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Looking to get solvent based printer...

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Prophet, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Prophet

    Prophet New Member

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    We have gerber edge 2 printer and it prints really awesome decals and graphics etc.

    Problem is the consumables are getting to be too expensive for us (foils).

    Is their a solvent based printer out there that prints nice decals and graphics but doesn't cost fortune (less than 15K) ?

    Because I hear that solvent based printers are cheaper to run?

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  2. bighun

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    You can get a Mimaki JV33 new for $18k or I've seen JV3's around $6-7k used.
    Personally I love UV printers, but spending $60k isn't easy to swallow.
     
  3. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    :Welcome:to:signs101: and for under 15 i would look into the Eco Solvent Mutoh VJ 48" Im very happy with mine!!!!
     
  4. synikster

    synikster New Member

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    Hey PMG, if you had extra money, would you consider buying the 64inch VJ? Curious.. What made you decide the 48 over the 64? Price or usuage wasn't needed?
     
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    PMG Very Active Member

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    Well the reason i got the 48" was the price,I had cash in hand and its paid in full,i got the package deal from SW for under 18 grand,plus i have a friend who has a sign shop and he has a 64" and a 100" so between the 2 of us things work out well!!!
     
  6. eforer

    eforer Active Member

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    Most media intended for use at 48" is sold on 54" rolls. I would buy a printer that can accommodate a roll that size. My vote is for a Mimaki JV3. I'm not crazy about the new single head thing on the JV33, its an unproven machine as of yet. The JV3 is really an industry standard. I'm not a big eco-sol fan, but if you have ventilation issues its a more viable options. Don't take safety lightly with solvent machines.
     
  7. Prophet

    Prophet New Member

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    Those printers look really nice but they are way too big for what we need.

    Those seem like mid to large size printers? (48"- 64")

    Is there any good quality smaller printers?

    We probably only need 12"- 24" max print width for short run decals and graphics.


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  8. TresL

    TresL Very Active Member

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    None in that size range.

    30" is the starting point.

    I would like see a smaller one as well.

    But, after being at the Indy show yesterday....
    It's all about bigger & bigger...
     
  9. oc63rag

    oc63rag Member

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    I completely understand that point but I would strongly suggest looking at larger sizes. Not only will it allow you to grow into new markets but you won't outgrow your equipment as fast. I hate telling customers/prospects "Sorry, we can't do that. Our printer only goes up to X size".
     
  10. Pro Image

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    Roland VP-300.............


    Its a 30in machine and is a Eco-solvent printer.........
     
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