Beating dead printers

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by Jadriancz, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Jadriancz

    Jadriancz New Member

    I have searched thru the forums but do not find any information regarding a good printer that is capable of the following

    11x17 or 11x24 paper
    up to 110 lb cardstock
    supports ciss
    Wireless network connectivity

    From everything I have read it would appear very few members here print anything bigger than 8.5x11 (in usa) and A4 (in other countries). All the printers mentioned, when I check the specs on them most of them only support up to 65# cardstock. Which is strange since I have seen alot of mentions that they were able to print on 80 - 110 lb cardstock.

    Does anyone have a recommended printer that is currently sold that supports the above specs?
  2. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member

    Printing on such heavy paper is a problem in general. At my old job we had a professional color laser printer, like the ones used in copy shops. Recommended max. paper weight was 250 gr/sqm.

    One day I gave it 300 gr/sqm paper and it sounded like it was about the turn into smoke and ashes. Everything came out printed as desired, but never tried so heavy paper again.

    My guess would be, that it is a technical limitation. The paper is transported with rolls and these have to sit tightly on the paper. When the paper is to thick you are wearing out the springs pushing the rolls down. And the companies don't really see a benefit in making their printers take more paper weight, it's kind of a niche, isn't it?

    Same problem with size. A4 printers are what people are buying, A3 is rarely used, so there isn't really a market for non-professional A3 printers. If you dare to invest a lot of money, you could buy a professional grade printer. But that still wouldn't take 300 gr/sqm paper. :(
  3. SCEtoAux

    SCEtoAux Member

    Have you checked out the Epson WorkForce 7110? It can print up to 13" wide and a user definable length of up to 47.2" according to the specificatons on the Epson site. It can handle photo paper so 110#/199 gsm cardstock should not give it any problems.
    Here is a site that sells that printer with an installed CISS:
    You can also buy just the CISS and install it yourself.

    They also sell the Epson WorkForce 7610 with a CISS:
    It can handle the same size and weight of paper as the 7110.

    I do not know how easy or reliable those printers or the CISS are, but they do look promising.
  4. Jadriancz

    Jadriancz New Member

    After looking at the epson workforce printers there were only 2 with the requirements I wanted. However neither of the paper handling specs show any paper above photo paper, nothing on cardstock.

    Epson WorkForce WF-7620 All-in-One Printer - Product Information - Epson America, Inc.

    Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One Printer - Product Information - Epson America, Inc.

    So I went to a local Office depot and brought some 110 cardstock with me, fed it into the printers when none of the workers were looking and attempted to print a test page and immediate paper jams. Sooooo....Guess it wont be epson.
  5. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    I use an epson artisan 1430. It handles 110#, no problems, 11"x 17" no problems, wireless or USB. Ciss, not so much. three outta four ain't bad, and my printer rocks, IMHO.
  6. Jadriancz

    Jadriancz New Member

    Looking at it's paper handling spec's it apparently doesn't support cardstock either..
    Paper Types:

    • Plain paper
    • EPSON® Bright White Paper
    • Photo Paper Glossy
    • Premium Photo Paper Glossy
    • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
    • Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss
    • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
    • Presentation Paper Matte
    • Premium Presentation Paper Matte
    • Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
    • Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided
  7. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I have a Epson Workforce 1100, 13" x 19" (or longer) printer, and I think I could stick a log in it. It swallows everything. It is easy to fix, and I buy refillable cartridges from they sell O.E.M. Epson Pigment Archival ink, at ridiculously low prices. I just purchased an Epson A320 from Walmart for $39.00 dollars, and it prints 110 lb. card stock. I feed it one piece at a time. I purchased it for the scanner, at $39.00 bucks, I didn't care if the printer worked, but it does, and quite well. As far as CISS, that you have to do yourself. I don't recommend it though, algae can develop, your better off with refillable cartridges. I always have extra ones to use in if it reads low. If it still has ink, I shake the shit out of it and stick if back in!! sells what they call the "Ink Refill Station", call them up, YES, they answer they phone. Make sure you purchase a printer that uses PIGMENT INK, not Dye Sublimation!! Dye ink runs with water, and fades away. Pigment ink is Archival. They will help you prepare your order, then you order through their website. For $100 bucks, I got enough ink to last over a year, and I have a 16 year old, and my wife is documentation specialist. They also include, on top of the huge bottles of ink, two sets of cartridges, full of ink! Also, you get a nozzle cleaning kit, with cleaning fluid, with instructions, and syringes for each color, so there's no cross contamination. I have written a tutorial on how to fix that kind of stuff on this forum as I had an electronics repair shop for 10 years. Good Luck. Below is just what I would do now if my wide format printer broke, and I couldn't fix it.

    I would try this printer, before they are gone, they are pretty low in price, and better than the newer version, so far as set up, which I believe is a "people" issue.

    Forget about them stating 110. card stock, you have to Google that from actual users. This one is said to be able to do so. You should not use photographic paper when building models. They will fall apart, it's not the way to go. Paint them if you want to get to a higher level.

    Ink Source:
    Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One Printer, this is rated 5 stars by, and they sell CISS for it, and Refill Stations.

    Printer Source:
    Best price is here:

  8. Jadriancz

    Jadriancz New Member

    I guess you missed my post above where I stated I went to Officedepot and actually put 110# cardstock into both the 7610 and 7620 and they jammed up. :frak:
  9. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    The 7610 will only take matte 110 lb. card stock, from what I have read from actual users. Photographic would slip on the rollers. You tried it though, I paid $160 for my Workforce 1100, then they shot up to over $400 bucks. I don't know why? Good luck on the hunt. You're going to have to spend a lot of money of a wide format printer to do what you want. Sorry for missing the post, I read on a forum they would take 110. Matte paper. Good Luck!
    Jadriancz likes this.

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