I've been wanting this for a year, since I bought my Big Shot, and I finally went out and bought it,,,,,,,I agree with the other reviewers,,,,,the smoothness of the rolling action is amazing! It cuts with one pass on dies that I normally have to put through 3 times on my Big Shot, and it embosses VERY deeply.
I wish it cut the thicker dies like TH, I have to keep my Big Shot for that, but what it DOES do (nesties) it does amazingly well!
Used in this card: Guy's birthday cards
This is my first and only die cutting machine. I have been scrapping for YEARS but held off on getting into the die cutting because I couldn't find something I was 100% happy with, until this machine came out! I am so happy I waited, it was worth it. The ONLY complaint I can offer is that the handle squeaks when you turn it, but I don't care because what it can create is amazing!
Used in this image: Recycled metal embellishment leaves
I love how smooth and easy the Grand Calibur is compared to the Cuttlebug. You can turn it with very little effort at all. I also like how they label the plates with what they are, so you do not have to remember.. and how they are color coated.
Love how deeply it embosses too. I really recommend this for your die cutting/ embossing needs.
Used in this card: Over the top
This is right up my alley....no tech knowledge needed...just make like an organ grinder and out of the machine comes the prettiest shapes and embossing. I've been stocking up on dies and cutting out stuff....now to actually put something on a layout or card.
Used in this layout: A Victorian Wedding*
I spent hours researching which die cut/embossing machine to buy, not to mention watched dozens of videos to compare the machines, before I decided on the Spellbinders Grand Calibur. It not only produces deep, beautiful embossing, it cuts out intricute dies like butter. Just to be safe, I always do 2-3 passes for my intricate dies and this little machine has never failed me yet. Sometimes the die cuts literally fall out themselves. I also like the wide, 8.5" opening of the tray. I don't use the suction very often, but when I do, it holds the unit solidly in place. Like another reviewer mentioned, the handle does squeak, but for the results you get, that squeaking is music to my ears. The adapter (raspberry) plate does not come with the unit, but I bought mine at Amazon. I LOVE my little Grand Calibur!
I have had several die-cutting machines over the past few years, and the Grand Calibur is by far the BEST! It's really easy to use, and I love that the new "Grand Dies" are an extension of the "Large Dies"! This machine also embosses with a really deep impression.
I think it's a tool that every crafter will find useful!
I finally decided to take the plunge into die-cutting & got this machine. Overall, I've been VERY happy with it. If you use embossing folders from other companies (like Cuttlebug), I would recommend checking the FAQs or downloadable manual on Spellbinders' website to get the plate "sandwich" correct so you don't break the machine! You can even use 1/8" does--like Sizzlits--if you replace the "A" base plate with the Grand Raspberry plate! My one & only real complaint is that the suction or whatever that holds the unit to the table doesn't hold very well, especially if you get in a hurry or over-zealous in turning the handle! I find that I usually have to "re-suction" it after every 1 to 2 passes of the plates through the machine, & sometimes even hold the machine down with my other hand while I cut. But even with that slight inconvenience, I would highly recommend it!