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I love my SP-300v

Discussion in 'Roland' started by MrkGxd, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. MrkGxd

    MrkGxd New Member

    Jun 11, 2019
    New York City
    I've had it a few months now purchased it second hand with the heads freshly replaced and general maintenance done. Outside of the learning curve and the headache of understanding ICC Profiles its been a great machine and has done all I've expected of it. Guessing this is more like an appreciation thread, I see tons about these machines when they aren't performing correctly.

    All in all love my SP-300v I'm actually in the market for a 540i
  2. premiercolour

    premiercolour Sales and services from S. California

    Try to find VP300(i), VP540(i). SP series is a bit too slow for production. Next step up, VS300 VS540. Great printers.
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  3. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member

    I also love my SP-300V and it works great most of the time.
    For the type of work I do this was a great investment for me.

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  4. TechnoLett

    TechnoLett Member

    Jan 9, 2017
    Montreal, Quebec Canada
    Bought my SP300 in 2004, and so here we are in 2019 and still going strong, i converted it to an SP300V, changed heads twice in 15 years since! These first versions of SP series were well built work horses, not so sure about the more recent versions tho!
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  5. Jim Hill

    Jim Hill Active Member


    My SP300 was new also 2004

    I purchased from the original owner in 2010 along with the Roland box along with all the manuals and other paperwork.
    I converted mine to an SP-300V around 2014 and along the way I installed two new heads along with many other parts.

    The printer is a true work horse and for the cost of my original investment of $5,250.00 it as performed well over the past nine years. Now it works perfectly with VersaWorks on Windows 10 software and when it's time to sell it makes it a much easier sale to someone.

    A Roland Tech told me it was one of the best printer they ever made.

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
  6. Phil Swanson

    Phil Swanson Premium Subscriber

    Feb 27, 2006
    Another 15 year old SP300. Replaced 1 head and 1 pump! !5 years and this printer has paid for itself many times over.

    My wife thought that I was crazy for buying it, now we couldn't be in business without it!
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  7. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Carroll, Iowa
    I don't have a high production shop so my SP300V and SP540V do the job well. They are workhorses and I can do all the maintenance as well as changing heads, cables, etc so it saves my small business a lot of money. John
  8. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

    May 23, 2008
    How often do you have to replace the heads?

    My 2008 SP540V worked great and then in March of 2017 the blue head went out (spraying a blue mist on the edges of text) and the local tech wanted $1200 to replace it, so I decided to replace the head myself and purchased one from SolventInkJet.com for $735. I have the top-secret Roland Service manual and watched a YouTube video on how to change the head, I am very meticulous and did a perfect job replacing the head and then the follow-up alignment procedure. The printer was printing like new but now a little over two years and the black print head is doing the same thing. I do weekly maintainest cleaning and have NOT had any kind of head strike. I am just wondering if they sold me a sub-standard head because the first head from Roland lasted 9 years and this replacement head only lasted 2 years.
  9. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Carroll, Iowa
    Phototec, I've replaced heads in as little as a year and as long as 5 years. I don't know why they go out specifically other than head strikes. John
  10. player

    player Major Contributor

    Apr 24, 2006
    I would stay away from vp's. Board design issues and other issues. They are not the same build quality.

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