Roland GX-500 servicing advice

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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:45 am

http://www.rolandforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=7696

Just been reading this one found it before you posted the link but thanks anyway, as I said really appreciate the advice so thank you for taking the time to help your a star

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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by mrtn » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:46 am

b15_uun wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:03 am
I have just seen a lot of used machines being sold with bulk ink systems and people saying ink is ink
One of the biggest misconseptions is “ink is ink”. No, just like with everything else in life - it’s a spectrum.

Also some people say “I use this machine very little, no point of spending money on OEM ink”.

WRONG, as Mr. President likes to say. The less you use the machine the less ink price affects your sales margin and the most it affects the ink system quality. It’s completely the opposite.

Third party manufacturers have no incentive to maintain consistent quality. There are very few who have done half a decent job.
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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:12 am

I better start looking for a good supplier for the OEM ink then. I suppose there's not really a way to work out how many meters of vinyl a set of OEM inks will do as it would depend on what your printing.

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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by PhillyDee » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:01 pm

b15_uun wrote:
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I better start looking for a good supplier for the OEM ink then. I suppose there's not really a way to work out how many meters of vinyl a set of OEM inks will do as it would depend on what your printing.
Versaworks will give you an estimated usage before printing.
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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:15 pm

Oh that's clever and handy to know. I found a sp300i for £2,500 last night but looks like someone else got there first and had already arranged to collect today. Pity as it looked a well looked after machine and that seemed to be a reasonable price from what I've seen.

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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by mrtn » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:30 pm

That's a really good price for a well working machine.
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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:54 pm

Yeah I know gutted I didn't get it first had a full set of ink in and another set to go with it too and they said it was in perfect working order, oh well will just have to keep looking

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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:42 pm

I think this looks to be a decent nozzle check print but just wondering if the black is OK or would need sorting, it's from a sp300v if that makes any difference
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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by mrtn » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:53 pm

KC head (the first one, cyan and black in this picture) needs replacement. The K channel of this head is wasted and will cause massive banding in anything containing black. There's a little media crash damage to the cyan channel but magenta and yellow should be ok.
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Re: Roland GX-500 servicing advice

Post by b15_uun » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:05 am

Ok good to know, I am waiting for a test print from another SP300i which should be done tomorrow so hoping that goes well as that would be my preferred choice of machine at the moment I think even though I will have to look at new software as Im running my GX500 from flexisign8.

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