Well Fred, I have done a bit of research on printers..... I have mostly concentrated on the versacamm, the mutoh falcon, the mimaki jv3. I'm sure you allready know that if your gonna use the versacamm for vehicle graphics your gonna have to buy that laminator anyways.
The ink for the Mimaki is cheaper than the versacamm.......because of the way its sold.
Mimaki ink 128.00/440= .29 per ml
Roland Ink 75.00/220 = .35 per ml
Barry did mention about this new Triangle/NuSign inks, which I know nothing about........ does that affect the roland warranty?
I don't know about the mutoh inks but I'm sure it would need laminated for vehicle graphics also as its an eco-solvent.......... so I'm told. Would the solvent (mimaki) need lamination for vehicles??? Fred?
From what I've read, mostly from Barry's posts, the bulk ink system is a multi winner ... it lowers costs, improves quality and durability, and increases convenience. I'm a fan of bulk ink since getting a desktop Epson with a bulk ink system and seeing my costs drop to 20% - 25% of what they were.
Restating what Barry has said without direct knowledge, Triangle picks up the warranty for anything the ink touches and Roland is responsible for the rest of the machine warranty.
The issue with non-solvent-ecosolvent inks such as used by HP is the requirement for special films as well as the inherent lower resistance to sun fade. Yes, you are correct that any of them should be laminated for vehicle use. We mostly Edge print and we always add either a laminate or a clear UV-abrasion guard overprint when it is for vehicle marking or windows.
In a perfect world, one would have the HP and the solvent printer and an Edge and use each where it was most appropriate. If you're not living in a perfect world and have to pick one that is the most useful all around, then it would be the solvent or eco-solvent printer. In either world, the functionality, ease of use and ability to generate the highest return on investment should, IMHO, far outweigh the selling price of the device.