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Newbie Here..hello everyone! A Roland SP300 Head Question?

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by TurboStitches, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. TurboStitches

    TurboStitches New Member

    Nov 11, 2013
    Hello everyone, I am a Newbie, wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions, not sure if I should post my questions here, any feedback on how the forums work are welcome.

    I have been doing embroidery and screen printing and just purchased a used Roland SP300V to add to my business.

    I knew it had issues when I bought it, but this is such an impressive machine I can't wait to get it up and running.

    So after extensive maintenance and parts replacement I need a new black head, but I am so confused because I see them on ebay much cheaper than my Roland dealer. I am replacing it myself but don't want to buy anything that will cause me more issues, any feedback on this......most say they are genuine in Roland sealed pkg with ranking #??? Any concerns I should be aware of?

    If I posted this in the wrong area - sorry. New to this!!
  2. rturner381

    rturner381 Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    HEY! from getting warmer ATL
  3. JBusch260

    JBusch260 Active Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    Greetings from Ft Wayne, Indiana!

    I run a Mimaki, but one thing I always consider is that when you buy from a dealer, you have a much better guarantee than with eBay. Don't let saving a few bucks cost you more in the long run. Best of luck!

    EDIT: typo
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    welcome from cali :thumb:
  5. Solventinkjet

    Solventinkjet DIY Printer Fixing Guide

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    Try out Solventinkjet.com! We have the heads in stock in the US and we will even help you with the install over the phone.
  6. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

    Feb 7, 2005

    Hi, welcome from BC! I run an SP300 and I'm told that head replacement is beyond the scope of the average person, that a tech is required. However, the offer above from VanderJ sounds pretty good. Good luck with it and please let me know how you make out 'cause I prob should be replacing the black head on my machine also. Cheers! Ken
  7. TurboStitches

    TurboStitches New Member

    Nov 11, 2013
    Thanks everyone!
  8. premiercolour

    premiercolour Sales and services from S. California

    We dealer with venderj. No problem.

    Make sure you not only turn of the machine; but unplug the power cord from the printer. Make sure no ink drops on any of the electronic component parts before you turning back on the machine.
  9. TurboStitches

    TurboStitches New Member

    Nov 11, 2013
    I did it!

    Purchased my new head, plus cap tops and dampers. I replaced the head, cap tops and dampers myself and my machine is working perfect. Thanks for all the feedback on my first thread. Just some advice for anyone who wants it.....Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something! It was not easy and took lots of knowledge, patience and understanding of how this machine works but I did it!
  10. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    Where did you end up buying your new head and parts from?
  11. SolitaryT

    SolitaryT Member

    Apr 29, 2010
    I wouldn't call myself incompetent by any stretch, but even if you DO know how to replace a head in your printer, I would still have a tech come out and do it, and ask him/her if they mind you watching and asking questions. (As we can all attest, sometimes we HATE when customers look over our shoulders, so I always ASK FIRST.) That way, not only are you learning from someone experienced about your own printer, but you have someone who has the backing of whatever company they're working for, which means if it breaks in a week, you're not high and dry at square one. A little investment up front will save you TONS of money in the long run with printers. If you're really passionate about DYI printer maintenance, get certified as a tech yourself, and then you could even make a little extra cash on the side. ;-)

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