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Old October 29th, 2014 Oct 29, 2014 1:54:58 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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After a lot of research and reading the F2000 forums I've finally decided to pull the trigger to spend my hard earn money. The F2000 and a Speedtreater TX are on it's way.

First off I would like to thank Jerid at Belquette for all the great videos and responses he has given to others so that we may all learn on these forums. Also same goes to the Terry at Equipment Zone. I'm from Canada and that type of customer service and dedication that these people offer does not come with this machine up here. And not sure why? As it is a substantial investment. It seems like a lot of people up here are in fact just learning about the how to's of this machine.

As a noobie to this machine what I would like to know from current owners are what tips can you offer that would've save you from countless hours of mistakes and mental anguish when learning how to use the F2000.

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Old October 29th, 2014 Oct 29, 2014 3:18:34 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Glad we could help! The EPSON SureColor F2000 is a solid printer.
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I am also a new user from Canada. I find the machine is straight forward, and most of the skill is required on the graphic design side of things.
 
 
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After a lot of research and reading the F2000 forums I've finally decided to pull the trigger to spend my hard earn money. The F2000 and a Speedtreater TX are on it's way.

First off I would like to thank Jerid at Belquette for all the great videos and responses he has given to others so that we may all learn on these forums. Also same goes to the Terry at Equipment Zone. I'm from Canada and that type of customer service and dedication that these people offer does not come with this machine up here. And not sure why? As it is a substantial investment. It seems like a lot of people up here are in fact just learning about the how to's of this machine.

As a noobie to this machine what I would like to know from current owners are what tips can you offer that would've save you from countless hours of mistakes and mental anguish when learning how to use the F2000.

Thanks in Advance!!

Hi Jim,

Sorry we're not able to sell the F2000 to you in Canada.
But happy we could send you the SpeedTreater-TX.

Before you get the printer in it would be a good idea to download the Epson instruction manual and the setup guide and go through them. This will give you a head start on setting up and operating the printer as soon as it gets to you. Here is the link:
Epson SureColor F2000, Documents & Manuals - Technical Support - Epson America, Inc.

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We got our F2000 and SpeedTreater in June. We were noobies not only to the F2000, but DTG as well. Here is what we have learned are the important things.

1. Pretreatment - you have to do a lot of experimenting to find your "sweet spot". Not only for dark shirts, but we have found Image Armor Light really improves printing on white shirts.

2. Type of shirts - We tested a lot of different shirts and you really just have to find what you like and what your customers like. We have had success with a variety of 100% cotton Ts, up to 50/50 Ts and Hoodies, as well as some 100% poly dry fit.

3. Heat pressing - both pretreatment and ink curing. You have to find what pressures and times work best for the amount of ink, the type of shirt, etc.... (for ink curing we are doing a combo float and very light press to keep the ink colors more vivid)

4. Keep extra supplies on hand. The white ink goes fast if you print a lot of dark shirts. There are a few other consumables you will need that don't come with the printer.

5. RIP - We really like the simplicity and ease of use of Garment Creator, but are evaluating the 3rd party RIPs because they do offer some things that Garment Creator cannot do.

I would say it took us about 60 days to feel good about what we were producing and we are still learning everyday.
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We got our F2000 and SpeedTreater in June. We were noobies not only to the F2000, but DTG as well. Here is what we have learned are the important things.

1. Pretreatment - you have to do a lot of experimenting to find your "sweet spot". Not only for dark shirts, but we have found Image Armor Light really improves printing on white shirts.

2. Type of shirts - We tested a lot of different shirts and you really just have to find what you like and what your customers like. We have had success with a variety of 100% cotton Ts, up to 50/50 Ts and Hoodies, as well as some 100% poly dry fit.

3. Heat pressing - both pretreatment and ink curing. You have to find what pressures and times work best for the amount of ink, the type of shirt, etc.... (for ink curing we are doing a combo float and very light press to keep the ink colors more vivid)

4. Keep extra supplies on hand. The white ink goes fast if you print a lot of dark shirts. There are a few other consumables you will need that don't come with the printer.

5. RIP - We really like the simplicity and ease of use of Garment Creator, but are evaluating the 3rd party RIPs because they do offer some things that Garment Creator cannot do.

I would say it took us about 60 days to feel good about what we were producing and we are still learning everyday.
Are you using a pretreat machine ?
 
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Yes, the SpeedTreater from EZ.
 
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We got our F2000 and SpeedTreater in June. We were noobies not only to the F2000, but DTG as well. Here is what we have learned are the important things.

1. Pretreatment - you have to do a lot of experimenting to find your "sweet spot". Not only for dark shirts, but we have found Image Armor Light really improves printing on white shirts.

2. Type of shirts - We tested a lot of different shirts and you really just have to find what you like and what your customers like. We have had success with a variety of 100% cotton Ts, up to 50/50 Ts and Hoodies, as well as some 100% poly dry fit.

3. Heat pressing - both pretreatment and ink curing. You have to find what pressures and times work best for the amount of ink, the type of shirt, etc.... (for ink curing we are doing a combo float and very light press to keep the ink colors more vivid)

4. Keep extra supplies on hand. The white ink goes fast if you print a lot of dark shirts. There are a few other consumables you will need that don't come with the printer.

5. RIP - We really like the simplicity and ease of use of Garment Creator, but are evaluating the 3rd party RIPs because they do offer some things that Garment Creator cannot do.

I would say it took us about 60 days to feel good about what we were producing and we are still learning everyday.
How has the maintenance been? Any clogging issues? How many shirts do you print per day? Thx

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Digital Factory is good.

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We got our F2000 and SpeedTreater in June. We were noobies not only to the F2000, but DTG as well. Here is what we have learned are the important things.

1. Pretreatment - you have to do a lot of experimenting to find your "sweet spot". Not only for dark shirts, but we have found Image Armor Light really improves printing on white shirts.

2. Type of shirts - We tested a lot of different shirts and you really just have to find what you like and what your customers like. We have had success with a variety of 100% cotton Ts, up to 50/50 Ts and Hoodies, as well as some 100% poly dry fit.

3. Heat pressing - both pretreatment and ink curing. You have to find what pressures and times work best for the amount of ink, the type of shirt, etc.... (for ink curing we are doing a combo float and very light press to keep the ink colors more vivid)

4. Keep extra supplies on hand. The white ink goes fast if you print a lot of dark shirts. There are a few other consumables you will need that don't come with the printer.

5. RIP - We really like the simplicity and ease of use of Garment Creator, but are evaluating the 3rd party RIPs because they do offer some things that Garment Creator cannot do.

I would say it took us about 60 days to feel good about what we were producing and we are still learning everyday.
 
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How has the maintenance been? Any clogging issues? How many shirts do you print per day? Thx
We have to run a clean everyday. Usually just a light clean on the white heads. Occasionally a medium clean. I can't remember every having to clean the color heads.

The white tube flush does hurt when you see how much ink it uses, and costs. But that is only once every 30 days.

Have to do a simple "cleaning cap" clean once a week. Takes about 15 minutes.

So far we have had no issues. Works great.

Head cleaning kit replacement did sneak up on us and we were down for a day waiting for the kit to come in. But easy to replace and get going again.

Right now this is a part-time business for us. We print about 20 shirts a day - weekdays and 100-200 a day - weekends.
 
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Epson is not a bullet proof and there are no bullet proof printer out there. But EPSON requiers minimal maintenance than others. Don't forget this We lost couple printheads on our demo machines. LOL. Wasn't a big deal. They came over and replaced. But think about after warranty is over. Expensive . Lol. Or keep buying warranty every year? Pls do minimum maintenance.
Choose 3rd party RIP will help you on Saving ink equals to Printer Monthly payment. If you feel Ink payment is stiff Think 3rd party RIP asap. There are many RIP sellers. Quality? Check out with your own eyes.
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Manage your tube flushes. If comes up on Friday morning finish your days work. Then do not Flush but do a white ink removal instead. This will put cleaning solution in the lines and hold. You can still print with CMYK only. Then when you are ready to do white ink again, fill the white ink. Now you have gained a few extra days until next tube flush message. Same if vacation or long weekend. With a little planning you can cut your tube flushes from 12-10 or better. Also make a note and tape to the side of the machine when you complete the flush. Just in case you get a power flux and trigger a false flush message.
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Anybody experienced Tricksy pretreat machine? Made in Italy. Tricksy.com. It seem lead dog in EU.
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I think it is Tricksy Italia ::: Coming soon page
 






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