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Old October 11th, 2017 Oct 11, 2017 6:51:30 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ricoh RI 3000

I am looking at possibly getting a Ri 3000 and wanted some feedback on it from anyone who has purchased one or has seen one in person. The other printer I am considering is the Brother GTX.
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Old October 11th, 2017 Oct 11, 2017 11:42:15 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Just yesterday I saw both, well the 6000, in action at the SGIA Expo. Based solely on what I saw there, I would go with the GTX. The print looked comparable, but the GTX did it in one pass and that one pass was just as quick as the 6000's second (color) pass. Both were on black shirts.

When I spoke to the Ricoh guys, they told me that the main difference between the 3000 and 6000 were that the 3000 had 3 heads while the 6000 had 6. I don't know how many the GTX has. But when it printed the white base and the color at the same time, I was completely blown away by how fast it was and how great it looked. Also, there is supposed to be a LOT less maintenance when it comes to the white.
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

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Just yesterday I saw both, well the 6000, in action at the SGIA Expo. Based solely on what I saw there, I would go with the GTX. The print looked comparable, but the GTX did it in one pass and that one pass was just as quick as the 6000's second (color) pass. Both were on black shirts.

When I spoke to the Ricoh guys, they told me that the main difference between the 3000 and 6000 were that the 3000 had 3 heads while the 6000 had 6. I don't know how many the GTX has. But when it printed the white base and the color at the same time, I was completely blown away by how fast it was and how great it looked. Also, there is supposed to be a LOT less maintenance when it comes to the white.
So how do the maintenance of the two compare? I am about to buy 2 ricoh ri 6000s and based on what i have been told the maintenance for the Ri 6000 is basically automated with the white ink circulation system as the cartridges are air sealed to the machine. Any information I am missing?
 
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

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So how do the maintenance of the two compare? I am about to buy 2 ricoh ri 6000s and based on what i have been told the maintenance for the Ri 6000 is basically automated with the white ink circulation system as the cartridges are air sealed to the machine. Any information I am missing?
From Brother's website: What maintenance is required for the GTX?

GTX is an industrial direct-to-garment printer. Many of the maintenance procedures are automatically performed for the users daily by the built-in features as long as the printer remains powered on.
 
Old December 27th, 2017 Dec 27, 2017 2:16:52 PM -   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

I purchased the 3000 late Oct new and in full. So any questions you have on it feel free to ask me.

Personally, the 3000 is almost to slow for my print needs. So if you can afford it, just get the 6000 if you decide on Anajet, however...

I am already looking for a new DTG printer. The 3000 is, in my opinion, to expensive for all the flaws it has. It is unbelievably sensitive. I have yet to have a full day of printing without it just randomly banding on all the shirts, and the print heads constantly, hourly, need cleaned and checked.

It has the ability to do some good prints.. but its so inconsistent. Sometimes you'll print a shirt and its like, wow looks great. Then the very next shirt it's like.. what just happened?

On top of all that, the resupply from Anajet is ridiculously priced. To change out a sponge in the machine it will be $13 plus $20 shipping. I Buy the Largest inks they have and they only last me a week. I buy 3 sets at a time for not even a month of prints, and that roughly costs me $2100. On top of that, once the ink cartridge hits around 20% it bugs out and for whatever reason the colors start mixing and messing up. So you usually only get 80% of the cartridge.

Don't listen to them when they tell you there is little and easy maintenance. I spend at least 1-2 hours a day performing maintenance on my anajet.

Can you make money with this machine? Yes.
Is it the power machine they make it seem, No.
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

So just to update my review in case someone reads this in the future, I was unfortunate enough to have received a printer with a faulty wiper blade assembly. They sent me a tool to re-calibrate it, and it does seem to be printing better and more consistent.
 
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So just to update my review in case someone reads this in the future, I was unfortunate enough to have received a printer with a faulty wiper blade assembly. They sent me a tool to re-calibrate it, and it does seem to be printing better and more consistent.
Given your updated review, what are your current thoughts or advice on this machine for someone considering purchasing this unit? I am looking to add this unit or one similar to a home based business.
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Any new insights after running it for a while? Love to hear if you ahve a minute! Thanks!

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So just to update my review in case someone reads this in the future, I was unfortunate enough to have received a printer with a faulty wiper blade assembly. They sent me a tool to re-calibrate it, and it does seem to be printing better and more consistent.
 
Old January 26th, 2018 Jan 26, 2018 11:19:46 AM -   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Hey All. So after running it a while, the machine does seem to be working 100% better.
Definitely way happier with the prints I've been having now. It still is no where near the 20 darkshirt prints per hour they promise, but it is fast enough to make money with, and the quality is definitely acceptable for resale. Maintenance is still there, but nothing compared to what I was doing, and nothing to hateful.

I print about 200 shirts a week and its pretty time intensive, so if you plan on printing any more then that i would probably go with the ri6000 if you can.
@bossman696 I think this machine would be great for a home based business, it takes up a fair amount of room, but nothing that wouldn't fit fine in a house. However it does not disassemble, so get some strong studs to help you maneuver though rooms, because it is awkward to hold, heavy, and you have to tilt it to get though a standard 3ft door. I'd also not recommend it in a garage just because you really need to monitor Humidity and Temperature with this machine which means needing to control the room environment, but a basement might be adequate. Demand for shirts is just so high I think you will have no problem paying off this machine, and in no time. I got mine for just shirt marketing one of my own small businesses, and started selling shirts online and offline as a side business/hobby and it turned into a pretty fast growing additional company. Originally I was just going to sell shirts until I got my money back from the machine and then switch to only using it for marketing, but after seeing how profitable it is there's no stopping it now.
As far a similar machine, I believe the Brother GTX is faster then the 3000, but slower then the 6000, but costs as much as the 6000, so if your looking for entry/upgrade into the industry, the Ri3000 does produce great prints with a cheaper initial investment. Note that they say speed is the only difference between the ri3 and ri6, but the ri3 has 3 less print heads, so it shares colors on 2 of the print heads, which i think means the ri3 does have more maintenance required simply because you cant get away with a semi dirty head because colors get mixed.

Hope this helps, sorry for the novel of a response. Let me know if you have any other questions, I know its a pretty big purchase so if there is any way I can help let me know.

Oh, I also found a more affordable option for supplies then buying through anajet which definitely helped my opinion of the machine, haha.
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Thank so much Malonjao! I really appreciate your insight on this machine. I think this will be a winner for us. I am glad you are doing well with it and I hope to report back in a couple of months with a similar story of success.
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I have no doubt you will. Let me know if I can be of any help
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Thanks Malonjao. I appreciate the time you took to share your experience. It did help me clarify a few points and it's also a motivator for people getting started in the t-shirt business. Thanks again!
 
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Thanks Malonjao. I appreciate the time you took to share your experience. It did help me clarify a few points and it's also a motivator for people getting started in the t-shirt business. Thanks again!
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

GTX is high maintenance cost and expensive ink cost
 
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Default Re: Ricoh RI 3000

Hi, I saw GTX in action and its really fast, also brother has change the printhead, compared with the previous models, now it has 2 bigger printheads (one for cmyk one for withe) before, like anajet mp10, 5 printheads but different brand.
For my point of wiew(and anajet tech) ricoh3000 or 6000 is the same old machine (mp5i-mp10i) with a touch screen and upgraded software. thats it.
 






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