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  • Looking to buy a New Printer, tips & advice please?

  • Ben urwin

    Member
    June 9, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Hi everyone

    New to the forum and looking to purchase a printer to expand from the current vinyl cutting business.
    What things should I be on the lookout for?

    Thanks

    Ben

  • Neil Danley

    Member
    June 9, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Epson S80600 is an amazing printer! I’ve owned for about 2yrs and really happy with it. 10 colours including white.

    Neil D.

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I have to agree with Neil, it’s probably the best solvent printer on the market at the moment. Be prepared to haggle, then you should be able to get a decent deal.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Got a demo on the Epson on Monday, will probably sell all my existing kit once it’s installed

  • Ben urwin

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    I don’t think I’m quite at the level of pulling out for an Epsom. Been pretty much looking at printers around 3-5k. Just the regular Roland or Mimaki is what seems to keep popping up. I’m also unsure of either getting print only or print and cut.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Will have 3 for sale if you’re interested

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 9:37 am
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Got a demo on the Epson on Monday, will probably sell all my existing kit once it’s installed

    I think you’ll like it….

  • James Boden

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 11:18 am

    What’s the advantage of the Epson over other solvent printers Jamie?

    Speed/quality? Both?

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 11:41 am
    quote James Boden:

    What’s the advantage of the Epson over other solvent printers Jamie?

    Speed/quality? Both?

    I would say both. We’ve previously had Mimaki printers, which have been great, but the Epson is better. It’s quiet, fast and reasonably economical, the print quality is fantastic, plus the extra colours do give you more options. I’d have another if we were in the market. If you haggle with your dealer, you’ll also get a better price than the equivalent Mimaki or Roland.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 11:53 am

    What kind of money should I be looking to pay Jamie? Having a 64” Summa plotter in as a bundle

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    What kind of money should I be looking to pay Jamie? Having a 64” Summa plotter in as a bundle

    Emailed you.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 12:12 pm

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  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    How about the reliability of the epson?

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    So far (6 months), extremely reliable. They are pretty tightly locked down to Epson certified engineer’s computers, so if you like to tinker or maintain your own machines, it may not be suitable, as you can’t change heads etc yourself. Doesn’t
    bother me, as we’ll have a service contract when the 2 year warranty runs out.

  • Ben urwin

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    What kind of price would I be looking at for the ones your selling Kev also which models do you have?

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    54” versacam print & cut
    64” pro 3 print only
    64” pro 4 print & cut
    Going to keep my antique sp30 to service the clothing side of the business. I’m pretty sure I’m breaking forum rules punting them out on here, can I suggest you give me a call if you’re interested

  • Ben urwin

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Where about would I find your number mate? Also where abouts are you? I’m going to have a full read over rules now in case I’m falling foul of any

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Facebook would be a good start

  • Ben urwin

    Member
    June 10, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I think I have found you on there mate

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 9:14 am
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    Got a demo on the Epson on Monday, will probably sell all my existing kit once it’s installed

    How did you get on with your demo?

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Thought it was a brilliant machine Jamie, little bit daunted by Onyx after so many years with using VersaWorks but Roland have now thrown a spanner in the works by urging me to look at their new offering which they believe to be even better ( of course, they have to claim that ) don’t really want to hang around for too long kicking tyres, anyone have any info of this as yet unknown Roland?

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Onyx is a tad more complex than VersaWorks, but once you get your head around it, it’s very good. Out of interest, do you know which Roland they are talking about? I would say the Epson is currently the best, but the others will no doubt be playing catchup.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 10:25 am

    It’s the Roland Vf2 640, not been launched yet apparently, I’m being offered the first one off the blocks, that makes me nervous

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 10:59 am

    I think it would make me nervous as well.

    The thing that I find odd about Roland, is that the take-up is an option, whereas it’s standard with the Epson. I can’t see the point of this, as any production machine is pretty useless without it. Maybe they’ll offer it free in a bundle….

  • David Wilde

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 11:23 am
    quote Kevin Mahoney:

    It’s the Roland Vf2 640, not been launched yet apparently, I’m being offered the first one off the blocks, that makes me nervous

    I’ve got the VG2 640 with the orange ink. I believe the new offering has green ink too.

    The VG2 is excellent. Quick gassing off. Very vibrant (the solid orange is nearly dayglo) and it’s the cleanest solvent machine I’ve come across. Weekly manual clean is basically pointless but I do it anyway.

    I operate onyx for our latex and find it easy enough to operate but frustratingly slow when booting, cancelling jobs and tiling certain file types. That’s as much to do with the latex having to complete its curing cycle / media load routine though.

  • David Wilde

    Member
    June 17, 2020 at 11:24 am

    You’re right about the take up though Jamie. Strange that its considered an ‘extra’

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