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Epson SureColor F2100 VS SureColor F2000

Written by Lann Tarrant III - IT Supplies Textile Printing Expert

Should I invest in the Epson F2100 or F2000?

Our team just wrapped up the NBM Arlington tradeshow last weekend.  We spoke with hundreds of professional printers in the apparel and signage market, and I even taught a class on the direct to garment process.  Without a doubt, this has been our number one question since the unveiling of the F2100 in January at ISS Long Beach. The market’s number one selling DTG, the Epson F2000, has been the choice of printer for both start-ups and production fulfillment houses alike.

So, what’s the big deal about the newer version of the F2000?

At first glance, the obvious new color scheme and peculiar added “black box” on the back of the printer stand out to those with F2000. Outside of the appearance difference, Epson made some key changes to upgrade performance from the F2000. The most notable of these changes include:

  • Variable drop technology: This allows for better image quality with graphics that have gradient colors. The printer can better control the size of the dot of ink dropped, to ensure a better transition in colors and tone. This can also mean ink savings… who doesn’t want that?
  • Maintenance upgrades:
    • The F2100 comes with an additional white ink filter (the added black box). Anyone who is researching DTG, or currently printing DTG, knows that white ink maintenance is crucial to success. While the F2000 already had a couple filter points for the white ink, Epson added an additional white ink filter for increased protection from clogging nozzles in the F2100.
    • The F2100 promotes even more convenience with its inline solution for maintenance. Translation: no more drops. Currently with the F2000, the operator will put 10ml of solution into the printhead capping station at the end of the day. While it is not that time consuming or expensive, the F2100 eliminates this process by having a solution cartridge in the ink bay system.
  • Double the print modes: The F2000 has three basic print modes, fast, quality, and high quality. All of which allow the printer to move at different speeds. The F2100 gives the operator six different print modes to choose from, including using the highlight white mode that increases speed. The additional print modes allow you to really customize the priorities of each print job you do.
  • Increased speeds: The F2100 has up to 35% faster printing on images using white ink, and twice as fast printing without white ink (because of the new print modes available).

The F2100 is currently $15,995 after rebates, and the first wave of printer deliveries is set for late March/early April. The F2000 is $12,995 after rebates and available now (the lowest price for the printer since its induction).

Inevitably, there will be a large amount of businesses that always want the newest thing. I may actually be one of those people myself (I had to have the iPhone X!). For those currently in production with DTG and have a demand for custom shirts from customers that keep their printers printing all through the week, adding the F2100 makes perfect sense. If you already have an F2000 and need to add another to keep up, the F2100 would be ideal, especially since the included Garment Creator software will allow you to use both models from one computer!

Why would I buy the F2000 now? 

Proven, supported, efficient. Epson has thousands of F2000’s in the states alone. It has outstanding image quality, and great support from Epson. It baffles me that most competitive DTG’s still do not warranty the printhead past the first year. Epson coverage is available for 3 total years. Did I mention it is being sold at the lowest price ever??

If you are just getting into the market, this is your printer. Obviously, the F2100 will work as well, but consider an opportunity to save the money with the F2000 upfront while testing the waters in a market new to your company. With the right accessories, you could be ready to take orders for under $18k. You should expect to produce about 20-25 shirts an hour (dark and white colored shirts) and up to 40-45 shirts if you are not using white ink. This is more than enough capability to get you up and running in the market. Once your demand exceeds what one F2000 can handle, adding an F2100 to your workflow is simple.

The good news is that you cannot go wrong with either printer.

You can learn all the differences and benefits for the F2000 and F2100 by contacting one of our Textile Print Specialists at IT Supplies at (800) 771-9665. We would love to help you find the printer that is the best fit for your business!

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