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Buying an used or brand new Roland BN-20

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Guilherme P, Aug 26, 2019.

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  1. Guilherme P

    Guilherme P New Member

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    Hey guys, I own a small business here in Brazil and my main products are custom mini plate keychains and necklaces.

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    I'm currently outsourcing all the printing/cutting of stickers sheets and applying the epoxy coating(doming) in my company. However, my demand increased in the last couple months and the logistics aren't working anymore.

    After searching the small/desktop printers, I came up with the Roland BN-20. Basically I have two options: buy an used unit (aprox. 40% cheaper compared to a brand new after taxes, $6k) or a new one from one of the Roland Dealer Reps ($8,5k).

    This will be my first plotter so I'm a little afraid to get my feet wet with and used machine and also the biggest investment as a company so far.

    According to the seller, the printer is in mint condition, they even not finished the original cartridge and he also sent me a print test

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    What would you guys recommend for a guy starting on this Industry?

    Thanks in advance,
    Guilherme
     
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  2. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member

    I would take a chance on the used printer.

    Almost 10 years ago I also purchases a used Roland SP-300 and it has paid for itself many times over.

    Jim
     
  3. Technician

    Technician Drive it hard

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    Hi. I will say be careful of the used machine
    the test print don’t look good. It’s deflection in black and it’s yellow in cyan. That can be because of possible head crash and internal bleeding between channels.
    A new print head is expensive.
    This machine has one Printit head with 8 channels so you can’t change the colour having problems. Maybe you should think of others machine that will handling wider

    Mike
     
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    Material, so you can use the machine for other products for your business.
     
  5. Technician

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    And make sure you can get a proper training to use and maintaining the machine.
     
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  6. asd

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    look for a sp300v its way better than the bn20 and the price of a used one may be cheaper than the bn20
     
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  7. scott700

    scott700 New Member

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    I have a BN-20 and a SP300V. I don't recommend the BN-20. There are a lot of flaws in it's design, it's slow, there's no front control panel, it can only be repaired by a roland technician with a special app, and I'm constantly having issues with missing nozzles. The SP300V is more reliable, it's faster, and it's easy to repair.
     
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