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Discussion in 'Laminators' started by Adam Conrad, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. Adam Conrad

    Adam Conrad Premium Subscriber

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    We need a laminator for low production in house.
    Thoughts on buying a new Seal 54el for $5700
    Or a used 62c on ebay for $4900? I am only working with printed vinyl usually 54" to laminate one side so I don't think I need heat. I like the idea of a wider laminator and possibly could use the extra width. I definitely need a laminator for mounting prints to substrate and for vehicle wraps.
    I appreciate any feedback.
     
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  2. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    I’m not familiar with either machine or their conditions but If you have a 64” printer I’d get a bigger laminator. If you have a 54” printer, you probably only need the 54” laminator unless planning to upgrade.

    That being said, most printers come pretty standard as 64” nowadays and having the extra width can’t really have any downsides.

    With regards to heat, we need heat with our UV printer to stop slivering. But even when just mounting prints the heat does make them go down nice and smooth. Just makes the vinyl a bit more malleable. Not necessary but nice to have also.
     
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  3. Notarealsignguy

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    I'm a fan of new unless there is a huge variance in the price or it's a non critical tool.
     
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  4. Adam Conrad

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    Thanks for the feedback. I suspected having top heat would be an advantage.
    I have a 64" printer so it would make sense to go for the lager laminator. Used is $4900 and new for that Seal base 64 is at least double that.
     
  5. netsol

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    the 64" laminator can inspire you to get a 64" printer in the future

    since both choices are seal, i won't go on about my high opinion of seal product, but i don't think buying a used seal is any sort of a gamble as long as the rollers are in good shape
     
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  6. GB2

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    I have a used 64" Royal Sovereign for a very low cost if you are interested.
     
  7. Adam Conrad

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    Sent you a pm
     
  8. player

    player Major Contributor

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    Laminating requires perfect rollers. Go new. Another aspect is how many feet the laminator will laminate without "candy caning" or skewing. Once it starts going off it goes more and more very quickly. So I vote new. If you are budget conscious and/or you're not high production there are low cost off shore alternatives. USTECH Laminators are popular. They have a variety of models. http://www.masterwarehouse.com/us/down_for_maintenance.html?zenid=jj6b3kpdhlja71jdbs0pibhas6
    The website was down for maintenance, hopefully not closed.
     
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  9. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    For low volume you can use a Big Squeegee for laminating and mounting. :welcome: 2 :signs101smilie:
     
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