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Laminating

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by APIM, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. APIM

    APIM New Member

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    I got such a HUGE amount of help last time, I am trying again for new info! :thankyou:
    We are looking to purchase a laminating machine for our new Epson GS6000 and we haven't quite figured out what route to take. Any suggestions? Hot or Cold, is there a difference? Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    we just put an order in for the new seal EL 54" cold laminator. its had great reviews and as its a seal(top brand) you can't go wrong. we also looked at a rs (royal sov) but went with the seal. i'm lead to belive the difference between cold and hot lam is that if you have heat it eliminates the silvering you get, however, that goes away in time if you use a cold lam.
     
  3. We have a Royal Soverign with heat assist, we have had it for about 6 years now. Great laminator we have never needed to have it serviced (knock on wood) BUT.......we only used the heat assist for about the first 6 months. Don't spend the extra $$$, it's not worth it.

    jer
     
  4. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    Remember the adage: It's better to HAVE it and not need it, then to need it and NOT have it"
     
  5. LenR

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    re:Laminator

    Take a look at AGL. If you need a contact person I can pass along the guy I deal with (if it's permitted). He's really down to earth.
    I have a larger one and have never lost a job...never!
     
  6. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Member

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    AGL is your best bet. Last laminator you'll need to purchase.
     
  7. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    might be worth your drive to the ISA show in Vegas at the end of this month... tons of deals to be had, plus you can scoop up a floor-model for peanuts since most dealers would rather ship it directly to you from the show.
     
  8. APIM

    APIM New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice! Is there any application that cold lam can't do but a heat lam can???
     
  9. baxter gamble

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    We bought a great laminator from Matt at Advantage Sign Supply. We have the GBC 1064WFC for our Epson GS6000. We also have a 48" and 24 Ledco.
     
  10. Firefox

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    Yes!

    But realize that heat assist is not Hot laminating. Heat assist warms the laminate and allows the pressure sensitive adhesive to wet out a little easier so you don't get silvering. Silvering is very common on cold laminating and cold laminating with the Big Squeegee. The silvering typically disappears within 24 hours or usually sooner. Heat assist can be useful if you use your laminator in a real cold environment.

    Hot Laminating gets much hotter and actually melts the adhesive causing it to fuze to the substrate, not to be used on vinyl or anything that might melt or distort when exposed to high temperature. Also the hot laminating films are not designed for stretching like you need to for wrapping vinyl onto curved surfaces like cars, over rivets, etc.

    Hot laminating is for Papers, card stocks and such and you can encapsulate the item with it where encapsulating with cold lam is not usually recommended.
     
  11. coastek

    coastek New Member

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    I believe the hot laminator can be used as a heat assist machine when lower the temperature setting or a cold laminator machine when turn off the heat. If price is not huge different between a heat assist and a hot machine, the hot machine will be a better choice..
     
  12. jmcnicoll

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    AGL all the way if you want the best!!!
     
  13. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Check out our laminators. They make good companion tools with power laminators and often eliminates the need for one in low volume shops.
     
  14. APIM

    APIM New Member

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    Actually I did look at those... I am pretty sure we are going to get one until we can find room and a greater need for a big laminator!
     
  15. SlightlyChilled

    SlightlyChilled Very Active Member

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    BIG SQUEEGEE is one of if not the best tool in my shop. Dale was SO helpful when I was starting out and helping me out with what I NEEDED. It was like he was not trying to make a sale just helping a friend make the right choice. I LOVE MY BIG SQUEEGEE and DALE for making a super useful tool..
     
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