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fdsales October 13th, 2007 11:02 AM

Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
I'm strongly considering the purchase of the Brother GT541. Would like to hear from owners how well they like, or dislike, this model. Please include any "horrow" stories, don't hold back. Also, if you love your Brother, why? I already realize that this model does not do white ink, and the price is about 20K, so please focus on other issues or praises. Also, please indicate how long you have had your machine, and any tech/service support/maintenance issues. Thanks very much in advance.

AddVenture October 13th, 2007 12:34 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
my company recently purchased the brother gt-541. so far we're extremely happy with the purchase.

this thread a few weeks back answered a lot of questions:

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-...ng/t28556.html

sewmuchstuff October 13th, 2007 12:42 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
We just purchased the Brother and are really happy with it. We have a T-Jet 2 as well but the Brother is faster. The T-Jet works great for smaller orders but we have moved into a larger demand than we care to run on the T-Jet. We just got a 2000 shirt order front and back and the speed of the Brother was needed. The Brother is also a 1 pass as the T-Jet requires 2 passes for the colors to pop.

Good luck,
Annette

Quote:

Originally Posted by AddVenture (Post 176311)
my company recently purchased the brother gt-541. so far we're extremely happy with the purchase.

this thread a few weeks back answered a lot of questions:

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-...ng/t28556.html


fdsales October 13th, 2007 01:39 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
How did you cure the t/shirts on the large order: heat press or dryer?

sewmuchstuff October 13th, 2007 02:15 PM

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Heat press always on the direct to garment.

martinwoods October 13th, 2007 06:14 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fdsales (Post 176291)
I'm strongly considering the purchase of the Brother GT541. Would like to hear from owners how well they like, or dislike, this model. Please include any "horrow" stories, don't hold back. Also, if you love your Brother, why? I already realize that this model does not do white ink, and the price is about 20K, so please focus on other issues or praises. Also, please indicate how long you have had your machine, and any tech/service support/maintenance issues. Thanks very much in advance.

We have had our machine since June of 2006 and we love it.
We have never (knock on wood) had any issues with the machine itself. I like it because it is easy to use ,send file to machine hit the print button and you have a great looking shirt. It really is plug and print, even though others will say there is no machine that is. The brother really is and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

liveonelife October 14th, 2007 07:10 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
If the Brother doesn't do white ink, doesn't that limit your choices as to what to print on? I mean, I personally HATE light colored Tee's, as the lightest I'd ever wear would be sort of Ash gray....so doesn't that mean I'd spend more $$ putting say, yellow and red on a black tee?
Or is the ink cost the same for white and, say, yellow, red etc.....

sewmuchstuff October 14th, 2007 07:51 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
The ink costs are the same for white T's or whatever color you print on. The ink deposit is the same. The Brother tells how much ink you are using in cc on the display every time you print. So printing white or grey is the same ink cost.

We have the T-Jet2 with white ink. We also have a 4 station screen printer. If the customer wants white ink on black T-'s we just screen print it. We just never had the time to use the white ink on the T-Jet so we just purchased a screen printing press for the darks.

fdsales October 14th, 2007 07:57 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
Yes, I guess if you're into dark shirts, then only a system that prints white ink will work for you, but then you get into the added step of pretreatment, which from all I've heard, is very subjective, and not exact. I've seen a lot of really great looking designs on white, ash, & natural shirts. For me, it's about ease of operation, reliability, & support. So far, I've heard all good things about the Brother.

aunteeeeee October 15th, 2007 09:06 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
We just got back from the ISS show in Fort Worth. We went with the intention of buying a dtg that prints on darks, but we hit a few different walls. First, I requested samples form a dtg company (I won't post any names as I am not here to BASH anyone!) to do a wash test. After 4 washes, i had peeling ink!!!!! So when we called the sales guy for the company, he said he would send us out more samples, and that maybe the ones we received were not heat pressed long enough or something (:confused: ), go figure!!! Well, we never received any new samples, and while at the show, after KNOWING we were going to make a decision that weekend, we were basically ignored by this company.. ALL 3 DAYS!! My husband hates bad service, so that spoke mountains to us. Now Brother on the other hand, they were absolutely incredible!! We went with a jump drive that had some of our designs on it, and Brother was the only one, of everyone we asked, who would print our designs right there for us!!!!! They popped in the jumpdrive, centered it, showed me how to load the shirt, and BOOM! An awesome shirt right before our eyes! The original company we were going to buy from, their machine kept breakiing down, another company said they could not load our file from the jumpdrive (hmmm, Brother could) and another company said we would have to drive to their office in Dallas if we wanted it done (no thanks). Brother printed on a pink t and a light blue t for us and they both look outstanding. Now before you count brother out, find someone with a brother (check with me in a month or so if you want) and give them a few different color t's you think you would use often, have them print a Pantone (I think that is what it is called, never heard of it until this weekend) color chart on the colored shirts and you can see exactly what you will get when you print on that color tee. In fact, I bet Brother would do it for you! That is the first thing we will be doing and seeing how dark we can go. We have a design my hubby wanted to do on a royal blue shirt but the yellow would not have shown up, we talked to a guy named Hans with Brother (LOVE HIM!!!) and he gave a simple suggestion of a blue ringer (doh!). Our problem solved. Unless we are buying a Kornit, we are not going to sweat the dark garment thing. If we get an order and they want darker then we can handle, we will contract it out and still make money. Weigh the cost of the pretreating time and white ink cost with the cost of contract dtg before you buy. For us, it is worth it to not have to go through the hassle of having a seperate area to pretreat, buying more supplies, pretreating a bunch of shirts and the possibility of the ink peeling since the sales guys couldn't even get it right!! I also like the idea that Brother has cartridges and not tubes. One shirt sample we got at the show for a wash test had hideous banding on it. I was like, uhhhhhh, what is this? And they said the shirt had been done first thing and there was air in the tubes so that happened. I saw dollar signs cracking in my head. Oh, and with Brother, you can print quite AWEOMELY on denim jeans! So again, you may not be able to print on black with a Brother, but from what the other dtg guys showed me themselves at this show, BROTHER ROCKS!!! So there is my excitement, I am off to the grocery store.. Have a blessed day!

fdsales October 15th, 2007 09:41 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
Thanks for the FIRST HAND info....no need to know who the other companies are, it obivious that Brother is there for the customer. Maybe they cannot do darks (for now), but they seem to excel at what they can do. Did you purchase the Brother??

billtower January 21st, 2008 09:27 AM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
thanks for your imput on brother gt541 bill

mikew January 21st, 2008 12:37 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
We love the Brother because there are no horror stories!! :D

akaratemom January 21st, 2008 01:40 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
We have had our Brother for a little over a year, after we returned the machine we originally bought that printed on whites. That machine had horror stories, but we won't get into that. Our Brother is wonderful, no horror stories. Before we chose the Brother, we too, went to the ISS in Long Beach, CA and took our file on a flash drive. Several companies printed for us. We timed each from start to finish and took the shirts home. Brother was sooooo much faster than the rest, only took one pass and looked better. No rip required. LOVE the machine! We live in an extremely dry climate. I didn't watch the humidity and didn't use the machine for a couple of weeks. I ended up having to replace a print head and it's not cheap ($1,000). Only one though and now I have a humidifier. It doesn't change my feelings about the Brother - I believe it's the best one out there except possibly the Kornit ($88,500).

malibucanyon January 21st, 2008 05:54 PM

Re: Looking to purchase Brother GT541 Need Input
 
I have one I have had it since Aug 2006. I LOVE IT. I wish it did dark shirts but I will have to tell you I still do a fari amount of darker shirts on it. You just have to try diffrent things. I have never had any thing wrong with my machine. It runs ALL THE TIME.

I can not say enough great things about it. I also travel with it to birthday parties. It travels great. Brother says not to move it but here is california Stitch City sells it with a softwear that is for events. (darkroom)

Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questoins.


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