Comparing the Excalibur Multi-Purpose Cutters

May 9, 2018
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Comparing the Foster Keencut Excalibur Multi-Purpose Cutters

The unique Excalibur Cutter Series includes two models: the Excalibur 1000X and the Excalibur 5000. Both of these cutters are incredibly versatile, built for multi-purpose use to cut through a ton of different sheet materials, including (but certainly not limited to) foam board, glass, corrugated plastic, acrylic, flexible polycarbonate, and so much more. They are vertical cutters, which allows for wide material cutting of many kinds, without taking up a lot of table space. They can be used on a stand, or mounted to a wall and cut cleanly with incredible accuracy.

Vertical cutters feature a single sliding counter-balanced head with 3 cutting and scoring tools ready for instant use. The super-grip clamp holds even thick materials at any required angle, and the clear ruler along the cutting line allows easy alignment to artwork, lines, or registration marks. With a set-for-life squaring mechanism and the standard wall mounting or optional free-standing kit, the Excalibur Cutters provide a noiseless, dust-free and cost effective cutting solution for many of the materials used in a modern sign or graphic workshop. The Excalibur Trimmers deliver accurate, fast cutting, with square, clean cuts to the correct size every time. They are so easy to use, that even untrained or new operators will master it in minutes. In this article we will review each Excalibur Cutter individually so that you can accurately compare them side-by-side to make the right decision for your graphic arts cutting and trimming needs.

Excalibur 1000X Cutter

Excalibur 1000X Vertical CutterThe unique Excalibur 1000X series vertical cutter features a single sliding counter-balanced head with three cutting and scoring tools ready for instant use. It is available in two sizes: 48” (Model# 60363) or 63” (Model# 60364). With a rigid clamping system, a set-for-life squaring mechanism and the standard wall mounting for optional free-standing kit ,the Excalibur 1000X provides a noiseless, dust-free and cost effective cutting solution for many of the materials used in a modern sign or graphic workshop including: mat board, cardboard, PVC, hardboard and MDF up to 3mm (0.12") thick, scores glass up to 6mm (0.24") thick, Foam board up to 13mm (0.50") thick, Foam centered board, scores acrylics, honeycomb & corrugated plastics, aluminum faced plastics and semi-thick materials up to 136cm thick.

All four blades cut on the same line for one-stop settings. In addition, there is one measurement cut-line cursor and no wasted panels for less operator fatigue and chance of accidents. The Excalibur 1000X cutter also features a retracting cutting head when not in use to prevent accidental cuts and injuries, as well as a covered blade head so exposure to body parts is virtually impossible. We are so confident in the Excalibur 1000X cutter that it comes standard with a five year manufacturer warranty and 20 year manufacturer warranty on the bearings. It measures approximately 84" L x 12-16" D x 82" or 96" H and weighs about 120 lbs unpacked (or 150 pounds when packed).

The Excalibur 1000 trimmer delivers accurate, fast cutting, with square, clean cuts to the correct size every time. It is so easy to use, that even untrained or new operators will master it in minutes. Built to last for many years in a continuous running operating room, the Excalibur 1000X cutters embody the highest standards of engineering excellence combined with an outstanding value. Waste and errors will reduce and productivity will increase, saving you time and generating more profit for any graphic art enterprise or sign-making workshop.

Excalibur 5000 Cutter

Excalibur 5000 Vertical CutterThe Keencut Excalibur 5000 specialty board cutter is available in two sizes: 48” (Model# 60374) or 63” (Model# 60376). It is designed to cut all the sheet materials used in the modern graphics and sign making industries including: mat board, cardboard, PVC, hardboard and MDF up to 3mm (0.12") thick, scores glass up to 6mm (0.24") thick, foam board up to 13mm (0.50") thick, foam centered board, scores acrylics, honeycomb & corrugated plastics, aluminum faced plastics and semi-thick materials up to 136cm thick. The Excalibur 5000 trimmer cuts vertically, providing the ultimate in space saving convenience. It cuts sheet materials easily, cleanly, and accurately every time. The super-grip clamp holds even thick materials at any required angle, and the clear rule along the cutting line allows easy alignment to artwork, lines, or registration marks. The Excalibur 5000 delivers accurate, fast cutting, with square, clean cuts to the correct size every time. It is so easy to use, that even untrained or new operators will master it in minutes.

Changing blades & tools is easy with the indexed turret, (mounted on sliding head) which simply turns to lock any one of three cutting tools in its selected operating position. With no screws to loosen or tools to find, changing blades has never been easier.

The Excalibur 5000 features a 1-piece squaring arm. This horizontal squaring arm is machined from one single heavy duty aluminum extrusion so that both the left and the right are in perfect alignment with each other. The vertical cutting bar and the surface of the material being cut have no gap when clamped down. It is steel re-enforced and won't bend or flex when cutting dense thick materials like 1/2" sintra board and gatorboard. The pressure sensitive clamp provides light clamping that gives the user the ability to line up the board to hold the position, but allows it to be positioned under the clamp for final alignment. The cutting line indicator is a clear plastic strip located along the left side of the vertical cutting bar that accurately indicates the cut line. This multi-purpose cutter also features ratchet control, which allows you to cut dense materials in multiple passes. Two flip stops can be engaged or disengaged without disturbing the settings. Accurate cutting by eye is made simple by the dual calibrated scales. The counter balance takes the effort out of lifting the cutting head. When released, the balanced cutting head stays in the last position ready for the next operation. The counter balance weight can be transferred to the upper or lower cutting head with the flip of a switch. Mounted to the wall at the top end only, two adjustable legs can adjust upon installation to suite the height of the user. A squaring adjuster wheel is located at the vertical cutting bar, and provides easy and accurate 90° squaring adjustments. Large back panels on both sides of the machine give maximum support to the material being cut.

Built to last for many years in a continuous running operating room, the Excalibur 5000 embodies the highest standards of engineering excellence combined with an outstanding value. Waste and errors will reduce and productivity will increase, saving you time and generating more profit. The Excalibur 5000 is an essential piece of equipment for every graphics studio and sign making workshop.

The Excalibur 5000 also features a retracting cutting head when not in use to prevent accidental cuts and injuries, as well as a covered blade head so exposure to body parts is virtually impossible. We are so confident in the Excalibur 5000 cutter that it comes standard with a 5 year manufacturer warranty and 20 year manufacturer warranty on the bearings. It measures approximately 84" W x 12"-16" D x 82" or 96" H and weighs about 240 pounds unpacked (or 278 pounds when packed).


Mallory Morsa, Binding101 Product ExpertAbout the Author • Hi! My name is Mallory Morsa, and I have been the product expert and content specialist at Binding101 since 2008 (I have practically grown up here!). Every day I push myself to learn new information, incorporating real-life experiences from myself and the entire team to create solutions to the most common problems in the industry, and then present those solutions in a way that is easy to understand for everyone, from novices to experts. I dive deep into products to figure out how they work from the core, and am always honest with my results, so that you know exactly what you will get, before you buy. Outside of work, I can be found snuggling my 3 furbabies, reading by the pool, or at my local animal shelter bottle feeding and volunteering for the kitten nursery.

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