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which printer should i buy

Postby jimmy21 » June 26th, 2012, 10:50 pm

I saw the other thread on this and the general consensus was an epson 1400. This printer is 300. Seems like more printer than I need. Is there a cheaper option out there that i can also refill? I want to use it for rapid mask and I want something refillable
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby GLASSART » June 27th, 2012, 5:51 am

The 1400 is the one Ikonics recommends I got mine for $180 from their site.
It's a great printer , refills are cheap, if your going to do this for a living buy quality don't always think "Cheap" my 2 cents
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby jimmy21 » June 27th, 2012, 9:00 am

180 wouldn't be so bad. Have a link?


im searching everywhere and can't find what im looking for? Is this a model that was discontinued?
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby Engraver » June 27th, 2012, 9:28 am

they can usually be found around $ 200 from time to time - office max/staples run 4-6 sales a year on them for 199 or less. the color cartridges are expensive and get sucked up doing cleanings - I converted mine to an all black "screenprinters printer" which saves on the ink costs.

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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby jimmy21 » June 27th, 2012, 9:35 am

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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby Engraver » June 27th, 2012, 11:04 am

no-the 1400
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby Kelly Harris » June 27th, 2012, 8:22 pm

I can't find the 1400 listed anywhere for sale (at least here in Canada), I wonder if the 1430 is it's replacement?
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Postby Engraver » June 27th, 2012, 10:12 pm

Kelly Harris wrote:I can't find the 1400 listed anywhere for sale (at least here in Canada), I wonder if the 1430 is it's replacement?


Well - here ya go: http://www.shopbot.ca/pp-epson-stylus-p ... 47805.html
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby jimmy21 » June 28th, 2012, 9:13 am

How about a us company?
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Re: which printer should i buy

Postby Rich » June 28th, 2012, 9:34 am

I believe the 1400 has been replaced by the 1430. The Epsom company also makes wider format printers with substantial photo imaging capabilities. That is their specialty. The ink is not cheap. They practically give away the low end printers and in my opinion, make their money on selling you ink and paper. If you want a quality printer which will last reasonably well and print clear dense images for photo resist or even full color photographic printing, then the 1430 is probably your best deal. I have no dog in the fight, don't work for or promote Epsom. But they make good printers.

For a 13x19 (sorry, inches)format the 1430 set up with all black cartridges will print the best quality film you can accomplish with that class of equipment. If you want bigger, buy an Epsom 4900 which will print 19" continuous roll film. Warning, the 7 black cartridge fills costs $995 a set for the 4900. But it will print beautiful film and a lot of it. I include it here to give you context on the range of equipment. It goes all the way from overhead transparencies with magic markers to elaborate print/color subsystems for pre-press work. One constant in all of it: you get what you pay for. You pay a lot, you get a lot. You pay it little, and you get little.

In the end, the best advice is to buy the best quality you can afford. Realize that in the low end, it is all plastic, not meant to last and in most cases cannot be recycled or repaired.

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