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Re: If you had to buy a new printer which one would it be?

Postby Tom Kuhn » November 19th, 2011, 2:46 pm

Inga brings up a good point. Whatever printer you choose, before buying, check for the availability and pricing of refill ink cartridges or toner cartridges. My son has a customer that comes in every 6-8 months and buys a new printer simply because the printers are on sale and it is cheaper to buy the whole printer than replacement cartridges for his model.

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Re: If you had to buy a new printer which one would it be?

Postby Engraver » November 19th, 2011, 3:14 pm

I have the 1400 and use refillable cartridges with Screenprinters inkjet ink. It is so dense you could put your transparency up against a window and can't see through it. Very easy to refill and cheap compared to getting cartridges. FilmDirectOnline.Com. This is where I get my transparencies from also.

After all....screenprinters use the same methods we do - and have been at it alot longer. They have already perfected what needs to be done to get artwork to develop on photo sensitive films and emulsions. Why re-invent the wheel?

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Re: If you had to buy a new printer which one would it be?

Postby Kelly Harris » November 19th, 2011, 6:35 pm

I have an HP Laserjet printer that I love.....loved. Sometimes I'm not too smart and when I purchased it I didn't check to see how much to toner cartridges were. The printer has been sitting idle now for about 6 or 8 months because the cartridges are $90.00 x 4 new or $48.00 x 4 remanufactured.

I also have the Epson 1400, great printer.

Thanks for the advice Kevin, I'm going to look into that.

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Re: If you had to buy a new printer which one would it be?

Postby David Takes » November 20th, 2011, 1:20 pm

I would buy any lightly used HP LaserJet 1012, 1018, 1020 or 1022. You can get these used off Craigslist or Ebay for $50 - $100. Use the original hp 12A toners, not remanufactured toners. I've been able to keep these stocked up on my shelf for about $35 per cartridge, but I keep an eye out for them all of the time.

If you are going to use RapidMask as a resist material you will have to go with an inkjet to get the best results. Epson is a solid brand the primarily uses a micro piezo printhead that produces some of the finest image results.
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