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Been around the block but still Green

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by DerbyCityGraphics, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    Hello everyone, my name is Dwayne. I been doing cut vinyl, premade body wraps, tinting, ect, for about a year now and loving it. I'm looking into getting a store front and wanting to try my hand at digital printing. I come from a back around of CNC programing/custom metal fab and also did a few years in Warehouse management.

    I'm wanting a 60+ inch printer/cutter/laminator combo. I do have a budget of about 15k-20k to spend. I would rather buy new but a very nice used unit would do me just well. I have done some research and I just don't have the budget, "with getting everything else I need for the store, and misc", to buy a high dollar beauty. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start looking for a gently used or display machine?

    Thank You.
    -Dwayne
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    welcome from cali :thumb:

    print/cut/lam is gonna be way over budget...start by outsourcing till your budget is at least doubled.
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Welcome from PA..................
     
  4. Fatboy

    Fatboy Very Active Member

    Welcome from South Africa
    :southafrica:
     
  5. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    Thanks guys for the welcomes. Maybe a cutter/printer is more in my budget
     
  6. sar bossier

    sar bossier Very Active Member

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    If you print, you MUST laminate ... no way around that. Like someone else suggested, design it, then outsource the printing and laminating until you can afford to invest in the right equipment.
     
  7. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    i can afford a printer/cutter and ill just have to outsource a laminator for now
     
  8. sar bossier

    sar bossier Very Active Member

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    You can get really cheap laminators (chinese/mexican = mine) for around 2000.00 for a 62", less if you look.
     
  9. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    SAr Bossier, where did you get yours, if you dont mind me asking?
     
  10. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    has anyone ever have any time in on a Summa printer/cutter?
     
  11. Edna

    Edna Member

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    I have a roland and no laminator.
     
  12. ThinkRight

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    I have a DC4sx
    Just making stickers with it.
    Huge learning curve but if a A/C mechanic can do it anyone can.
    It works great ,but it has it's limitations.
    I am still learning how to use it ,and from what I understand it will do way more than I will ever use it for.
    You will like the no-maintenance aspect of a thermal.
    It stays shut down for weeks and fires up and prints in about 5 minutes.
     
  13. DerbyCityGraphics

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    im looking at the 64". how well would you all say it would work for printing for banners adn body wraps?
     
  14. ThinkRight

    ThinkRight Active Member

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    Wraps....Not sure
    Banners would probably ok.
     
  15. ThinkRight

    ThinkRight Active Member

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    I think it comes in 54"
    http://www.summausa.com/products/dc4.php
     
  16. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    I was looking at the S Class T Series
     
  17. ThinkRight

    ThinkRight Active Member

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    That is a cutter only
    I thought you said" Summa printer/cutter?"
     
  18. DerbyCityGraphics

    DerbyCityGraphics New Member

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    yea i see that now lol
     
  19. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    Why are you spending cash?
    if you lease you hold onto your capital for a rainy day. If you are afraid of lease payments in your overhead you need a different plan.
    plus right now there are really great low rates from manufacturers.

    oh and get a laminator, you really really ...really will need one from the beginning, not just lam but mount too.

    if you really need to cut back, get a 54 inch setup instead of a 64. Just outsource the jobs that are too big.
     
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