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Suggestions Oki Printer Vs Roland Truevis

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Printers' started by K2, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. K2

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    OK, so let me start by stating my budget is $20,000. I am a small shop that does its fair share of printing but nothing like some of you large production company. I currently run a Roland SP 540v and although she is old she is still kicking getting the job done, just very slowly. So speed is'nt a huge factor because anything will be fast compared to what i'm used to. I want a reliable work horse.

    So I went to the NBM show this week to look at a particular printer I have been studying for awhile now and of course I liked it in person. That printer is a Roland Truevis VG-540 and show price about $19,000. After checking it out I walked around and I came across another printer and it was an Oki Color Paint E-64s. The print was great looking (but arent they all at the show). Even better was the price of $12,500. With this price I could get a separate plotter also and stay on budget. The Oki comes with Onyx so no software buy needed. I will be getting an extra 10" of print and plot capabilities and more versatlity in my business. With all that being said my question is, has anyone had any experience with the Oki? What are you opinions on it? Pros & cons? Or do I put this out of my head and stick with what I know and that is Roland. Thanks for any help.
     
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  2. danno

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    I can speak for the M-64. The ink set is great. Lots of bite. Very pleased with the little bit of support that I have needed.
     
  3. K2

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    Where did you buy it at Danno? I would be getting mine from Reece Supply, I havent had much dealing with them so I was just curious. With it being a fairly new printer I def want to know the customer service is going to be there.
     
  4. Joe House

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    Oki bought the Seiko line of Color Painters. They're generally pretty good printers, but I have no experience with the E-64s. Just check to make sure where your service comes from. You'll probably find a lot more Roland dealers and Roland printers out there. So your resources will be much broader.
    Also, the VersaWorks Dual is almost identical to the original as far as operations are concerned, so there will be very little in the way of a learning curve.

    And you're right, most anything sold today will be a step up from what you have. Happy hunting...
     
  5. BigfishDM

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    Wow, at $12,500 that is a pretty great deal! The machine is a great machine but has always been overpriced in my opinion, the fact that it has been kicked around to 3 different companies is a little concerning though. It used to be the Seiko 64 S, then it was an HP-9000, now its an Oki 64
     
  6. K2

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    That is one of the concerns I have. if it wasnt for the price point of the printer and a separate plotter (ideal setup) then I would def just stick to what I know and that is Roland. But the TrueVis is also newer technology. I have had an Oki desktop printer and that thing was great but that's not quite comparable to this printer.
     
  7. BigfishDM

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    Well here are the promos by Mimaki going on right now, they have the JV150-130 for $9995.00
    promotions | Mimaki USA
     
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    You could also get into a brand new Latex 335 64" machine for just under $12k, you would be able to do more applications with Latex in my opinion. You would not have to worry about running it everyday either.
     
  9. K2

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    Wow that is a great price on the Mimakis.

    To be honest I am scared to death of the latex. I've heard so many different reviews on them that I don't know which way to lean.
     
  10. DunbarPG

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    TruVis definitely still has it's bugs. I lost a print head less than 6 months in. Roland has been great though. I upgraded from the SP540V to the VG540 and it absolutely blew me away at first. Then, I had all kinds of problems....but that all seemed to stem from the faulty head. After warranty replacement, I have no complaints with the machine. Quality and Speed are far superior to the SP540V.
     
  11. BigfishDM

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    Yes the prices are pretty good on those mimaki's, you should not be afraid of Latex, it is a very user friendly machine. I would really recommend looking at a 335 by HP to be honest.
     
  12. danno

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    We purchased our M-series through Tubelite, September 2015.
     
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