It’s no secret the Epson is changing the game in Direct to Garment Printing. Many reps from other DTG brands (like Brother and AnaJet) are jumping ship and looking for a place in the Epson market.
Here are some comparison points a recently converted Brother rep shared with me via email.
- Way less expensive – A Brother GT361 is $22k + expensive heat press (typically $4k) + pre treat machine ($4k) = ~ $30k for Brother system.
- Can use your existing heat press with Epson – the Brother pretreat process NEEDS a high pressure press (80lbs is spec).
- Can use a paint roller for pre treat with Epson – Brother pre treat application is a critical step. The Epson pre treat is WAY more forgiving.
- White ink shelf life is 2 years with Epson– Brother is 3-6 months
- Less maintenance, the machine can sit for a week (per Melco’s maintenance guide) – Brother needs a nozzle check etc. every couple days.
- Better color gamut.
- Ink durability.
- Easier to use and also maintain.
- Mac and PC.
- With a purchase price of $14,995, typical ROI is easily sub 12 months OR if financing it takes an average of about 4-5 dark shirts per day to cover the lease.
- Epson does not require white ink tube flushes at all meaning very little wasted ink. Brother requires flushes every 2 weeks requiring significant amounts of wasted ink.