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    What's your take on rollers? I know Syn-tac rollers are cheap and don't last long, are they any good? OEM rollers are quite costly but does it pan out in the long run? Also, I've heard companies like Bottcher that recover roller cores are another way to go. Opinions?

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    When it comes to rollers, you get what you pay for. Bottcher is really well known for a reason. Aside from Rotodyne, I can't even think of another roller company. Life depends on how well they are maintained, what solvents you use, what stripes you run, what inks you run. Check out the Chamelion rollers by Bottcher.
    John Lind
    Cranberry Township, PA
    724-776-4718

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      Re: Rollers

      Jeremy, What press are these rollers for? Duplicators, large format sheetfed and Web presses will each require specific capabilities and/or compounds.
      Mark

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      • #4
        Re: Rollers

        Well, I was just posting this as a general discussion to hear people's opinions but I run a 3302. I haven't been printing all that long so this website is great, learning from people with more experience than me (there is no one else in my shop that knows how to print, it's sad).

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          Re: Roller Suggestions

          With proper pressroom chemistry and inks you can expect 2 years out of form rollers and 4 to 5 years out of riders, ductors, and distributors.

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            Re: Roller Suggestions

            2 years ? What kind of impressions are running ?

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            • #7
              Re: Roller Suggestions

              How about Pacesetter Graphic? They have been in business like 30 years and make their rollers with new core, cover and bearings. They even have the capability to make the durometer of the rolllers different based on where the roller is used.

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              • #8
                Re: Roller Suggestions

                Sorry, read too many of the posts, Pacesetter will offer rollers fro Ryobi, but they don't make for themselves. I thought you were asking for a diff. press.

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                • #9
                  Re: Roller Suggestions

                  For duplicator classes, I would recommend Syntac (Chicago Manifold), L-O-R (Lith-O-Roll) or rollers from the manufacturer of the press. When looking for rollers, you will get what you pay for. The inexpensive ones are mass-produced and work OK while the more expensive ones are handmade and will provide you with better print quality and longevity. Good Hunting!
                  Mark

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                    Re: Roller Suggestions

                    Jeremy,

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                    • #11
                      Re: Roller Suggestions

                      Jeremy,

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                      • #12
                        Re: Roller Suggestions

                        Ptek has a serious mark up on Riceobi parts and rollers. Like a 3985 DNP price for a #1 form roller is $101.00 they charge like 3 times that much. That is why they can offer 35% off rollers and still make money.

                        They even sell Syntac rollers and still make money. They call them VOC rollers.

                        Do yourself a favor and look at the independent service people and parts suppliers that are available.
                        There are plates available for the DPM 2340 and DPM34 available also at a lesser cost. All you need is a media adapter. The razor and blade boys roll their plates inside out to make it proprietary. But it is standard Mitsubishi stuff.
                        Proprietary is not a smart way to print.
                        Proprietary components are components that are unique to a specific manufacturer, and do not conform to preset standards.
                        Think about it
                        OG

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                        • #13
                          Re: Roller Suggestions

                          Before I start I have begin by saying i am in the roller business for 20 years so I am obviously biased but i will try to offer an objective opinion. I would take my time and carefully research the roller company that is right for your needs. Their is Web offset (Heatset & Coldset) Sheetfed rollers including UV, mixed/hybrid, dampening rollers, inking rollers etc. My point is that no roller company is the BEST at everything! Call in a few suppliers and have them make their case and ask for references, see where they are located, do they offer strong technical & sales support, can they analyze consumables for you? I don't think something as important as rollers should be purchased online or through a catalog.

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                          • #14
                            Call Acorn Rollers in Chicago. They cover with Westland (Germany) compound and are the only company in the us to do so. Over the past few years Westland has become the cheif roller supplier to Heidelberg instead of Bottcher. And ordering form Acorn can in Some cases save you half.

                            Thanks,
                            Todd

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                            • #15
                              westland are sh*t

                              hi there,

                              in my opinion westland make sh*t rollers compared with bottcher. I run sm74 in a super hot enviroment 30-35 degrees c(ink unit temp) and the westlands have showed signs of mechanical and chemical damage after six months, bottcher are expensive (1200-1400 £ sterling per set ) they charge this for a reason. I have used bottcher for over ten years now and they are the best on the market.

                              Paul

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