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Mutoh Bulk System - Generic Ink Recommendations

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by lbpalm, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. lbpalm

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    I have a Mutoh bulk ink system on a VJ1624.
    I'd like to try some generic ink bags; does anyone have an experience-based recommendation for a quality replacement that will save a few bucks?
    Thanks in advance..
     
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  2. Antnee

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    We get our bulk ink from Premier Colour in California. They sell Bordeaux ink and it works awesome! They are a sponsor on this page.

     
  3. lbpalm

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    im using Nutec NUBis system. get it from Kover and am happy with price and performance
     
  5. FatCat

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    Had been using JetBest for over 4+ years in a Mutoh 1204, 1604 and 1624. Just made the switch to STS ink last fall. STS is made in America and ship out of Florida. Great guys, very helpful - their ink has a little less smell than JetBest, both are good inks and never had to do any recalibration, etc. We run out of bulk ink tanks and direct tubing cartridges like these: Bulk ink supply system for Mutoh with Smart chip socket for VJ1614 / 1624 / 1638 | eBay
     
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  6. lbpalm

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    - Does this system retain a smart card?
    If so, any read issues on the 3rd party cards?
    Thanks again.
     
  7. FatCat

    FatCat Very Active Member

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    If you have a Mutoh, then to my knowledge you still have to use smart cards. Most 3rd party ink suppliers either throw them in, or will charge you $5 - $7/ea for them. They work pretty good most of the time, but it is in your best interest to keep a handful of each color in stock. I recently had a problem where 4 out of 6 cards I had were bad, that was definitely not the norm, just saying don't count on having 1-2 cards for each color as being a safe bet. I would keep 4-6 cards per color on hand just in case...
     
  8. lbpalm

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    got it.
    Thanks again Buddy.
    BTW, did you look at the Bordeaux system?
    thx.
     
  9. FatCat

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    Not a big fan of bordeaux.
     
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  10. floater302

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    STS inks all the way, and yes you have to use the cards still unless you do what i do and have someone rewrite the firmware so you dont need cards anymore,
     
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  11. lbpalm

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    wow lots of inks opinions!

    The Bordeaux dealer wants $500 to unlock the ink system.
    How much does STS charge?
    Thanks.
     
  12. Umca

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    I am fill Nazdar ink in my 1614 and 1624 printer. And paid $300 to some guy for unlock.
     
  13. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    I have been using JetBest for a few years now.
    Absolute no issues at all just like OEM Mutoh inks.

    SC
     
  14. matisx

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    Hello, I would like to ask you which refillable cartridges and inks in bottle would be best for myMutoh 1204. I bought it yesterday.
    thanks
     
  15. RG

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    I don't know which refillable cartridges are best. I have always used 440 cartridges in my 1204. Right now I'm using JetBest ink ($61 for a 440 cartridge). I have also used Bordeaux ink for several years. I can strongly recommend both JetBest and Bordeaux ink.
     
  16. FatCat

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    I personally prefer JetBest ink and have been a user for over 7 years. I tried STS, but had problems with it drying - haven't tried Bordeaux, but like I tell everyone considering switching to 3rd party ink - do your homework and talk to people who use it every day before you make up your mind.

    Also, this is the bulk ink system we use: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bulk-ink-s...128105?hash=item2a86ad4269:g:1GcAAMXQVT9S7wtC
     
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  17. lbpalm

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    where do you get JetBest?
     
  18. night eagle

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    I’m curious how much money you all are saving on your 3rd party inks. My question is the savings worth the risk?
     
  19. RG

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    I buy JetBest ink from Metro Supplies in Metairie, LA., with next day delivery because they are only about 100 miles away.
     
  20. premiercolour

    premiercolour A Mutoh, Mimaki dealer for sales and services

    You are saving about 40-50% over OEM ink cost. Recommended to change to Jetbest from OEM if you are using two sets per month.

    OEM 440 = $124 (approx)
    Jetbest 440 = $64
    Each cartridge you save $60. A set of cartridge of 4 color you save $240. If you are using two sets per month, you are saving $480. No flush needed, do three strong cleans after inserting Jetbest ink. Use OEM profile. Lots of savings towards future printer parts replacement or maintenance plan. Use bulk ink to save additional 50%.
     
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