Mutoh Toucan LT review

The Mutoh Toucan LT won the 2005 DPI product of the year award. As well it swept up two awards at the 2005 SGIA Digital Conference. Winning Best Poster Print and Best Rigid Substrate. The Mutoh Toucan LT beat out heavyweight contenders such as the Mimaki JV3- SPII and the Roland Sol-Jet Pro II.

“The Toucan LT printer has been tremendously successful and winning this competition validates its best-in-class performance and value,” says Guy Cipresso, Vice President/General Manager of Mutoh America. “We’re extremely proud to have captured this award.”

When Glenn Dewhirst of Prism Creative Inc. (a full-service creative advertising and design shop located in Newmarket, Ontario) was looking to upgrade his previous Mutoh printer, he had no hesitation in settling with the new Toucan LT solvent printer. Glenn and his partner Mike went looking for a printer that would not only increase productivity, but allow them to print on a variety of substrates at a cost-effective price. They found exactly what they needed in the Mutoh Toucan LT printer.

“We choose the Toucan LT 64 printer because of its output quality, and the cost of the machine was very competitive with the market. It was also easy to use and produces very little wasted material or ink on jobs,” said Dewhirst.

“Right away we could see much better productivity. With the Toucan LT, we were able to expand our media options. You can output to virtually every substrate, whether it be adhesive vinyl, vehicle vinyl, backlit mesh banner, perforated window vinyl, various vinyl banners, and a variety of paper stocks. You name it, we have printed on it. The printer is extremely versatile,” he adds. “We never again have to sacrifice quality regardless of the substrate we print on.”

Equipped with a heavy-duty feed system, the Toucan LT is designed to accommodate 220lbs. of media, even during unattended print runs. The Toucan LT is available in Eco-Solvent Plus ink or LT Solvent ink that ensures bright, vivid colors and up to three years’ outdoor durability on every print. With print speeds up to 398 sq. ft. per hour and resolutions up to 1440dpi, the new Toucan LT has the performance power to accelerate productivity.

“The Toucan LT has helped us increase production and profits by allowing us to tackle large jobs overnight, leaving daytime business hours free for more hands-on applications. The unattended print runs have made a huge difference to our bottom line by eliminating manpower in the equation in most cases day or night. It has also improved our turnaround times,” says Dewhirst.

“That feature came in handy on a recent big project for Canadian shopping centre developer Ivanhoe Cambridge for their Oakville Mall location. Prism produced and installed about 4,000 sq. ft. of mural applications in an area where Ivanhoe Cambridge was building a new addition to the mall. Original watercolor paintings were scanned and blown up to, in some cases, 20 x 30 feet. Printing much of the job overnight allowed us to get it done even faster and not fall behind on other projects.”