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Mimaki 2513 or Vanguard VR5D

Discussion in 'Flatbed Printers' started by citygrafx, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. citygrafx

    citygrafx New Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    United States
    We are looking to purchase a new UV printer. We are currently running an HP Hybrid and we are now looking for a flatbed. Does anyone have any experience with either the Mimaki 2513, 2513ex or Vangaurd VR5D?. Any comments regarding likes or dislikes on either machine, how service has been and overall experience is welcome.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2019
  2. ABA Visibility Products

    ABA Visibility Products Merchant Member

    Jan 3, 2019
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Vanguard all the way. Dave Cich owner of Vanguard is a stand up guy. You will not go wrong with his machines nor the way he takes care of you after.
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  3. citygrafx

    citygrafx New Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    United States
    Thank you for your response. We have met Dave Cich and Jim with Vangaurd, both have been wonderful to interact with. We have been looking for a flatbed for about a year now and we keep coming back to Vangaurd or Mimiaki as our top machines due to size, meeting our printing needs and price point. Do you have a Vangaurd? If so, how long have you had your machine and have you had any issues with your machine?
  4. Texastech

    Texastech New Member

    Oct 21, 2019
    If you are going to do a Mimaki definitely go with the ex if you are going to use speciality colors like white and clear due to the third printhead. That extra printhead makes a big different in print time if your going to be pumping out lots of signage. I am a tech with a distributor of wide format printing mimaki, Oki, canon but have no experience with Vanguard.
  5. Superior_Adam

    Superior_Adam Member

    Dec 13, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    We had a Mimaki and although a great machine it was too slow for us and we had to find something faster as our demand kept increasing. Very easy to run and maintain, and it was very dependable. To print a 4x8 it took almost 17 minutes printing CMYK though so if you have high volume or expect increased demand might want to look at something faster. I am sure some stuff has changed as we had one of the first 9 that came into the states.
  6. danger

    danger Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Did you decide ?

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