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  • Latex printer or do I stick with a Solvent printer? Views and opinions please.

     Martyn Heath updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago 6 Members · 10 Posts
  • Vince Brown

    Member
    May 13, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Hello all.
    I hope you’re all keeping well throughout this terrible time.

    We are looking to upgrade some gear in the coming months and I’m really on the fence about a printer.
    We have a 12odd year old Mimaki JV33 that is still chugging along. We run the Wassatch rip on it.
    My service engineer swears by our machine and HATES latex machines.
    He feels they aren’t built to last and use parts far quicker than our old Mimaki.

    Thing is, I’m now looking at speeding things up and the drying and print time of Latex is very attractive.
    Along with the purchase of a Mounters mate table, it could really help us get to the next level in production.

    What are your thoughts on Latex these days?
    Thanks all.

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    May 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I’d look at an Epson 80600 as well if you’re sticking to solvent. Fantastic machine.

  • Neil Danley

    Member
    May 14, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Seconded for an S80600, best machine I have seen and used. I might get another soon if the floor signage wave continues.

    Speak to Andy or Rich at Sedo, always been helpful.

    Neil D.

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    May 14, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Vince

    what area of printing do you do most of?
    is there one or more particular areas of print you are specifically wanting to speed up the drying time?
    Do you do a lot of print and contour cut, as in stickers and labels in high volume?

  • David Wilde

    Member
    May 14, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    I have both HP Latex 310 and more recently Roland VG2 solvent.

    The latex works a treat for anti scuff, instant laminate and ease of use.

    The VG2 is far superior in the print quality and vibrancy of colour. Also has the added print and cut capability and slighlty wider range of substrates but requires gassing off time and therefore slows down turnaround.

    It wont help you, but they are both great in my opinion.

    I would take a look at the what you mainly output and try and let that guide you in this decision. Pick the printer to suit the orders.

  • Vince Brown

    Member
    June 4, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    quote Robert Lambie:

    Hi Vince

    what area of printing do you do most of?
    is there one or more particular areas of print you are specifically wanting to speed up the drying time?
    Do you do a lot of print and contour cut, as in stickers and labels in high volume?

    Hello Rob,
    We mostly do local tradesmen work such as site boards and banners (as well as vehicles) and we’re looking to up our coverage on these outside of just our local area and offer more online.
    I’m leaning more towards a faster solvent printer to keep quality up. I’ve heard good things about the Epsons.
    Thanks

  • Vince Brown

    Member
    June 4, 2020 at 5:52 pm
    quote Jamie Wood:

    I’d look at an Epson 80600 as well if you’re sticking to solvent. Fantastic machine.

    Thanks Jamie, yes I’ve heard good things about these and a friend of mine has two I’ve found out recently!

  • Vince Brown

    Member
    June 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm
    quote Neil Danley:

    Seconded for an S80600, best machine I have seen and used. I might get another soon if the floor signage wave continues.

    Speak to Andy or Rich at Sedo, always been helpful.

    Neil D.

    Thanks Neil

  • Vince Brown

    Member
    June 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm
    quote David Wilde:

    I have both HP Latex 310 and more recently Roland VG2 solvent.

    The latex works a treat for anti scuff, instant laminate and ease of use.

    The VG2 is far superior in the print quality and vibrancy of colour. Also has the added print and cut capability and slighlty wider range of substrates but requires gassing off time and therefore slows down turnaround.

    It wont help you, but they are both great in my opinion.

    I would take a look at the what you mainly output and try and let that guide you in this decision. Pick the printer to suit the orders.

    Cheers David, I’ll look at those too.

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    June 5, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Also have a look at the mutoh range. Valuejet which i have has been very reliable and they are well priced especially if you only need 1370mm wide.

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