Our recommondation: the Big Shot Embossing and Die-Cutting System. It's very durable, works with most brands of Dies and Embossing Folders and is very versatile.
You just need the Big Shot and some Dies. Build a sandwich with base plate, die, paper and cutting pads. Into the maschine and - done!
The Big shot slot has a width of 6 Inch and accepts all lengthes.