I think previously on the Archiver's Web page, I have seen a comparative of the die-cutting/embossing machines. Can you either post again, or refer me to an archived site. I would really like to purchase one, but each time I get close to buying one, I back away. Your cuttlebug and big shot comparison was great - but there's a lot more machines out there. The only "meaty" comment I've ever heard, is to make sure you buy a big enough machine - if you plan on using anything bigger than 81/2 x 11 paper - etc. Is there some additonal info you could share? Thank you! I LOVE Archiver's.
— jo weeks, OH on May 04, 2011

Here you are: http://www.archiversonline.com/articles/how-do-pick-the-right-die-cutting-machine

Die-cutting machines are great, but it really depends on how you're going to use it. The Cricut, eclips, Slice, and Silhouette allow you to manipulate the size of the image you're cutting out and have all sorts of cartridges (for the Cricut, eclips, and Slice) and downloads (for the Silhouette) available. Other machines, such as the Big Shot, Epic Six, Revolution, and Vagabond require dies. The Vagabond is the newest of the machines and is quickly becoming our favorite. It will cut through 7 or 8 sheets of cardstock which is a great time saver!

Hopefully this helps you decide which die-cutting machine is right for you! Stop by your local Archiver's anytime and ask for a demonstration on any die-cutting machine or check out our Tool Time class, which shows you all sorts of great scrapbooking and crafting tools.