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Old November 1st, 2018 Nov 1, 2018 1:42:30 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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I started my business using plastisol transfers. It is going quite well. But there are a lot of limitations with the transfers. I am looking into a DTG printer. Where is a good place to get the printer? Which model is good for about 100 shirts per week?
 
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Default Re: looking to upgrade to a DTG

As a now happy former owner of a DTG printer I would ask why DTG?
DTG is a big commitment in money and time. There is a lot of both spent on maintenance and printing. Most brands will work for 100 shirts per week but IMHO they aren't worth the money unless you are doing more business than that. Hard to get ROI off of 100 shirts per week.

My advice is if you decide that is the right direction for you, go in eyes wide open and ask a ton of questions to your sales reps.

Have you looked into white toner laser options? They can fill the need beyond transfers without the hefty price tag of DTG
 
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Default Re: looking to upgrade to a DTG

You will here a lot of negative about DTG, and their are down sides to every equation. DTG is great for full color prints on cotton t-shirts, white doesnt have to be treated, color and black shirts if your using white you need to pretreat. You can buy shirts that are DTG ready, like the RTP apparel. The speed of the machines vary from do it your self printers, no warranty
Middle of the road printers like epson knock offs, and then the brand name printers as well.

Small DTG printers can print 25-30 White t-shirt with standard cymk print per hour, dark shirts pretreated 2 passes your looking at printing 10-20 per hour. Larger machines print faster and some offer unique features.

Started DTG machines 10-20K plus pretreat machine 4-8k and heat press, humidifiers. I also recommend having extra ink and capping station cleaning materials readily on hand.
Polyprint machine, Omniprint machines,

Middle of the road machines range from 20-40K mainly faster machines , ink is a bit more, like the Brother GTX, has a good warranty.


high end machines range from 60k to 400k but are faster, bulk inks and more. Most shops would be looking to print between 10 -50 shirts a day, I have been doing DTG now for 11 months and I print 20-100 shirts a week.



buy a machine that suits your needs not the hype, if you see yourself printing at shows you will need a machine thats portable, that you can take with you and print as required thats fast enough to keep clients happy. If your printing at shows you may want to limit the colors, and use RTP shirts takes out the pretreatment for the shirts.



I also scree nprint and do embroidery so dtg is a added income source for my business,
 
 
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Basically, if you have money to burn then DTG may be worth trying, but if your budget is tight and you want to see a quick ROI then I'd invest in other methods.

Apart from the huge (to most of us) starting price, you will have high ongoing costs for maintenance. These machines really need to be running every day to reduce tge chances of mechanical, electrical and printing problems.

So, to sum up DTG, you need -

Big money.

Big orders.
 
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Default Re: looking to upgrade to a DTG

"....a lot of limitation with ..."
Without knowing the problem you are trying to solve, it is hard to suggest or confirm if DGT is going to get you where you want to go.
However....DTG is a really sexy thing to have in your shop. Seriously, being able to market you own the leastest technology in T-shirt printing DOES HAVE VALUE. Just keep in mind, 'I't all about the black cotton T shirt." There are several low-tech, low-cost solutions to the K cotton.
But, the limitations you have encountered have not been revealed so what is best for you can not be known.
 






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