Just to clarify something, I am not against dtg printing. In fact, I am a big proponent of it for the companies. I have several consulting clients and know hundreds of more apparel decorators that have a dtg printer, find that it is beneficial for their shop and have gotten the ROI they expected out of it. Not all of them have store fronts when they got the printer and some still don't. But it must match your business model. No one (including a sales rep) but the business owner will be able to state that buying a dtg printer is good or not good for your business without doing an indept analysis of your business. The sales reps are not going to do this study for you - it is not their job. It is the responsibility of the shop owner.As usual Mark has provided some valuable suggestions. The question is not why shouldn't buy the anajet, but why should you buy ANY dtg printer.
Not to butt in......but to prove Mark's point, we had several new clients that we did prototype t-shirts for to help generate sales, one of the clients was so impressed with the shirts that during the conversation he asked what else we did....which let to a couple cases of dye-sub mugs we just delivered last week.All my post above about is making sure that the original poster has done his/her's research on making sure whatever dtg printer is the right move for their business. No one should under-estimate the power of a dtg printer can bring to a shop to get several other types of jobs - where you can make additional money, but you would might not had the chance to do so without owning the dtg printer.
Hi d,Hi all
I'm brand new here and wanted to ask.....I'm all set to purchase the Anajet for dark garments in the next day or so, I've read a fair bit about it now and I'm more or less convinced, can anyone give me good reason NOT to buy it.
Thanks heaps for your input and comments, they're much appreciated. Let me tell you guys where I'm at.
I run an online t-shirt label and we are trading very well for 6 years now with our own brand and designs, due to a sharp downturn in the economy 4 screen printers have called it a day in my locality. Hence there is a market available for us to move into in corporate t-shirt printing. Most importantly short runs i.e 25-50 shirts. My thinking was a DTG and any research I have done has favored the Anajet. Currently we use poly transfers that we outsource and we also use digital transfers from our Mimaki CJV which is very good but limited in it's capabilities as it's still print and weed technology.
I hope all of this has helped you understand where we are at. The market is strong and I don't have any issued with paying off the machine it's the reliability that is my issue.
Hey RaiseOthers won't say good or bad but I will.
I have an Anajet FP-125 that is sitting because it is not reliable. The machine was cleaned regularly, printed with daily and I have stacks of bills to show the parts I replaced and kept on hand to make sure it always had what it needed.
With all that effort the Anajet still did not perform as needed. The worst issue was with the printer just up and stopping in the middle of a print due to the white ink coverage being too dense and triggering a mandatory head clean. Not only do you lose the shirt but you waste all the time and material to get a print maybe 2/3s of the way done.
Before shelving it, Anajet's response was "We know that is an issue, try printing less white ink." Can I tell you how well that goes over with the client who's shirt order I'm trying to print?
I'm sure there are excellent Epson/Dupont printer systems out there but I wouldn't list the Anajet as one of them.
charles95405 is absolutely correct in saying that a 20k investment gone bad is a huge setback for a home-based or small business. It just about killed us if not for our other lines of income (embroidery, vinyl, DTG with a different machine). We still struggle today trying to figure out how we get out of this hole with the lease on the machine. I have a hard time selling it in good conscience since I know it will fail; the overall design of it seems inclined to do so as I have never heard back from Anajet about a fix for "printing too much white ink".
I guesss I should have mentioned it at the start but it's the Anajet Sprint I'm looking to purchase not the FT 125 if that makes any difference. I'd love to hear about anyone's experience with the SprintI do agree, I recently bought a Veloci Jet and love it. I have had every thing from the original Tjet (red machine) I had 3 of them, T-Jet2's 2 of them, the T-Jet 3 and A balazer Express. I have found the Veloci Jet to be a very good machine, prints are awesome and the print speed is great. I have not used a machine yet that prints white as well as this machine does in one pass In fairness I have not used an Anajet machine but have spoke to many people that have had them and did not like them at all
I really appreciate your honesty, it's given me real food for thought. Nice one.
Just to give frame of reference, the Anajet FP-125 was our first DTG printer but it was not our first commercial printer. We also keep and maintain a Roland VP300. I've been in IT on both the hardware and software sides for 17 years and am perfectly capable from a technical stand point to do any type of support work on the printers.
We also picked up a Brother GT-541 and the difference even if you consider using CMYK only in the FP-125 or Sprint is huge. No more odd printing errors (like turning an image sideways and seeing it glitch out but if you rotate it back to portrait, no glitch), no more crashes due to head cleanings triggering during the print cycle and significantly less headache in getting a good nozzle check at the start of each print day.
We bought into the Anajet sales pitch and honestly, it seems like a really good idea before you start using the machine. However, I wouldn't want anyone else to purchase this company's products and lose their investment like we did.
That is of course unless you are in in my sales area in which case by all means purchase an Anajet to compete with me! J/K ;P