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Considering the VS540

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Gene@mpls, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    I am thinking I may sell my VP540 in favor of a VS. This machine has one
    head as I understand? What head is that and what does it cost? Seems
    having only one head would be an advantage in some ways (less alignments
    to stray) but certainly more expensive. Does anyone know the track record
    of these heads? I still have the original heads in the 4yo VP and it has been
    a great printer. Any other comments from users- how does the machine
    layout differ from other Roland printers. I assume the print speed is comparable
    to the VP? The new $20k price is attractive, and we print a lot. Thanks Gene
     
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  2. Andrew O

    Andrew O Merchant Member

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    I was going to leave this thread to owners, since I'm clearly biased toward recommending you buy one. Since no one has jumped in, feel free to send me a PM and I'll be happy to get you any information you need. There will also be several around the floor in Vegas next week if you're there.
     
  3. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    Those heads

    That head will cost you 2400.00 form Roland, around 1600.00 on the open market. They are nice heads and as you pointed out and easy to install. They are about 2 generations behind what Epson is currently making. Look at the specs but I believe they can do a smaller drop size then your current printer. Even with the new prices you should also look at the Mimaki CJV30-130. Similar price as the Roland but you get up to 16 carts of 440ml inks and the all important reversing auto take up.
     
  4. kanini

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    Don't go with the metallic+white unless you already have a lot of jobs for it... Otherwise a great machine, wish I had one (I just run the SP540i but I've been demoed the VS). If you have a truckload of extra cash, consider the new soljet 4 perhaps? That one has reversing take up reel also and great speed...
     
  5. JTBoh

    JTBoh I sell signage and signage accessories.

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    There's ways around the metallic/white "leak" issue, btw ;)
     
  6. tomence

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    Get the Roland, it has newer printhead than the Mimaki. It prints beautiful, you won't be sorry.
     
  7. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies so far- I have been doing research and it seems that
    the VS uses the DX-6 head and most people like it. One head means only
    one capping station as well. $1600 is not a deal breaker but it has to be
    a Roland I am afraid... they have made me a *ton* of money and I am getting
    to like Vworks finally. Thanks
     
  8. tomence

    tomence Very Active Member

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    What's $1600 if it breaks only once every 4-5 years?
     
  9. H Racing

    H Racing New Member

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    I have a vs540 worked perfect for 2 years then 4 months later the black print head is screwing up and will have to be replaced. I only run Roland inks and still have to replace print head.
     
  10. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Give me a call H Racing and I will try to help as CS Sign Supply is an Authorized Roland Service Center.
     
  11. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    After two years, I would like to find out more details such as shot counts and print time.
     
  12. H Racing

    H Racing New Member

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    I would be glad to send some pics. Send me a text to 7065510832 my name is Len Hendrix Thanks.
     
  13. hyperdrive

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    I owned the vs640..White and silver inks.. As Im sure you were told you have to want the inks or need them!!! They make beautiful prints!!! Im anal about quality and it satisfied me!!!
    I miss that machine!!! I own the xr640 with the same ink set.. You wont go wrong with the vs series...
     
  14. DRamm76

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    For the record, I love how everyone is so concerned with the cost of print heads (after market) blah blah blah. Do you know how many service calls we go on each month that are due to lack of maintenance? A LOT..I'd say 80-90%
    I had a customer who bought an SP-300 (not the V) back in 2003..He just recently added on an SP-300i for some extra work. He got two new print heads for his older machine just simply because he was financing the new printer and wanted to roll the cost into the payment. He didnt even need the heads. He took such good care of that machine it wasnt even funny. The printer is your lifeblood of your business. Maintain it well and you wont be searching sign forums for after market print heads after the first 2 years.
     
  15. H Racing

    H Racing New Member

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    I never said anything about aftermarket and would clean my printer at least once a week most of the time twice a week. I would be glad to send you some pics to see if you could tell me what caused the black head to start misfiring the rest of the colors are perfect I have got price from my Roland dealer all I have ever used was oem parts.
     
  16. Custom_Grafx

    Custom_Grafx Very Active Member

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    I had the VS640 double CMYK... for about 2 years... it's ok. Get it correctly profiled at 2, 4, 6 and 8 pass and you're laughing. 2 pass billboard for mesh banner used to FLY! 4 pass for basic quick stuff, 6 for most things, and 8 for better quality products gave me the best combination of qualities I needed in my shop. For the speed, the quality you get out of 6 pass is great, but you do need a custom made profile to get that quality from that setting.
     
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