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February 27th, 2017 10:18 AM
thisised
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Hello, I am also interested to get into the DTG business, part of it is to promote my own line of design and the other part is for offering a service to others. From my experience with DTG my shirts were printed by a Kornit but they are too expensive and don't have a lot of options for a small printer for starters except for Breeze I'm not so sure if I want to gamble on buying a really big machine, I know their printers have pre-treat in it which is cool but I'll consider that detail for later.

The brands I've search for were DTG digital, Kornit and Brother, and Epson (only seen bad reviews for Anajet). So far DTG Digital has brought me enough info it is really convincing me. the downside of all is that I can't find dealers or distributors in CA (nearby Los Angeles or San Diego) or maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but it'll be a big plus for me.

Since is my first time getting into this business my best bet is to start small, and im not sure if I should go for one that is fairly big for big production but I'm not sure if I'm rushing it. I've seen printers that aren't big but can print two at the same time and I really like that, but also one which platen can adapt to bigger shirt size, too.

I know I also have to invest on a pre-treating machine and a heating machine for the after and before printing

This is all the info I have, I hope I'm not asking too much but I prefer to read from real people and their experience in what they got and how efficient their printer is

Thank you for your time!
August 12th, 2015 02:49 AM
JeridHill
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Hahaha, I'd have to re-read the thread but I'm sure we still agree on stuff!
August 11th, 2015 09:53 PM
Justin Walker
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Hey Jerid, check it out! Back in 2007, we used to agree on stuff! Lol
August 11th, 2015 07:52 PM
gatorGRAFIX
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

this thread was from 2007. I'd say that the game has changed drastically since then.
August 11th, 2015 03:28 PM
robtech
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Thanks for all the opinions, great help in understanding this a bit more
June 17th, 2007 09:06 AM
Rodney
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

This forum is not the place to air out your previous personal issues. Please do not continue this debate on this forum. Any questions, please contact me off board via PM or email.
June 16th, 2007 07:02 PM
Justin Walker
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Jerid - that is the same thing I heard recently. Thank you for the clarification!
June 16th, 2007 07:00 PM
JeridHill
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

I'm here to tell you the TJet 3 is manufactured by US Screen. They have a location directly across from their offices. All manufacturing is done out of that location. At least for the TJet 3.....

Mastermind no longer builds products for US Screen. They manufacture for SWF....
June 16th, 2007 03:03 PM
Justin Walker
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

I might be wrong, but I heard as well that the newest incarnations of T-Jet products were not made by Mastermind anymore... If anyone has anything to add, I would be interested in hearing it.
June 16th, 2007 08:44 AM
ChameleonPrints
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

That was true with the T-jet2 and the Kiosk being the same machine by Mastermind... but the T-jet3 is not the same machine nor is it anything like the DTG Kiosk.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FloridaGraphics
They are both built upon the same engine, MASTERMIND. The only difference that is apparent, is the support. Don (SWF East, DTG Kiosk you are referring to) appears to be much more cogniscant (sp?) to his user base and support needs.

This is only a personal observation. However, it is factually built upon the mastermind infrastructure just like the TJet. Are there subtle differences? You would need to ask Don, but it is a MasterMind printer like the TJet.

Many people appear to be awaiting the DTG HM1, myself as well.
June 16th, 2007 04:24 AM
JeridHill
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferisoft
Flexi jet and tjet3 seem identical but flexi is only offered for US clients and i am not
These 2 printers are nothing alike, just for your info.

The Tjet3 is a new printer and it's based on the R1800 which is a 13" printer retailing for $550. The Flexijet is based on a 4800, 17" printer that retails for around $2000. Not only that, but the Flexijet moves over the substrate or shirt in this case, whereas the shirt board moves into the Tjet3.

The Flexijet has been on the market for over a year whereas the Tjet3 has been on the market only a few months.

Just thought you might like to know that.....
June 16th, 2007 04:18 AM
FloridaGraphics
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferisoft
Fast T-Jet Package Prices - this pro package at 17k $ and maybe the KIOSK - The DTG Kiosk Inkjet Printer (i have now requested prices and specs on email because adobe reader crashed AGAIN) If someone has used any of the 2 or in the best case both of them can you tell me the differences the costs for ink and so on please.
They are both built upon the same engine, MASTERMIND. The only difference that is apparent, is the support. Don (SWF East, DTG Kiosk you are referring to) appears to be much more cogniscant (sp?) to his user base and support needs.

This is only a personal observation. However, it is factually built upon the mastermind infrastructure just like the TJet. Are there subtle differences? You would need to ask Don, but it is a MasterMind printer like the TJet.

Many people appear to be awaiting the DTG HM1, myself as well.
June 16th, 2007 04:13 AM
FloridaGraphics
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferisoft
Well i am looking now into T-jet3 as it seems more established on the market but i hear some awful feedback as well. Can you give me more explanation on problems that might occur with it.
Ferisoft, what is your EXACT budget you are working with? If its a price point, you may already have your answer. If it is not, there are a lot of options available to you.
June 14th, 2007 06:18 AM
ferisoft
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

Well i am looking now into T-jet3 as it seems more established on the market but i hear some awful feedback as well. Can you give me more explanation on problems that might occur with it.
June 13th, 2007 04:14 PM
csquared
Re: Looking for good beginner DTG printer

for a beginner that has no customer base yet I would suggest getting a base model machine (maybe even a refurb) that only prints on lights (this will save you a lot of headache while getting accustom to the machine), once you master that you can always get a white ink upgrade that will enable you to print on dark shirts.

I have a T-jet2 and couldn't be happier but you will have to see what machine fits your business plan
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