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Default Re: What machine do you own and how did you make your decision on it :)

What machine do you own?
T-Jet 3

What were the sources of information you researched to make your decision?

Internet

What is your business model?
Local Custom/Contract Direct-to-Garment and Dye Sublimation Printing, and local and online retail sales of our own designed t-shirts

Are you happy with your decision?
Yes, but I think we got into the industry at an odd time (April 2007). I wished we had either started much earlier (before printing with underbases), or much later (compensating for economy changes, and new technologies)

What are the pros you have learned of your machine?
Always developing new improvements, great support system between other same machine users

What are the negatives you have learned of your machine?
LOL, over coming the quirks of a now defunct machine, and limited profit margins

What type of maintenance do you do?
Very little ... a few minutes each day of one or two head cleanings, agitating inks and wiping cap stations, printer head, and encoder strip. Once a week or month, of wiping or oiling down rails ... print something every day to keep problems away

How long have you owned your machine?
11 months

How long did it take you to learn to use?
Two weeks, but there are always new updates, improvements and general techniques by like users that come up and change the process to improve production

Is there anything you wished you had known before you bought your machine that you know now?
The statistics for the number of shirts produced per hour, and the cost of ink used is typically inflated, and the technology tends to come out faster than tech support can respond to issues, basically leaving users to rely on each other to overcome problems

Is there anything else you would like to add or let others know?
Not really, this model is no longer being produced ... do your research, take every thing you hear or read with a HUGE grain of salt, and understand your business model

Would you recommend this machine to others?
Hard to recommend an obsolete machine. If it was still being made ... yes, but I have overcome all the curve balls sent my way with it ... and no, there are better models out there now to consider

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