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Need Help Startup printer recommendation: IPF680, Mutoh ValueJet 628 or other?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by jeffreygimenez74, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. jeffreygimenez74

    jeffreygimenez74 New Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    I have been in construction for 30+ years and have done mostly high end work for the past 10yrs. Due to a deteriorating back injury it's time to pursue a long time dream of creating carnival style games with bible story themes for my church of 16 yrs and volunteer work for my local shakespeare company (Livermore Shakespeare Festival).
    Any artwork will have to be printed as I'm only skilled with drawing straight lines! :)
    I'm passionate about quality and longevity of any product I produce so investing in a quality printer superceeds cost. Max at this point would be $10k.
    Initial requirements include: 24"-36" wide printing capability, eco-friendly outdoor uv rated ink, cabable of printing on self-adhesive vinyl and canvass, photo quality prints for 24" x 36" posters, no nèed for individual sheet feed.
    Thank you for reading and for any advice you can lend.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
  2. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    IPF is out... not outdoor rated at all. Also, a huge struggle to find aqueous adhesive vinyl compared to a solvent based printer.
    The ValueJet is fine for entry level work.
    You'll need a laminator for any decent outdoor work, so factor that into your strategy also.
  3. Bubba06

    Bubba06 Just Somebody

    Feb 13, 2005
    Manning SC
    The 628 is a great little machine
  4. jeffreygimenez74

    jeffreygimenez74 New Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Thanks very much! Any other brand of printer you would suggest looking into for a small busines vs hobby?

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  5. dukebrown

    dukebrown If they let me make it, they will come

    Sep 19, 2011
    When I bought this company we had a Roland vs300, 30" It is soo much easier to get a 54" there are dealers selling off lease items in your budget. You can always buy 30" rolls but the 5ft wide capability is needed unless you really don't want much business.
  6. DSGI

    DSGI Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    Kent, WA
    We have several Epson solvent printers that print signs/posters/canvas/etc. They are great quality and pretty easy to run, for about 10K you can get an S40 - which would be a good entry level printer that can do signs, posters, and some higher quality work. IF you wanted really high end quality, you can look at Epson's aqueous line and get some smaller printers for less with more inks to get better quality prints, but less durability, you could buy an EPSON SureColor P9000 for about $4000.00 and then look at an entry level laminator like a Royal Sovereign for about $2000.00. Also, NO MATTER WHAT PRINTER YOU BUY YOU SHOULD LAMINATE PRINTS IF YOU WANT THEM TO LAST OUT DOORS!

    Remember, the printer is one cost, but the inks is and can be a large additional cost (like up to $2000.00 for a full set on some printers), plus you will have to buy a RIP and computer (unless you want to print out of photoshop/illustrator), and you will have additional costs for media, laminate, work tables, rules, knives, etc. and you will most likely have lots of waste.

    My recommendation would be to find a good company in your area to partner with and let a professional continue to do what they do best and make the signs while you could oversee the design/production/delivery to your church/charities. We offer churchs 25% off and I'm sure other companies in your area would also be willing to help if it's for a good cause.

    Best of luck!
  7. jeffreygimenez74

    jeffreygimenez74 New Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Thank you so much for all the great info and your time. I've always done lots of research for construction tools and am doing the same for this new endeavor.

    Most likely I will end up purchasing my own equipment as a good investment for a career heading into retirement from construction work.

    Thanks again!

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  8. VanderJ

    VanderJ Take two Dampers and Call me in the Morning

    Aug 2, 2011
    Denver, CO
    With a solvent printer you will get at least 3 years without laminate. So don't go overboard on this. Laminating a yard sign or banner is just a waste of time and money at the end of the day.

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