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!
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.
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!
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!
A great addition to my crafting stash! Easy to use and performs beautifully. Love the Grand Calibur dies. Perfect for fabulous scrap book pages. Overall I am delighted with this purchase and look forward to buying more of the dies. Great sale price for this machine! Thanks Scrapbook.com!