Prices do not reflect promotions or "show specials". Check with vendor for latest offers.

ACTIVE PRODUCTS

CMC brand and model

Company web site and contact info

full pkg price USD$ max mat size

on-site setup& train
s i n c e
software platform details
hold down type & min
w a r r
yearly ext maint plan+
blade cost each
p
L Y
stand
comments, special features, options

Esterly
CMC

www.speedmat.com
Speed-Mat
800-882-7017
Maine, USA

$9000 40x32 $9500 40x60
opt $
2 0 0 1
controller box included. PC Option - see notes
pneum
1 2
$??? +see key below
24¢
6
incl

Base package includes baseboard made of lightweight aluminum and a warp-free honeycomb interior, 45-degree bevel pneumatic indexing knifehead, four-function controller for operating machine and setting and saving mat-cutting specifications (metric or inches), pneumatic kit, wall mounting brackets, 100 Esterly Advantage blades and 1-year warranty. speed: 20"/sec. Optional PC application ($500) provides wide flexibility for designing mats and saving the designs. PC not included. via serial. req 40psi.
Lease-to-own program starts at $245/month

Gunnar
F1

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA

F1-M: CALL 40x32
F1-XL: \CALL 40x60

opt $ training video incl
2 0 0 5
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum clamp tubes,
1 1/8"
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
8
opt $300

Single 45° cutting head, with automatic depth adjustment for double mats & v-grooves (cuts VG and openings uninterupted in one pass). Head interchangable with T1 debossing/creasing tool head. High speed = 20"/sec. Non-warp aluminum base board. Software features cut from front or back, nested mats, cut any TT font, direct import from CorelDraw, VG, reverse bevel, deboss & rotate any shape or design. T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Customized fold-up boxes & protective corners. Tool-less blade change. Adjustable table angle. req 90psi, serial or usb interface. F1-XL lease program starting at ***/week, Prices are P.O,A, - please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
F1 Hybrid

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA

F1-M: CALL 40x32
F1-XL: CALL 40x60

opt $ training video incl
2 0 0 9
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum clamp tubes,
1 1/8"
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
1 2
wall mnt or opt stand $400

Complete with the new state of the art fully automatic Hybrid cutting head. Hybrid cutting head has the benefit of multipurpose functions; cut opening at 45°, outside at 90°, add v-grooves, do different mat layers - double, triple mats etc. plus cuts different matboard thicknesses, all done fully AUTOMATICALLY. T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Includes New Gunnar Mat Creator; GMC Software
Lease to own – $***/week
. Prices are P.O,A, - please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
601-RS

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA
CALL 41x61
2 w/s
labor incl travel extra
2 0 1 0
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp,
no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
1 2
incl

Cutting speed 40"/s. Twin cutting head: interchangeable 45° cutting head - features automatic depth adjustment for double mats & v-grooves (cuts VG and openings uninterupted in one pass) & 90° cutting head which features "cut to the edge" with no wastage. 45° head interchangeable w/T1 debossing/creasing tool head. Non-warp aluminum base board. Software features cut from front or back, nested mats, cut any TT font, direct import from CorelDraw, VG , reverse bevel, deboss & rotate any shape or design. Customized fold-up boxes & protective corners. Includes COE system (split cutting zones - which allows one operator to cut 2 mats on the table, replacing one mat while other mat is being cut). T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Tool-less blade change. Adjustable table angle. req 90psi, serial or usb interface. XL lease program starting at $***/mo. Prices are P.O,A, - please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
4001

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA
4001xl: CALL 49x74 micro step
2 w/s
labor incl travel extra
2 0 0 8
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp & vacuum combo, no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
1 2
incl
Speed up to 80"/s. Twin cutting head: interchangeable 45° cutting head - features automatic depth adjustment for double mats & v-grooves (cuts VG and openings uninterupted in one pass) & 90° cutting head which features "cut to the edge" with no wastage. 45° head interchangable w/T1 debossing/creasing tool head. Stepless adjustable vacuum table. Non-warp aluminum base board. Available in Servo or Microstepper motor options, with optional vacuum &/or button clamps. Software features cut from front or back, nested mats, cut any TT font, direct import from CorelDraw, VG , reverse bevel, deboss & rotate any shape or design. Customized fold-up boxes & protective corners. Optional PrintHead feature for back printing barcodes and logos.T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Includes COE system (split cutting zones - which allows one operator to cut 2 mats on the table, replacing one mat while other mat is being cut). Tool-less blade change. req 90psi, serial or usb interface.

Trucut
ELAN
http://www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

$21500 32x48 $25500 44x64
opt $
1 9 9 8

PC required, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Single bladed (bevel) cutter, bevel, vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left & right, Cut from the front or the back. Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Upgradeable, Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Trucut
EXCEL
http://www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

$29900 32x48 $33900 44x64
opt $
2 0 0 2

PC included, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Double bladed (bevel/vertical) cutter, bevel, vertical, vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left &right, Cut from the front or the back, Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Upgradeable, Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Trucut
ALPHA
www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

$39000 32x48 $44000 48x66
opt $
1 9 9 4

PC included, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Double bladed (bevel/vertical) cutter, bevel, vertical,vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left and right, Cut from the front or the back, Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. 48x66 version also supports two full 32x48 boards in portrait or single 48x66 board in landscape. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Valiani
MatPro CMC-iX

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

$14500 32x48 $14500 40x60
opt $1200
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg or up right
Low-cost, fully functional CMC. Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions. Interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 12"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. w:12 labor/24 parts. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee. Lease-to-own program starts at $297/month

Valiani
LIBRA

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

$??? 32x48
$??? 40x60
opt $1200
2 0 1 1
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~????"
2 4
$??? +see key below
??¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg
This is a product introduced June 2011. Details are still pending for this product, from the vendor..

Valiani
SUPREME-iS

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

$21900 32x48
$21900 40x60
opt $1200
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg
Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions. rapid blade change feature, emergency stop button, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 21"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee.

Valiani
PLUS-iS

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

$29900 32x48 $29900 40x60
incl
1 9 9 8
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg

Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions, high speed cutting, HD floor stand, manual control keypad on machine, rapid blade change feature, emergency stop button, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 43"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee.

Valiani
GTO-i
www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

$49000 40x60
incl
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4" ; indepen l&r side clamps
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl near flat work table angle
Dual workstation capability, automatic blade depth adjustment, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. very high speed cutting 55"/sec, manual control keypad, full safety guards - all sides. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee.

Wizard
8000

www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335
Washington, USA

$12995 32x40 $12995 40x60
purch: incl rental: $1190
2 0 0 3

PC included, free s/w upg, demo

pneum clamp 1.5"
2 4
$1995 +see key below
15¢
8
wall $75 floor $395 pc $225

Single blade. 15 lf/min, supports TTFs, multi & 360 rot. openings. trade in/upgrade pgm, 500 blades, phone support. opt Brian Wolf's decorative debossing pkg $395. Seamless Integ w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization. Setup incl w/purchase. Lease options available.
Time Rental Plan: $325/mo, $500 license fee, unlimited corners, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
JR Rental Plan: $245/mo, $500 lic. fee, 1000 corners/mo incl. 1001+=10¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
QuickStart Rental Plan: $165/mo, $500 lic. fee, 300 corners/mo incl. 301+=25¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
Optional stand has 38"x72" footprint at 45 degree setting or 50"x72" footprint at 15 degree setting. Optional wall bracket sits out 32" from wall and is 72"wX53"h. Optional cpu stand is 28"wX47"hX29"d.

Wizard
8500e w/ Switchblade Tech
www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335
Washington, USA

$17995 32x40 $17995 40x60
purch: incl rental: $1190
2 0 0 5
PC included, free s/w upg, demo
pneum linear
1 3/16"
2 4
$1995 +see key below
15¢
8
floor incl cpu $225

Dual blade. 30 lf/min, supports TTFs, mult & 360 rot. openings. trade in/upgrade pgm, 500 blades, phone support. Includes Switchblade Technology w/45 & 90 degree cut, and Brian Wolf's decorative debossing pkg. Seamless Integ w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization. Setup incl w/purchase. Lease options available.
Time Rental Plan: $395/mo, $750 license fee, unlimited corners, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
JR Rental Plan: $325/mo, $750 lic. fee, 1000 corners/mo incl. 1001+=10¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
Incl stand has 38"x72" footprint at 45 degree setting or 50"x72" footprint at 15 degree setting. Optional wall bracket sits out 32" from wall and is 72"wX53"h. Optional cpu stand is 28"wX47"hX29"d.

Wizard
9000

www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335 Washington, USA

$18995 32x40 $18995 40x60
purch: incl rental: $1190
2 0 1 0

PC included, free s/w upg, demo

pneum clamp ?"
2 4
n/a
15¢
8
floor incl cpu incl

Multiple blade cartridges. 30 lf/min, supports TTFs, mult & 360 rot. openings. trade in/upgrade pgm, 500 blades, phone support. Cartridges incl. 45, 52 & 90 degree cut, foamboard, pen cartridge and Brian Wolf's decorative debossing pkg. Seamless Integ w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization. Setup incl w/purchase. Lease options available.
Time Rental Plan: $395/mo, $750 license fee, unlimited corners, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
JR Rental Plan: $325/mo, $750 lic. fee, 1000 corners/mo incl. 1001+=10¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
Included floor stand has 38"x72" footprint at 45 degree setting or 50"x72" footprint at 15 degree setting. Included cpu stand is 28"wX47"hX29"d.

Wizard
ECLIPSE XL
www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335
Washington, USA

$17900 32x40 $18900 40x60
incl
1 9 9 6

PC included, 5yr free sw up. demo avail

pneum linear
1"
3 6
$1995 +see key below
19¢
8
floor incl cpu $225

Single blade, trade-in & upgrade programs avail, 30 day money back guarantee, 3yr parts & pc warr, Seamless integration w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization
Leasing program: starts at $469/mo.
1/19/2006: Wizard acquired the Eclipse CMC line

Wizard
ECLIPSE PRO
www.wizardint.com
Wizard International 888.855.3335 Washington, USA

$23000 32x40 $24000 40x60
incl
1 9 9 6

PC included, 5yr free sw up. demo avail

pneum linear
1"
6 0
$1995 +see key below
19¢
8
floor incl cpu $225

Single blade, trade-in & upgrade programs avail, 30 day money back guarantee, 5yr parts warr/3 yr pc, Seamless integration w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization
Leasing program: starts at $561/mo.
1/19/2006: Wizard acquired the Eclipse CMC line

Zund
M800
www.wizardint.com
Wizard Internationl 888.855.3335 Washington, USA

$51950 32x40
$4000
2 0 0 6
opt pc $1600, wiz sw incl
vac
1 2
n/a
?
8
floor incl cpu $225
Available in USA through Wizard. Works with Wizard Mat Designer s/w. Cuts up to 40 inches per second. bevel, straight, french line cutting with one head, vacuum holddown method means virtually no waste, extended blade life, Annual service contract $3695

Zund
M1600

www.wizardint.com
Wizard International 888.855.3335 Washington, USA

$64950 40x60
$4000
2 0 0 6
opt pc $1600, wiz sw incl
vac
?
n/a
?
8
floor incl cpu $225
Available in USA through Wizard. Works with Wizard Mat Designer s/w. Cuts up to 40 inches per second. bevel, straight, french line cutting with one head, vacuum holddown method means virtually no waste, extended blade life, Annual service contract $4595

Zund
L800

www.zund.co.uk

Zund Plotting Sys. 440.1707.390011 United Kingdom

$? 31x70
?
?
?
?
$??? +see key below
?
?
?
INCOMPLETE/REQUESTS PENDING from 2006

available in 31",51", 70", 86" widths at different prices. fast.

CMC brand and model

Company web site and contact info

full pkg price USD$ max mat size

on-site setup& train
s i n c e
software platform details
hold down type & min
w a r r
yearly ext maint plan
blade cost each
p
L Y
stand
comments, special features, options

Computerized Mat Cutters for Frame Shops compiled neutrally by Michael Labbe & Andrew Langlois, CPF. Get The Picture, LLC (C)2002-2015

KEY

CMC MODEL & CO:
The name of the product, web link, vendor name, vendor city/state/country, contact phone
FULL PKG PRICE & SIZE:
Full retail price for the product in USD $. Shipping may be extra. Maximum mat size supported is also noted after each price.
ON SITE SETUP/TRN:
(Y/N/$) Includes on site setup and training at your US location. (or fee if optional)
AVAIL SINCE:
The year the system was introduced
S/W PLATFORM:
Supported software platform (windows/mac/unix, etc), PC included or optional?, updates included?,demo avail?, language or database engine used.
HOLD DOWN TYPE:
Method used to hold the mat in place and minimum clearance needed for clamping mechanism. (std cuts)
WARRANTEE:
Initial warrantee (in months) included with package. Extended warrantee details can be specified in comments area.
BLADE COST :
The cost for replacement blades, in USD$ (consumable item, each) Cost is based on qty discount of 500 blades. Approx life of each blade.
PLY :
The maximum ply this unit can cut. (8 ply = ~3.5mm, 12 ply = ~5mm)
STAND:
Is a stand included? If not, what options are available, with prices.
COMMENTS:
Everything else. Any features that make this product unique. Cutting system, leasing or rental programs, blades inlcuded, extended warrantee/maintenance clarification, comments, etc.

+ Yearly Extended Maintenance Plans Explained (post warrantee)

Wizard Touch Service Plus Program for Wizard 8000, 8500 and 8500e:
The program includes an extended warranty that covers normal wear replacement parts and labor on repairs of the Wizard CMC for one year. The program also includes one free preventative maintenance visit, three free packages of 45 degree blades containing 500 blades and one blade cartridge each, and two free custom CutArt designs per year. Cost: $1995/yr

Wizard Touch Service Plus Program for Eclipse Pro and Eclipse XL:
The program includes an extended warranty that covers normal wear replacement parts and labor on repairs of the Eclipse CMC for one year. The program also includes one annual servicing of the mat cutting head assembly, one free preventative maintenance visit, free MatDesigner software, three free packages of 45 degree blades containing 500 blades each, and five free custom CutArt designs per year. Cost: $1995/yr

 

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DISCONTINUED AND/OR SUPERSEDED PRODUCTS
CMC model and company info
comments, special features, options
ARAGO CYBERMAT
Arago Robotics
Moscow, ID
out.of.business
product discontinued 1996. This model was available from 1993-1996
Third party support program is available from
www.thecmcdoctor.com
ESTERLY SPIRIT
Speed-Mat
800.882.7017
Maine, USA
product discontinued.

FLETCHER F6100 Fletcher-Terry Co 800.843.3826
Connecticut, USA

product discontinued 4/2003, supported until 2010. original selling price was $24,000.  
GUNNAR Rapido
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland

Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Tool-less blade change. Product superseded - still supported. sold 1998-2003

GUNNAR 1001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Tool-less blade change. Product supereded - still supported, Sold 1996-2007.
GUNNAR 2001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Product supereseded - still supported, Sold 1993-1996
GUNNAR 3001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
Dual 45° cutting heads. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Product supereseded - still supported, Was $57.950 40x60. Sold 2000-2009.

MAT MAESTRO 4060 out.of.business

product discontinued/company failed in 2001
Third party support program is available from
www.thecmcdoctor.com

WIZARD 5000
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

Single blade. supports TTFs, multi-openings, 360 rot. openings, 6ply, unlimited phone support
Discontinued March 2003. Still supported. Trade-in program available. See Wizard 8500e

WIZARD/ECLIPSE LT
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

product discontinued 2006, when Wizard acquired Eclipse. was $11,900. originally from 1996. Still supported. Single blade.