I have the original die cut machine!! The first one they ever made with the pull lever!! I have been going back and forth about updating it!!! So is the turn lever easier than the pull!? I don't know why I'm being so indecisive about upgrading!! I need HELP!!!!
I really don't know anything about the original machine so I can't compare. I do own a BigShot right now though, and it is pretty easy to use. You have to pull a bit harder on the handle if there is a particularly tight sandwich going through but it is usually a breeze!
I've heard good things about the TH vagabond machine (which is electric) as well!
I finally upgraded because I found out I could use the texture plates from fiskars that I had a stack of in it. there are also several larger dies that would not fit in it, so upgrading was the way to go for me.
I must be living in a cave. I didn't know Vagabond was electric! I donated my red machine and dies to an elementary school and they were thrilled to have it. Right now I have a Cuttlebug that I love because it is so portable and just bought a used Cricut that I need to try out for home use.
I have big Red but it has been a long time since I have used it for cutting. I used it awhile back to flatten bottlecaps. I prefered the Sidekick over big Red, than I went on to the Cricut products because I wanted to adjust the size of the cuts. I also have a Cuttlebug just for embossing and last year I bought the Vagabond for cutting and embossing the Spellbinder nestibilities. The Vagabond is heavy but portable.
I got rid of mine because it was so difficult for me to pulled down. I replaced it with the Big Shot and the Cuttlebug and they are so much easier for me to use. The Big shot I just crank and it rolls the die and plates through with ease. Good luck with your decision.
It is nice to know I'm not the only big red owner!! I just remember back ages ago when I bought it and the investment!!! I saved for ever it seemed!! The alphabets were sold individually and there was no such thing as iPhone coupons(;