When using bigz dies will cut through almost anything. Very powerful motor. Has been a workhorse for 1.5 years and still going strong. Thought I had broken it several times by overloading it. But when die and tangles were backed out Vagabond 2 worked just as good as brand new! You just can’t hurt it! When doing lots of repetitive cuts it is much easier to press button and reverse and send die thru a second time for extremely thick materials rather than crank through then crank through again. I now also have big shot pro and love that as well. Both have different things they excell at so will enjoy using them both.
This machine is awesome and cuts time die cutting in half as you can cut several dies at once or cut the larger dies fit quilting. It is heavy and a large size so you want to keep it stationary. I recommend this for all die cutting, especially heavy duty jobs!
The machine is sturdy and having used it a few times I am pleased with the results. However I would like a more informative guide book to be included. I am using it for die cutting and having visited some blogs I see I am not the only one that was so concerned about the damage appearing on the plates as I used them. Apparently this is normal and the plates only last a certain amount of cuts, so know that you will be replacing them at some point. Have bought some more dies so will keep playing with the machine, like I said good results. Did find it difficult to hold the plates together and turn the handle without things moving, felt like I needed 3 hands. But all in all I like it and am happy I finally made the investment, although I do think they are slightly too pricey to not come with at least 1 die and 1 embossing folder.
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