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Old August 27th, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 6:55:32 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I have to buy a DTG printer that prints white on darks. I have considered the Brother 541 and making it a "Polar Bear", because I love my Brother 541 CMKY. I have also considered iDOT, SWF DTG Viper, and the American made Anajet Sprint. I need to hear from people who absolutely love their white DTG printer or who are ready to through it out the window. Anajet makes it sound like their technology is very similar to the Brother at a much lower cost. They claim it is built from the ground up, not using Epson printheads like the other less expensive printers. I need some real good input. Please advise.
 
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Anajet makes it sound like their technology is very similar to the Brother at a much lower cost. They claim it is built from the ground up, not using Epson printheads like the other less expensive printers.
Believe what actually users and people that are not selling you a printer are saying - not people trying to make a commission off of you. Maybe some of these links will help you out with addressing the reality behind the Anajet statements:
- Epson Parts - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/anajet/t122964.html
- Picture of Anajet & 1800 Printer - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/anajet/t84153.html
- Anajet Inks (replaced with Dupont & works the same) - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/anajet/t123008-2.html#post731604 and https://www.t-shirtforums.com/anajet/t64033.html#post384785

There are plenty of other posts stating the need to use the Epson Adjust Wizard to reset the waste tank or issues with ink chips when there are no ink chips on the actual Anajet cartridges.

As you do you research, you should know that there are thousands of people that have Epson-based dtg printers that are making money with them. Every printer has pros / cons associated with it. Find the best one that fits your business model. A good sales rep will ask several questions about your business model before even talking to you about a dtg printer. Otherwise, they are doing nothing more than pushing equipment and not selling you a business solution.

Just my opinion. Can't wait for beer thirty! TGIF

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I think Mark has hit the nail on the head. There are many companies out there that are fantastic at marketing and that's where it ends. In my opinion the key to your purchase should be based on research and getting as much info as you can from the forums. I own the Brother GT 541 that we use for most of our CMYK printing. After doing what I thought was my fair share of research I made a trip to CA and bought an Anajet. My purchase was based on the same claims concerning the Epson print head and many other factors that Anajet claimed were superior to other printers. This was a very expensive lesson for me. After 4 months of not being able to successfully print with any consistency and numerous software and hardware issues I sold. I did get some tech support from the folks at AJ but the problem is it impossible to fix something that has fatal flaws to begin with. Here's a better to tell ... after I sold my AJ I continued my research and purchased a Veloci-Jet. I have been printing all of our dark shirt/white ink garments very successfully with the VJ now for about 8 months. We have had a few hiccups but the tech guys at Equipment Zone has been right there to help. The software package and engineering of the VJ make it a very easy machine to print with. Any problems we have ever had (and they have been just a few) have been resolved immediately and that includes overnighting parts. They really do care about you having a viable machine to be productive with. The VJ uses the Epson print head and we have had no problems with it. Most of the problems I see read about white ink printers have to do with lack of regular maintenance. We do our 15 minutes of maintenance daily and have never had the first clog or problem with the print head. FYI - We did the same thing with the AJ and it didn't matter. I don't claim to be familiar with all DTG white ink printers but I can tell you things for certain. I would not buy the AJ but I would buy another VJ. I also own the Speed Treater from Equipment Zone and it does a fantastic job of pretreating and requires very little maintenance - about 5 minutes a day. If a dark shirt is not pretreated correctly I don't care if you are printing with equipment from the US Mint - it won't print or wash well. Hope all this helps.
 
 
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Joe,

Sounds like you been down the path of "first-hand experience". As I said, there are pros and cons with every dtg printer. My biggest complaint is there is a lot of negative experiences and comments about dtg printing across the board. I have seen and/or worked with most of the dtg printers in the market (even went through Anajet's distributor training in Costa Mesa as a consultant for a former Anajet distributor); as well as talked with hundreds of dtg owners. The biggest reason for dissatification with dtg printing is that the information they were told prior to purchase builds a certain level of expectation that is not achievable when the equipment is in the hands of the user. A lot of this started when US Screen got to be so big and lost control of their distribution network. (By the way, Scott Fresner even stated this in a magazine article - so it is just not me saying this). Unfortunately, other dtg manufacturers or distributors care more about selling / forcing equipment down on to garment decorators and will say things that either they know not to be true or they are just not properly trained. Either way, in the end it is the garment decorator that suffers and we hear on this forum about how poorly the concept of dtg printing is in general. Now, there are some very good dtg manufacturers and distributors out there. You just need to spend some time doing some research on the equipment, service and company to find them.

DTG printing can absolutely be profitable when in the right business model and being done with a properly trained users. White ink printing increases the learning curve and maintenance significantly more. There are plenty of people who tried to do white ink printing and it just did not work out for their business model for one reason or other. This is why everyone needs to do their research before getting into dtg printing.

Sorry for the rant, but it just seems that the only way things can be regulated or controlled in this industry is if the garment decorators actually step up and do the work. Ok, I have gotten everything off my chest and can now relax.

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Mark,
Nice post. We had a good exposure to dtg printing for about 1 1/2 years with our CMYK only GT 541. We knew the pitfalls of white ink printing prior to purchasing a white ink printer and you are so correct in saying that the learning curve can be steep and it does involve some perseverance. For any machine that uses white ink - period. My rant was more pointed at the idea that even with our prior experience and a great deal of perseverance we had no success with the Anajet. That perseverance included them sending me 2 new machines and 3 print heads!! Never had that issue from day one with the Veloci-Jet. I did send a very talented employee to Equipment Zone headquarters for OJT and that certainly shortened our learning curve but make no mistake that it was still there for the VJ as it is for every white ink printer.
 
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Anajet makes it sound like their technology is very similar to the Brother at a much lower cost. They claim it is built from the ground up, not using Epson printheads like the other less expensive printers.
One last thing about Anajet. I just got my digital copy of the Printwear Magazine emailed to me. I was reading it online during my lunch break and say Anajet's ad. No where in their ad does it mention that it is not an Epson-based dtg printer or that they don't use an Epson print head. If they stress these points during their sales presentations to you, why would they also not put it in their ads? Just wondering.

Here is the link to the ad - Printwear - September 2010.

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Their pitch is that it is their version or a kind of proprietary print head. AJ says (at least they did to me) that they only use the Epson housing for the print head and that the guts is their special head. It was never represented as a conventional Epson head. Please let me finish this thread by saying that I realize there are many levels of experience in the dtg field from novice to expert. On a 1 to 10 scale I would put us at about 8. The only reason I mention this is because whatever AJ wants to call their print head we couldn't get it to not clog up with magenta ink and I feel like we have a huge jump on those who only geting their feet wet in this field. Obviously I'm not a fan of the AJ printer in any aspect. I live in FL and it would have better served me as a boat anchor.
 
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What I can tell you is my experience has been very different from the men above. I got the Sprint several months ago, and I have found it be reliable and easy to use. All I can tell you is about my experience, and it has been very positive. I hope this helps you.
 
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What I can tell you is my experience has been very different from the men above. I got the Sprint several months ago, and I have found it be reliable and easy to use. All I can tell you is about my experience, and it has been very positive. I hope this helps you.
Mac,

I am not saying there is anything good or bad with the Anajet printer. I am just stating that if the original poster is basing the decision based on what a sales rep is stating, (s)he should take some time to do research to verify that the statements are correct. As an attorney, I would always ask to get any verbal statements in writing that was relied upon for making a decision. That is all I am stating.

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i have the older AnaJet FP125, and my printhead served me well for 2 years. I just replaced it with the newer (r1900) head, and this one is actually causing me some minor problems. so far, i'm able to print through it. we print darks with ease, but i also do a lot of maintenance that isn't taught in the training. it seems to me that DTG companies are petrified that their customers will do irreparable damage if allowed to touch the head, or use a syringe to pull ink through the lines, etc. and they are probably correct, BUT it would be impossible to keep my machine clean if i didn't do some of these things.

as for AnaJet not using Epson parts...just plain old BS. i love my AnaJet, and I've had great help from their tech support, but i laugh at them when they start saying those things. i just tell the tech, "i know you were trained to say this, but you and i both know this isn't true." so what they normally say now is that AnaJet has made some changes to the Epson head to better work in their system. i have no way of arguing this point, but i do know they use Epson parts.

btw, i use DuPont ink from DTGinks.com, and it works great; just the same as the AnaJet ink. hmmm, same ink? i do know that it smells a little different, and the pretreat smells a lot different, but it all works the same.

i will say this, if i keep having problems with my new printhead, and AnaJet doesn't help me by getting me a new one...these forums will hear a lot from me. everything we do hinges on the support we receive from our tech support departments.
 
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I think Mark has hit the nail on the head. There are many companies out there that are fantastic at marketing and that's where it ends. In my opinion the key to your purchase should be based on research and getting as much info as you can from the forums. I own the Brother GT 541 that we use for most of our CMYK printing. After doing what I thought was my fair share of research I made a trip to CA and bought an Anajet. My purchase was based on the same claims concerning the Epson print head and many other factors that Anajet claimed were superior to other printers. This was a very expensive lesson for me. After 4 months of not being able to successfully print with any consistency and numerous software and hardware issues I sold. I did get some tech support from the folks at AJ but the problem is it impossible to fix something that has fatal flaws to begin with. Here's a better to tell ... after I sold my AJ I continued my research and purchased a Veloci-Jet. I have been printing all of our dark shirt/white ink garments very successfully with the VJ now for about 8 months. We have had a few hiccups but the tech guys at Equipment Zone has been right there to help. The software package and engineering of the VJ make it a very easy machine to print with. Any problems we have ever had (and they have been just a few) have been resolved immediately and that includes overnighting parts. They really do care about you having a viable machine to be productive with. The VJ uses the Epson print head and we have had no problems with it. Most of the problems I see read about white ink printers have to do with lack of regular maintenance. We do our 15 minutes of maintenance daily and have never had the first clog or problem with the print head. FYI - We did the same thing with the AJ and it didn't matter. I don't claim to be familiar with all DTG white ink printers but I can tell you things for certain. I would not buy the AJ but I would buy another VJ. I also own the Speed Treater from Equipment Zone and it does a fantastic job of pretreating and requires very little maintenance - about 5 minutes a day. If a dark shirt is not pretreated correctly I don't care if you are printing with equipment from the US Mint - it won't print or wash well. Hope all this helps.

i can't agree enough about the pre-treatment. It took me a long time to get the pre-treatment right. I even had to have anajet send a video of the pre-treating with a wagner sprayer to make sure I was doing it correctly. Even so, without a pre-treatment station, all shirts may not be consistent.
 
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Based on the knowledge we already had and knowing the importance of pretreatment we never considered not buying a pretreat machine. We settled on the Speed Treater from Equipment Zone and have had about 9 months of trouble free use. Yes it's another upfront cost but you just can't get consistently good prints without proper pretreat. Using a Wagner gun ( I own one and have tried it) will not do a consistent job. A huge plus for the Speed Treater is you can use right next to any of your other equipment with no worry about over spray. It's sitting in the same room I am right now and also right next to our VJ.
 
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This from a person that came this >:< close to purchsing a DTG. I have been reading all the posts both good and bad about them for over a year. So far, I'm glad that I made the decision not to purchase one. My business with the printer(s), cutter and heat press far oversee's the issues and problems that I would have had with a DTG. And for a lot less money. They have paid for themselfs ten-fold with no issues of maintenance. Maybe in the next few years when the technology improves, I will revisit DTG. Until then, I can wake up, work, go to the bank and sleep well thank you.
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Thanks for the advice on the pre-treater. I direct most of my inconsistency with white ink to the pre-treatment.
 
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I have an ANAJET printer and would lover the opportunity to speak with you about it ASAP. please contact me at 716-695-4584, sincerely- Jay
 






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