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EVLIND March 4th, 2011 06:49 PM

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So, here we go started building my homemade DTG. This is inspired by a lack of funds and plans from diydtgs.com. Thanks to German13 and SpiderX1 for taking the time to let the little people have a chance to enter the DTG market. I am a garage screen printer and computer artist along with a job as a conductor on the railroad CHOO CHOO!. Time is limited due to my crazy on call schedule.

Ok started today with the base cut down to 33x36. Built my box and added the sliders. I made sure I double checked each measurement and held my breath and went from there.

Total time today. 1 hour
Wood $25 dollars
Sliders from Lowes $17
Screws $6
Total today $48 dollars:D

34Ford March 5th, 2011 06:22 AM

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Its great to see the pics in order as you build. Easy to keep up with.:)

Thanks, looking forward to more.

EVLIND March 5th, 2011 05:07 PM

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Alright, added the top tables and the bottle bay along with the mother board tray (white board). I will cut that back later when I get the printer apart. I did not attach the left side top as of yet due to being able to get in the side to attach the ASF Motor and Decoder Wheel. Regarding the sliders I had a idea to put L brackets figured 4-6 of those will do the trick. But, I did buy alum L brackets today for 3.50 each in case. The sliders do have a release on the outside, if you push it down it will release the whole inner slide out. That way you can drill outside in. I know in the manual there is a issue of the whole platen being about a .50 inches from the right side. I guess some issue with the printer not lining up right. So later on this will be a issue being able to move the platen to adjust to that. I will see if the L brackets I bought will work. Found a Epson r1900 local for $325 and hopefully will have that this week to start the tear down. I had an old Epson that didn't work and tore that apart for the heck of it. Should have some pics of the L bracket set up in the next few days as Duty (job) calls.

Time 1 hour
hardware store .1/2 hour
scratching head about the sliders 20 mins
L brackets $7
1/4 pine 24x24 $4 (for base)
woke up wife from nap with power saw 1 :D

drdeath19134 March 5th, 2011 06:16 PM

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Love the detailed info start to finish, waking up wife and all. lol

RanR March 5th, 2011 06:24 PM

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Just looked at the prices of the Epson R1900 - found it for $299 (after rebate) with free shipping. This is available at Epson.com (rebate does not work if printer bought at some other websites or retailers like Best Buy - or Amazon)

drdeath19134 March 5th, 2011 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by EVLIND (Post 865461)
So, here we go started building my homemade DTG. This is inspired by a lack of funds and plans from diydtgs.com. Thanks to German13 and SpiderX1 for taking the time to let the little people have a chance to enter the DTG market. I am a garage screen printer and computer artist along with a job as a conductor on the railroad CHOO CHOO!. Time is limited due to my crazy on call schedule.

Ok started today with the base cut down to 33x36. Built my box and added the sliders. I made sure I double checked each measurement and held my breath and went from there.

Total time today. 1 hour
Wood $25 dollars
Sliders from Lowes $17
Screws $6
Total today $48 dollars:D

What size sliders i just got the 24 no 26 in stock.

EVLIND March 5th, 2011 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by drdeath19134 (Post 865925)
What size sliders i just got the 24 no 26 in stock.

The R1900 Bible (Clue book) says 24. "Rails are 24 inch drawer slides, get the best you can and test them to be sure they are smooth."

EVLIND March 5th, 2011 06:40 PM

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I went back and checked my bay measurements. 14.50 from inner wall to inner wall. 13.50 is the distance from slider to slider. Platen has to be 13.50 OD and 12.50 inner. Almost blew that piece of wood I bought today. note to self DOUBLE CHECK THE CLUE BOOK! :eek: Off to work in a bit the railroad calls. Choo Choo!

EVLIND March 5th, 2011 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by RanR (Post 865923)
Just looked at the prices of the Epson R1900 - found it for $299 (after rebate) with free shipping. This is available at Epson.com (rebate does not work if printer bought at some other websites or retailers like Best Buy - or Amazon)

RanR,
Saw that but I have been a day late on some craigslist printers new for around $330. Missed one by hours today. $330-340 I will be happy. If this becomes a issue I am just going to go for the rebate. I have a friend that deals in electronics etc he email his Epson rep and said that Adorama has the best price after rebate. I just checked and it was $262 and $464 to buy.
It kills me with rebates just sell them at $300 jeez. Rants over.

cwmbran March 6th, 2011 01:11 PM

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hi im wayne from s wales uk just starting my journey to build the v2 with a r1900 started today with printer got a new one for 324 and started taking it aparte today harder than it looks thankes for the pictures hope all goes good for you my wife is not happy because i took a brand new 325 printer to bits

EVLIND March 6th, 2011 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by cwmbran (Post 866299)
hi im wayne from s wales uk just starting my journey to build the v2 with a r1900 started today with printer got a new one for 324 and started taking it aparte today harder than it looks thankes for the pictures hope all goes good for you my wife is not happy because i took a brand new 325 printer to bits

I have a seller today emailed me said he would sell it for $300 so I will pick it up Tomorrow or Tuesday. As you go post pics of the tear down of the printer so as others come we can follow along. :D

drdeath19134 March 7th, 2011 05:03 AM

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Originally Posted by EVLIND (Post 866602)
I have a seller today emailed me said he would sell it for $300 so I will pick it up Tomorrow or Tuesday. As you go post pics of the tear down of the printer so as others come we can follow along. :D


Epson.com has them new for 300 shipped.

EVLIND March 7th, 2011 09:21 AM

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Epson.com has them new for 300 shipped.

I see that, $499 still with rebate. Still good deal I will be getting mine from a guy a few miles away. Today will be working on the slider box.

drdeath19134 March 7th, 2011 11:36 AM

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Epson.com has them new for 300 shipped.

Thats funny mine shows instant rebate and total comes out to $299 im in USA where you located..

drdeath19134 March 7th, 2011 11:37 AM

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I just won one from ebay 149.99 plus 30 shipping working used!.

DTFuqua March 7th, 2011 12:04 PM

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I just won one from ebay 149.99 plus 30 shipping working used!.

did you talk with the seller to be sure it had no clogged heads and was preped for shipping so it didn't get them while being shipped? Good luck with it.:D

drdeath19134 March 7th, 2011 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by DTFuqua (Post 866937)
did you talk with the seller to be sure it had no clogged heads and was preped for shipping so it didn't get them while being shipped? Good luck with it.:D

They guarantee working tested.. If not going back plan on full test before i attempt tear down.

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 01:20 PM

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I just won one from ebay 149.99 plus 30 shipping working used!.

Nice DrDeath!

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 02:05 PM

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Took a few days off started today with the sliders again.
cut down the L brackets to 24 inches with a hack saw.
The hack saw broke POS! Pulled out the big gun and cut right
through it. Squared up the box and inserted it back into the slides. I did not cut the .50 inch PE switch notch. I am waiting to get the guts of the printer on the base and set the PE swith later. Ordering the parts from SDP-SI.com today. Printer is going to be picked up this week just waiting on the guy from craigslist to get back to me from a email earlier in the day.

drdeath19134 March 8th, 2011 02:25 PM

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Did you change the size of the base from 33 x 36 to 30 x 36 or size of the bays from 30 to 33 inch.? Thanks

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 02:25 PM

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Did you change the size of the base from 33 x 36 to 30 x 36 or size of the bays from 30 to 33 inch.? Thanks

No I left it 33x36 I imagine you can reduce it. I went with the base measurements for this build book. The next one I build I will know a lot more.

drdeath19134 March 8th, 2011 02:48 PM

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Ok, was wondering. Thanks delayed mine a few days starting eow.

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 02:53 PM

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Ok, was wondering. Thanks delayed mine a few days starting eow.

I like to rush things with this im taking my time.

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 02:54 PM

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Im waiting on a email from a TSF member. He said that he obtained a .312 pulley from a company. This was at the end of last year. I will find out if it was the correct one and post info once I get an email back.

EVLIND March 8th, 2011 10:01 PM

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Well, got the printer today brand new! :D



Time spent 2 hours to go 15 miles in Los Angeles Traffic Rush
Hour

Cost $300

drdeath19134 March 9th, 2011 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by EVLIND (Post 868054)
Well, got the printer today brand new! :D



Time spent 2 hours to go 15 miles in Los Angeles Traffic Rush
Hour

Cost $300

You going to test before tear down, and you gone to take pics of tear down and cuts.?

RanR March 9th, 2011 07:45 AM

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Good buy - 300 dollars - I assume the UPC code has been removed so the first purchaser can get the rebate - and of course you do not care about the Epson Warranty - :)

EVLIND March 9th, 2011 09:20 AM

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Good buy - 300 dollars - I assume the UPC code has been removed so the first purchaser can get the rebate - and of course you do not care about the Epson Warranty - :)

No UPC code, unopened box. Warranty no to worried about I made a friend a few months ago and he sells ink and repairs printers. Small shop but he has extra print heads and he is working on getting me a ink bag system.

drdeath19134 March 9th, 2011 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by EVLIND (Post 868343)
No UPC code, unopened box. Warranty no to worried about I made a friend a few months ago and he sells ink and repairs printers. Small shop but he has extra print heads and he is working on getting me a ink bag system.

Sounds like a good deal, i am on my way pick up roybi 10 inch table saw $40. off craigslist. i cant cut a straight line to sae my life.lol

EVLIND March 9th, 2011 07:40 PM

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Sounds like a good deal, i am on my way pick up roybi 10 inch table saw $40. off craigslist. i cant cut a straight line to sae my life.lol

My damn Dewalt battery was almost gone had to make a few cuts then put it back on the charger. I would make my measurements and line then cut a few. It worked out otherwise I would have cut the crap out of the wood.

drdeath19134 March 9th, 2011 07:45 PM

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I just got a 4 x 8 3/4 mdf sheet had homedepot make 2 cuts 33x36 off thank god the base is bigger the should be

EVLIND March 9th, 2011 07:47 PM

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Staring at the plans tonight and the printer. Back and forth back and forth. I will do a test print and check to see how this beast runs. I am looking to take it apart on my next day off from work. Good looking printer hate to take it apart. But, this is for the greater good of a DTG printer next to my screen printing equipment. I read more of German13's tread and it looked for awhile he was messing with different types of inks that could run through the print heads. I guess he stopped because then EKrip came into his life. The prints from the videos where a lot more vivid.

EVLIND March 9th, 2011 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by drdeath19134 (Post 868700)
I just got a 4 x 8 3/4 mdf sheet had homedepot make 2 cuts 33x36 off thank god the base is bigger the should be

I did the same thing had them cut it for me. Then tried to get them in the back window of the Expedition. Those pieces are pretty heavy.

devastationink March 10th, 2011 12:39 AM

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a buddy and i started this build last week, so far we have all the materials bought and the printer torn down. it wasn't to bad getting the printer apart but it took lots of staring and head scratching to figure out how some things were held together. once we get a day without a ton of rain we will be cutting the wood and starting our assembly.

this is our first experience with building/modifying anything as well as our first time doing anything involving t-shirts or printing so its been quite a steep learning curve but these plans have been extremely helpful. if 2 college kids with 0 experience can do this anyone should be able to.

drdeath19134 March 10th, 2011 04:57 AM

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Realy heavy should of used 1/2

EVLIND March 10th, 2011 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by devastationink (Post 868802)
a buddy and i started this build last week, so far we have all the materials bought and the printer torn down. it wasn't to bad getting the printer apart but it took lots of staring and head scratching to figure out how some things were held together. once we get a day without a ton of rain we will be cutting the wood and starting our assembly.

this is our first experience with building/modifying anything as well as our first time doing anything involving t-shirts or printing so its been quite a steep learning curve but these plans have been extremely helpful. if 2 college kids with 0 experience can do this anyone should be able to.


There will be 3 of us building about the same time. I just got the email from SDP said they shipped my parts from NY. So that will be about 5 days from NY to Ca. Tear down soon.

drdeath19134 March 10th, 2011 02:51 PM

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What all did you order from them.?

drdeath19134 March 10th, 2011 03:52 PM

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Maybe it's me but what size is the front middle suppose to be i know 14.5 but whats the height.?

mountaingraphic March 10th, 2011 05:18 PM

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Well I broke over and got a 1900 off ebay and can't wait to get printing. I will be following this with great detail and hope to be up and running soon! Can someone please post a pic of the detail of a shirt printed with one of these beasts? All the vids are blurry and tend to not be close enough to see the true detail of the print.

tonyflores1 March 10th, 2011 05:29 PM

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we have a R1900 and we have been having trouble getting the colors to stick to the transfers and the images come out dull. keep me posted on how it works for you:)


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