thinking about getting a plate maker. Need some information on what some recomendations are. I would like to get into a platemake at a reasonable cost. This platemaker would not be used on a daily basis. Any thoughts would be helpful.

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Based on your usage, unless you have a lot of cash to burn, or find a local used platemaker at really good deal you are generally better off buying plate processing from the usual suspects in financial terms.

Generally, you will be required to replace bulbs, ballasts, brushes and kreen. This can add up fast. Really fast if you have an A2. Brushes alone can run you $600 or more.

I think the general concensus is that Anderson Vreeland is the best platmaker, but we bought a new JET A2+ several years ago and have had great results.