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  • Digital Printers for Rent

    Posted by Steven Griffiths on September 18, 2004 at 12:31 pm

    Hello All 😀
    Over the last few weeks I have been inundated with requests from Customers for Printed Graphics. I could farm all this out but me and my business partner have decided to have a go and rent a machine. He’s not clued up at all on digital prints. I have a few years experience on a Jetster and the Gerber edge.
    Does anyone know where I can possibly Lease a machine? I would go to spandex and all the other Big companys but in the past I have found them highly expensive and difficult to get along with.
    This is possibly a really big long shot, but does anyone fancy leasing out a machine thats – highly unlikely- gathering dust in a dark corner somewhere?
    Thanks everyone.

    Mark Shipley replied 19 years, 8 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    September 18, 2004 at 12:59 pm

    I think there are a few companies leasing machines. I know a good few do cutter packages, but for the average price on a cutter ide advise to buy…

    I know printmax do lease deals on the grenadier and cadet. But im not convinced its better than buying. If you’re a big print shop with plenty regular print requiring customers then yes. But no… Im not convinced.

    The problems with a lease are you’re tied to them in some way.
    Short term leases are fine… 6 months to a year… if your going for allot longer ide say just buy it… the bank will sort you out with something attractive in comparison. At the end of the day the machine is yours then…

    I’m sure many may have deferent views to me… just my opinion… 🙄

  • Keith Nilsen

    Member
    September 18, 2004 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Jagged,

    I have just project-managed the installation of a Grenadier in an established London sign company. My remit, among others, also covered the topic you raised, namely the transition from traditional vinyl cutting into printing and cutting, and all the elements required to do so seamlesly.

    If you are interested in following Robs advice (which I would personally agree with, by the way) please don’t hesistate to contact me for a discussion. I look forward to speaking to you.

    Regards,

    Keith

  • Adrian Hewson

    Member
    September 19, 2004 at 7:43 pm

    Have had Gerber edge for 2 years (hassle hassle hassle) just bought a Roland SC540EX (sounded like a good machine and finance is easy to get, didnt have any work for it but thought I could sell its capability)

    Bloody thing hasnt stopped going from the day it arrived, the edge is redundant, we hardly buy normal vinyl and we are selling signs that previously we couldnt make, we hardly need fitters and the customers are creaming.

    Buy it and see (unles you have buckets of competition round the corner)

    Adrian the converted

  • Mark Shipley

    Member
    September 20, 2004 at 7:08 am

    Hi Jagged,

    We looked at the leasing options for various machines including the Cadet, but after sitting down and working out that what you were actually paying for was all the tied-in monthly deliveries of supplies i.e. inks and vinyls!

    We realised the amount of supplies that would delivered was huge, so if production didn’t take off immediately or stay at a high level we would have been swamped with huge amounts of ink and vinyl that we didn’t need/want or even like.

    The decision was made, coppers and pocket fluff were counted and a Roland Verscamm was purchased. Leaving us with the ability to decide which vinyls to buy and from whatever supplier we chose.

    Leasing did sound like a nice idea, but for us it would have been very limiting – flexibilty and freedom were far more important.

    It’s not an easy choice to make, but as Rob said “At the end of the day the machine is yours then… ” – very true indeed.

    Mark

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