Gunnar CMC's are designed for framers who prefer quality
There are a many reasons why a Gunnar CMC is better than
our competitors - listed below a just a few points -
Best selling brand of CMC in Australia
– Since 1994, Gunnar has remained the most
popular brand of CMC in Australia.
- Gunnar is the world's most award-winning brand
of CMC, recognised for more innovative "world
firsts" than any other brand of CMC.
Gunnar are the proven market leaders with more
"world first" innovations than any other brand of
- Gunnar have been making CMC's longer than any
other manufacturer, and have already overcome the
technological hurdles the others are yet to face.
– Swiss design and engineering.
Automatic blade depth
– No blade change for v-grooves
Reliability - No other
brand of CMC can claim that their first models sold
into Australia are still in operation today. Only
Gunnar CMC's can go the distance, and outlast their
Service & Support -
Megawood offers the industry's most experienced and
most dedicate support technicians for Gunnar CMC's,
and our reputation for technical support is second
Adjustable table angle
/ Horizontal operation – Suit your comfort, no
Creative Options -
Optional debossing, Creasing & Printing Tools
Gunnar offer a progressive upgrade path in machines.
How can framers like myself afford to own a Gunnar?
Most framers finance the
investment of a Gunnar CMC with a Hire Purchase or
Lease. This breaks down the purchase into affordable
monthly (or weekly) repayments, over a flexible term (commonly 5
years). Given that interest rates are historically low,
now is a good time to take advantage, because the
interest rate on this type of finance is locked in for
the duration of the term. Click
here to learn more about our finance options.
will a Gunnar CMC pay for itself?
With the affordable
monthly repayments of a Hire Purchase or Lease, the
Gunnar CMC will not only start paying for itself from
day one, but actually start making you money. Listed
below are some of the ways a Gunnar CMC can pay for
itself (and make you money!)
- The time saved in cutting mats alone will more
than justify the payments for most framing
businesses. Not just time saved in standard single
and double mats, but also time saved in multiple
openings. Work out how much time is spent cutting
mats each week, and what the labour cost of that is
– Less mistakes, less
offcuts, less wastage all adds up to more profit.
– How many mats do you sell each week, that could
potential be “up-sold” into a v-groove, oval or
fillet (reverse bevel)? You can offer this type of
add on more affordably to your customers because
virtually no extra effort is required.
– What excuse do you
use to not sell a double mat multiple opening?
Photographs and memorabilia are driving this type of
matting to become more popular than ever. You charge
more for this.
– The bigger the mat, the bigger the frame, the
better the profit!
– You could start offering new products like 8 ply
Turn your offcuts
– cutting matboard offcuts into useable, saleable
mats for photo frames can create new business.
Other markets and
– Sporting clubs,
Real Estate agents, etc.
– For businesses that
need to reduce their taxable profit, this can be a
great way to benefit.
Is a Gunnar CMC going to be any faster for my “custom
framing” business … because every mat I cut is a
Yes. It is much faster to
cut a single mat opening, and also cut to the board to
size from an off-cut at the same time. This is much
quicker than even the most experienced operator with a
manual table-top CMC. The Gunnar CMC can size and cut a
standard 16” x 20” single mat cut from an off-cut in
less than 10 seconds! When it comes to cutting
double/triple mats or multiple openings … the time
savings are even more remarkable.
How much time will I expect to save if I owned a Gunnar
From feedback in our
testimonials, we know that the average custom frame shop
that employs a staff member cutting mats for 2 days a
week, has experienced at least a 50% saving in
overall time cutting mats, when investing in a Gunnar
6. My business does not need any of that fancy stuff, I
don't see the point in that?
Most framers have
established their business on cutting simple rectangle
mats. By being able to offer your customer something
different to everyone else (like a v-groove or an oval?)
for no extra effort or time, you not only give your
business a "point of difference" but also generate a new
source of profit!
Is the Gunnar software included in the price?
Yes. Your investment in a
Gunnar CMC also includes FREE future software updates, which
have historically been released every 6-12 months on the
Is the PC included in the price of the Gunnar CMC?
Yes, however it is still
your choice. If you wish, you can save money off the
overall cost, and utilize
an existing PC you already own.
If I want to supply my own PC, what are the minimum
The Gunnar software is
able to operate comfortably on a PC with Windows XP or
a minimum Pentium 2Ghz processor and 1GB of ram.
Can I use the Gunnar software on my PC at home or
in the office?
Yes, you are able to
install the Gunnar software on as many PC’s as you
require, at no additional cost. This gives you the
flexibility to create files on other computers and save
them to be cut later.
will the Gunnar software upgrades cost?
All future updates to the
Gunnar software are provided FREE of charge.
These are available approximately once- twice per year by
downloading them from the official
I don’t know if I could use a Gunnar CMC because I’ve
never use a computer before?
Because the Gunnar
software is designed by framers, it “thinks like a
framer” so it becomes very natural and easy to
understand and use, even if you have never used a
computer before. Many of our customers have purchased a
Gunnar CMC, and never used a PC before then.
How long does it take to learn the Gunnar software?
It takes less than 2
hours to teach someone to use the software to 80% of its
potential. However previous experience and knowledge of
basic Windows and PC's is beneficial.
Yes! All training is
provided by authorised Gunnar technicians only (not just
sales reps!) and depending on which machine you buy, you
will receive at least 2 - 3 full days of on-site
installation & training to ensure your satisfaction. We
do not compromise the training offered to our customers,
and extra training can be also provided if required,
depending on your needs.
creative is the Gunnar Software?
software has the highest level of “value added” designs.
The Gunnar software offers over 140 menu driven
templates which can be cut instantly with the click of a
mouse. Plus any combination of multiple openings &
collage designs can created. The design capability is
limitless. You can even create and import your own
unique designs from Corel DRAW®,
which is one of the easiest and most accessible graphics
programs to use. Click
here to see some great designs in our Gunnar Design
How easy are multiple opening mats to design and cut?
Multi-opening mats are
fast and simple to design with Gunnar software. You can use any combinations of
openings or shapes, rotated to any angle you desire.
There is not limitation to how many openings you can
have in the one mat. The built-in alignment tools also
make it easy for you to create a perfectly accurate and
aesthetic multi-opening layout, without the need to use
Does the Gunnar software have a library of fancy designs
or "Clip Arts" that I can use?
Yes. Gunnar software has a growing library of over
existing “Clip Arts” (imported designs and shapes) for
you to use
Our Gunnar library of
clip arts and designs have been specifically
customized for our Australian market. This means we
offer useable “Aussie” designs like cricket bats, ANZAC
rising sun logo for medals, map of Australia, states of
Australia, etc,... and not just useless "Americanized"
designs for “ice hockey”, “moose heads” and “the 52
states of America!”.
create my own shapes and designs?
offers unlimited potential through built-in design/drawing tools, or through one-step importing from popular
graphics software like Corel DRAW®.
Can a Gunnar CMC cut words and fonts in matboard?
Absolutely. The Gunnar
software has a simple “font” tool, which allows you to
directly cut words and writing in any font required, or
you can import your fonts from Corel DRAW®
if ou prefer
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a Gunnar CMC cut ovals and circles without a horrible a
“start / finish” mark?
Yes. circles and ovals are always cut
perfectly on a Gunnar CMC, with an unmatched guarantee
of absolutely no “start / finish” mark. This is unique
to Gunnar, because Gunnar offer and integrated throttle system in the cutting head, to control
the insertion of the blade while cutting the oval.
does the bevel blade cut?
Gunnar CMC cut bevels at
a true 45°
which helps makes your matboard “look” a bit thicker.
Other brands of computerized matcutters cut at angles up
to 60°, which can make you matboard “look” thinner.
Additionally, Gunnar CMC's all offer
straight cutting option, which cuts at a perfectly square
a Gunnar CMC cut straight edges?
All Gunnar CMC's offer
the option to cut straight 90° edges. This means that your matboards
can be trimmed to size with a professional “square”
edge. On the Gunnar 601 and 4001, Multiple production mats can be cut “edge to
edge”, saving time and wastage, and all mat layouts can
be cut “to the edge” with no margin wastage. No other
brand of CMC sold in Australia can offer this feature.
How much wastage will I expect when I cut matboards on a
Gunnar 601 or Gunnar 4001?
None. The unique clamping
systems on each machine will allow you to cut to the
edge of the matboard with no wastage whatsoever!
the Gunnar 601 & 4001 cut to the edge?
Because of their unique,
individual button clamping systems, both the Gunnar 601 &
can easily cut any mat dimension, up to the very edge of
the matboard, with no wastage.
What is the maximum thickness of board I can cut on a
All Gunnar CMC’s will
allow you to cut any thickness of matboard, including
the thickest 8ply matboard, up to 3.5mm. The advanced
Gunnar software will also automatically calculate
the difference in overcuts and hooking correction for
you as well! However the Gunnar 601 and 4001 can allow
an even thicker cut of up to 5mm, which means you can
even cut foamboard with the extra 90° cutting head!
a Gunnar CMC cut 40” x 60” "oversized" matboard?
Yes. All Gunnar CMCs come
in a large table size, so that you can confidently cut
oversized 40” x 60” matboard with no hesitation.
Does a Gunnar CMC cut from the front or the back or the
Both! With the Gunnar
SPT32 software, you have the advantage of cutting
perfectly accurate mats from either the front or the
back of a matboard.
a Gunnar CMC able to cut foamboard?
Yes. On all Gunnar
machines, you can cut foamboard up to 3mm thick. On the
Gunnar 601 and the Gunnar 4001, you can cut up to 5mm
thick with perfectly square edges. No other brand of CMC
sold & support in Australia can offer this feature.
Will a Gunnar CMC cut double & triple mats?
Yes. Actually, you can
cut up to seven layers of matboard in the one mat
in you wish!
Will a Gunnar CMC cut V-grooves and reverse bevels?
Yes, because the Gunnar
software has been designed by framers, you can easily
cut any shapes or designs as a V-groove or reverse bevel
at the click of a button. All Gunnar CMCs feature an
extra unique “Automatic blade depth” system on the
cutting head, so you do not have to change the blade
between V-grooves and normal openings!
Will a Gunnar CMC allow me to create perfect inlay mats?
Yes, because Gunnar CMCs
are especially designed to not “destroy” the fallout as
it cuts it, you can use this feature to create
unbelievably accurate inlayed mats, even with ovals and
circles. Some other brands of computerised CMC's cannot
offer this feature.
Can I utilize smaller matboard offcuts for cutting
double mats, to save wastage?
Absolutely! Your matboard
off-cuts are your profit. A Gunnar CMC will allow you to
cut double (or multi-layered) mats and utilize a smaller
piece for the second layer, thus saving you wastage.
How much do
the Gunnar blades cost?
Gunnar blades only cost
$1.25 each, and last much longer than your standard
double-sided rectangular blades.
long does it take to change a blade?
Blade change on a Gunnar
CMC requires no tools, and is faster
than any other computerized CMC available. You can
change a blade in less than 5 seconds. Additionally,
you do not have to change or adjust the blade for
v-grooves cuts - it is controlled automatically for you!
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Can I set up my Gunnar CMC to cut horizontally?
Yes. By choosing to
work your machine horizontally, you will avoid gravity
related problems with matboard fallouts slipping down
the table interrupting subsequent cuts. This problem is
very common on other brands of CMC’s. However if you
prefer to cut wall mounted, or on an angle, then this is
an option as well.
Will the GUNNNAR software integrate with my pricing
Yes, the Gunnar software
offers the ability to integrate with many pricing software packages, to
automatically create cutting files as you price the job.
This saves time and streamlines your production.
Does the Gunnar software allow you to cut small
matboards inside larger matboards in the one process, to
save time and wastage?
Yes. This is also
called “nesting”. With Gunnar software, this can be done
automatically at the simple “click” of a button. This
feature is unique to Gunnar CMC’s, and cannot be
achieved on other brands of matcutters.
How to do you adjust the overcuts or undercuts on a
These settings are easily
adjusted within the Gunnar software, at the click of a
mouse, and require no
mechanical adjustment to tune, whatsoever.
Can a Gunnar CMC be depreciated as a computer?
Many of our customers who have invested
in a Gunnar CMC have been informed their accountants
that they can be depreciated as computers (ie: over 2-4
years). This can be a significant saving to a profitable
business, as the CMC could be depreciated at least as
fast, if not faster than, the lease term itself.
Talk to your accountant for confirmation on this.
What makes a Gunnar 601 better than a Gunnar F1?
With its unique “split table” cutting system and its
double cutting speed, the GUNNAR 601 will offer
at least triple the production capacity of
the GUNNAR F1.
Because of the unique “button clamping” system, the
GUNNAR 601 will also allow you to cut to the edge of
the matboard with no wastage.
- The GUNNAR 601 features an additional “straight”
cutting head for cutting the outside cuts of the
mat, saving wastage and time, whilst offering a
Who are Gunnar?
Gunnar are a family owned
company based in Switzerland, who have been in the
picture framing industry for over 30 years. Because
the people from Gunnar were originally custom picture
framers, their computerised CMCs have been designed from
“the bottom up” specifically for the picture framing
Click here to learn more about Gunnar on their
How long have
Gunnar been around?
Gunnar has both
been in the picture framing industry for over 30
years. In 1994, Gunnar became the
“Pioneers” of this industry, by making the world’s first
computerised CMC for picture framing. and in the same
year, the first
computerised CMC arrived in Australia, which was a Gunnar, of course! All of these machines
are still cutting mats today. The result of this
successful history is reflected in the ability of what
Gunnar CMCs can do today. Jared Davis, our Gunnar
product manager, has been working with Gunnar CMC's for
over 12 years, and is Australia's most experienced CMC
technical expert. Jared is also author of the best
selling, industry recognised book - "Getting The Most
Value From Your CMC".
What happens if my Gunnar CMC breaks down?
This is the most
important question! Megawood are the “industry experts”
with regards to knowledge and experience on CMC’s, and
we understand the need for strong customer support. We
recognize that our customers rely on their machines, and
it is our goal to ensure that if the worse should
happen, we can offer a 24 hour turn around in part
replacement if required. No other company offers more
experienced or more dedicated staff to technical support
How often will a Gunnar CMC need to be serviced?
All Gunnar CMCs are
uniquely designed to be low-maintenance, and require
little attention from day to day. We recommend a
standard service once every 50,000 - 100,000
mats (depending on the model).
Do you offer Service & Maintenance on
existing Gunnar CMCs?
Yes, we offer a maintenance
& servicing to existing Gunnar owners, to keep
their machines running reliably with reduced risk of
you offer any finance or leasing options?
Yes, we can help. There
are a variety of options which can be flexible to your
preferences. We can arrange for our preferred leasing
broker to discuss these different options available. The
most common package is a 5 year term with a 20%
residual. Click here to
learn more about our finance & leasing options.
Do you offer a
Do you own your house or do you pay rent?
As they say, “rent money is
We can offer rental... but when
you compare the costs, all framers have agreed that it
doesn’t make sense to rent a second hand CMC, when you
can lease a new one for similar money, and actually own
it outright in 5 years? If interest rates were high
(like in the 1980’s) then rental would
be a worthwhile consideration, however while interest
rates are historically so low, leasing is currently the
“smarter” answer to renting.
satisfaction be guaranteed?
Yes, we offer a 30 day money back
guarantee if you are
not 100% completely satisfied with your
Can I speak to a
Yes, we can provide you
with testimonials from Gunnar owners. Approximately 300
Gunnar CMCs have been sold around Australia & New
Zealand, so we can put you in touch with any of them for
a reference. Click
here to read some testimonials from other Gunnar
Can I offer decorative debossed lines with Gunnar CMC?
the new optional Gunnar T1 tool head option allows
Gunnar owners to create subtle, decorative mat
embellishments on their mat designs.
Click here to learn
more about the optional Gunnar T1 Tool Head.
create boxes with a Gunnar CMC?
another feature of the new Gunnar T1 tool head option is
to be able to create elaborate fold- up boxes at the
click of a button. This is handy for archival storage
boxes or gift boxes.
Click here to learn more about the optional Gunnar
T1 Tool Head.
you sell second-hand Gunnar CMCs?
Yes. We sell, service and
support all "Pre-Loved" Gunnar CMCs. Contact us if you
are interested in buying or selling a "Pre-loved" Gunnar
why are your competitors machines cheaper than yours?
At the end of the day,
you get what you pay for!
Keep in mind when comparing prices of different CMC’s,
the effective price difference between CMC brands might
only be around $20 - $30 per week (with finance), so why
compromise if the real difference is not as much
as you think?
As they say, “When you
buy the best, you buy it once.” With a one-off
investment such on such a vital piece of equipment, you
really don’t want to regret your purchase by saying
“I wish I hadn’t bought the cheapest?”… Especially
when you didn’t have to? If you buy a “cheap” tin of
coffee and decide you don’t like it, you can always
afford to just buy a different brand next time, but when
you buy a CMC, you’re not going to have “a next time”?
Buying "the cheapest"
is always the "least expensive" in the long run!
Does Gunnar offer
Visualization Software like the competitor brand of CMC?
As a company, Gunnar
have chosen to focus and specialize on CMC’s only, thus
having the best, most award-winning product
available on the market, without compromise. For this
reason, they have just been awarded the rare &
prestigious “Industry Innovation Award” from the PPFA,
and the Innovation award from the FATG.
If you are serious
about visualization software, the best “visualization
software” on the market is actually
FrameSmart Visualize It
– ( used by more Australian framing businesses than
any other brand of POS software).
There’s no reason why you cannot have a
“Gunnar” CMC, and still work with a different brand of
visualization software, if you prefer – you don’t have
to have everything “the same brand” for your business to
work just fine!
When it comes to
buying machines that your business & livelihood need to
rely on, we sincerely recommend you look to “buy the
best” … don’t “buy the brand” or “buy their concept”… As
yourself - "What’s really best for me?"
55. Does GUNNAR offer a pen holding attachment for their
Yes, the Gunnar T2
Scribe Precision Pen Tool is a popular option, which
integrates into current Gunnar CMC's, capable of holding
any pen or pencil from 8mm to 18mm in diameter.