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DC-DC4sx unsupported materials used

Discussion in 'Summa' started by stylin, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. stylin

    stylin New Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Looking at either the Gerber FX (more material choices and compact) or DC4sx (larger material and smaller pricetag). Worked with Edges for 7 years at other sign shops and I've just beat the them to death with everything I've printed. I like the Edge because of the variety of vinyl I'm able to use (approved and unapproved materials). Didn't matter what I used, everything worked great. What kind of materials for the DC4-DC4sx, especially colored and metallics is everyone else using that works fine. This is the biggest reason I'm leaning more to the Gerber.

  2. PGSigns

    PGSigns Active Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    I think I may be the only one on here with a DC4SX. I have printed on several of the rtape specialty materials. White, yellow, red, orange, and light blue Oracal 651 so far and still trying others. The only color I have found so far that the machine does not like is black. Its overall capabilities go way past where the edge can go with size and materials.
  3. dclet

    dclet Active Member

    Dec 23, 2004
  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    I've just installed a DC4.
    I've had an Edge for 10years.
    One issue I've already had is the DC won't work with red, or
    so I've been told by the sales guy and Summa. I haven't actually tried it.
    But it was explained that it's a problem with the light sensor in the machine that is a red light. It can't "read" red material.
  5. Todd Jelle

    Todd Jelle Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    I'm about ready to get a DC4. I used a DC1 several years ago.
    I remeber it worked well...when it worked.
    I remember problems with head alignment & replacing parts by mail when it was broke. Summa was very prompt at getting parts out but ...ouch,$$$, & down time swaping out parts, again & again until it was working again.

    I know they have newer features but are the newer models better, less down time?
    Do they stll have alignment problems where the head passes don't line up sometimes? etc...
    can they be trusted to print vinyl while I'm sleeping?
    Other problems??

    I don't want to go inkjet. I want prints ready to install & I just want to make sure these machines have better reliability than they did 5-6 years ago.
    Thanks in advance.
    Please let me know.
  6. PGSigns

    PGSigns Active Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    I have had my DC4SX for 4 months now and it has done good so far. The thing is built like a tank. Contour cut over long runs does real good. I had some problems with the pass alignment and they showed me how to run it in service mode and make the adjustments. Overall I have been happy with it. The Summa support team is very good.

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