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Best used vinyl printer for stickers?

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by Briangudas, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Briangudas

    Briangudas New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I run a printing business with big epsons (aqueous) but I pretty regularly think about printing stickers for a few of the new product lines we are going to introduce. Long term a >60" solvent printer is in the plans but short term I would like to get something that I could practice with... so the question is if you had to pick a 3-5 year old used system that would print on vinyl stickers with good resolution and reasonably priced ink what would it be... i only use epson OEM ink in the production systems right now so I am used to paying for it... so a smaller and cheaper solution would be great to start

    Really appreciate any insight

    Regards
    Brian Gudas
     
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  2. player

    player Major Contributor

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    Roland SP300V
     
  3. Briangudas

    Briangudas New Member

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    Thanks Player, appreciate the feedback... do you think there is anything lower level to start with? It isnt that much money but for 5K I would likely go for a bigger solvent printer.. looking for something in the 1-2K range that will do the trick.. anything possible? Thanks Bg
     
  4. Valentino

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    I chose a Mutoh 1204 (48") system almost 7 years ago and it is still going strong. The quality, ease of use, and simple design.

    When I thought I had a catastrophic fuze blow out 5 months ago which would render the printer worthless, my first choice was to get estimates for a new 1204. Luckily the fuze was a $5 fix, and other than a few blocked nozzles the printer is going strong.
     
  5. player

    player Major Contributor

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    Sure but with print + cut + rip + registration after laminating for cut + resale value it would be a good one. But I don't know much about other printers...
     
  6. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    not going to find a printer for $2k that will be worth your time plugging-in. (unless you get a desktop CriCut)
    although, you can most likely get a mimiaki jv3 160sp for that much and only have to put-in another 1-2k in parts to get it back to brand-new condition, assuming you do the work yourself. this printer is a tank.
     
  7. Mosh

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    For $5K you will go for something bigger??? LOL, try $20K.
     
  8. omgsideburns

    omgsideburns Very Active Member

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    the best used printer is one that still prints..
     
  9. rcook99

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    I bought my Mutoh 1204 from Dave at Graphic Resource Systems for a $7,000 delivered and have never looked back. It has been about 18 months and knock on wood no issues.
     
  10. Plopez210

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    Always do your research when looking at used items even takes care of their toys differently. I love my jv33 mimaki is great
     
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    Mutoh Falcon Jr

    I have a Mutoh Falcon Jr for $3500 and also a second one for parts. Second one could make a 2nd working printer with new maintenance station and heads
     
  12. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    For that kind of money get a vinyl cutter with an optical sensor, laminate your prints off the epson and you are in the short term sticker business, Finding a working solvent printer for 2k will be tuff.
     
  13. Sven

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    Valentino, I'm thinking of getting a 1204.. do you have a hard time finding print vinyl and banner material? The 48"/50" width seems hard to find.
     
  14. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    Oracal now makes their 3641 printable in 50"
    I think mutoh has a 48" banner
     
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