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Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

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Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 6:16:05 AM -   #46 (permalink)
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

The heads don't dry up and clog. Ours has gone unused sometimes for 2 weeks with no problems at all. It is designed to be a workhorse. You'll be playing around with it so much you won't have to worry about it having too much downtime.

Also, the heads are not based on an Epson. They are designed to dump way more ink than the epson heads. In my opinion, they are based on the failed Brother/Kodak wide format printer. It makes more sense.
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Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 6:35:44 AM -   #47 (permalink)
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Cleaning is done automatically after every 25 prints. It takes about 1 minute. Occasionally (every month or so) I will have lint on the print heads. It takes me about 3 minutes to remove and clean. This machine is virtually problem free. It just keeps going and going and going! I have never had a head dry up or clog. You won't be sorry with a Brother.
 
Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 6:53:24 AM -   #48 (permalink)
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Suzan, our Brother cleans itself after every 12 prints. Is there a way to change those settings? Thanks!
 
 
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Yes, it's in the maintenance section in the control panel. 12 is WAY too few. I would be guessing the tech set that up. That will save you a lot of time and money right there.
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Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 7:47:15 AM -   #50 (permalink)
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

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Thanks Suzan
Do you ever have problems with the heads drying up or clogging
I have read about this a lot with the other machines but have not read about the Brother doing so
I worry about this because we will be a startup and unfortunately will probably experience some down time (or even a long weekend when we need to travel to tournaments) If so how time consuming has it been to clean?
The clogging problem is only a issue with the wite ink. the Brother is only a CMYK machine with no white ink though you can not print on dark shirts. There will not be a problem with clogging on the GT.
 
Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 11:10:12 AM -   #51 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone!!!
Another newbie question
This will be our first machine and we are trying to not spend any money we don't need to. I was thinking about not getting the sleeve platen or the baby platen right away. I was told that I can print on the sleeves without one if I am careful. I want to start simple, probably with just short sleeve tee's and sweatshirts (front and/or back) to start.
Any thoughts on this? I don't see baby items being a significant part of my business model either . I'm thinking of buying these items when we have some cash flow. Waiting will reduce my startup cost by about $700.00
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You don't need them, but they are very handy to have. Especially the short sleeve platen. You can always add them later if you need them.
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Old October 1st, 2007 Oct 1, 2007 2:49:37 PM -   #53 (permalink)
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

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Thanks everyone!!!
Another newbie question
This will be our first machine and we are trying to not spend any money we don't need to. I was thinking about not getting the sleeve platen or the baby platen right away. I was told that I can print on the sleeves without one if I am careful. I want to start simple, probably with just short sleeve tee's and sweatshirts (front and/or back) to start.
Any thoughts on this? I don't see baby items being a significant part of my business model either . I'm thinking of buying these items when we have some cash flow. Waiting will reduce my startup cost by about $700.00
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I don't have the baby or sleeve platen either. What i do when i print on things is put a mouse pad centered on my platen, i then center the shirt on it. I lower my platen and test to make sure there are no obstructions. I then print in uni-directional (one way printing) instead of bi-directional.

For a long sleeve i just laid the sleeve centered on the platen, lowered the platen and again printed in "uni-directional".

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I'm a bit confused what do you mean "uni-directional" is that a setting for the printer?
Why uni-directional?
sorry I'm real new at this
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

in the menu go down to print direction and set to uni-directional. use this for more sharp prints when your print heads are not as close to the platten as usual.
 
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

Thanks
I think we have settled on the Brother
We need to do some other research and finish our business plan
Still quite a bit of work to do before we make our purchase
thanks to everyone for your input
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Old December 9th, 2007 Dec 9, 2007 8:14:20 PM -   #57 (permalink)
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

Can anyone tell me why a machine that only prints lights is still so expensive? When I started reading about the GT-541 I was expecting around $10K but not 20k. What are the benefits that make it worth the money?
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Old December 10th, 2007 Dec 10, 2007 1:51:43 PM -   #58 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me why a machine that only prints lights is still so expensive? When I started reading about the GT-541 I was expecting around $10K but not 20k. What are the benefits that make it worth the money?
The fact that it works so reliably and does what it is designed to do pretty flawlessly. The quality of the prints seems to be excellent as well.

Service and support also play into the final costs.

I would rather pay $20,000 for a machine that "just works" and that people always post positive reviews about than half of that for a machine I have to fight with to get working or that produces sub quality prints.

Out of all the things I've heard about all the DTG machines, the Brother consistently gets good reviews with the only caveat being that it doesn't print white ink.

Other printers seem to get more mixed reviews.

I don't have a Brother or any DTG, but if I was buying one, I would definitely have the Brother and the DTG Kiosk/HM1 near the top of my list.
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

i actually own a brother printer myself! its a great machine! there is so many companys out there that need t shirts every other month! so the money is there! you just have to go out and get it! i mean who doesnt need advertisements for there huge business like everyday!? i am actually gettin rid of my brother machine...due to the fact that im always in and out of the city doing other business with my godfather its such a shame that i dont use it as much as it should be used! its NEW it was given to me as a gift from my father since i was into the clothing line business .....
but all for all its a great machine! cant complain!
 
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Default Re: Any one have a GT-541 Brother printer???

(i am actually gettin rid of my brother machine...)

Did you sell your Brother Printer?
 






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