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Printer Recommendations? #1298557
Mon Feb 11 2019 11:10 PM
Mon Feb 11 2019 11:10 PM
HandyAndy  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 576
SE Iowa
It's time for an 'all in one' printer upgrade.........

We have an Epson WF-2530 and I'm confident there won't be another Epson product sitting in its place. My wife purchased a couple ink cartridges and I went through the set-up, several times. Contacted the Epson support line twice and learned that our printer needs to be serviced at a factory repair center, NOT! Evidently, something is plugged, it's too old (like me) to put any more money in it and I'm completely frustrated with it.

If you've recently purchased an 'all in one' printer you're happy with, let me know what you're using.

Thanks,


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"Horses can be hard on your religion." - Anonymous
Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298564
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:05 AM
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:05 AM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,512
Jarvisburg, NC
I gave up on Epson, after using them since the 90s

An HP Color Laserjet Pro multifunction printer, scanner, fax has worked quite well for about 10 years.
It has WiFi, and and RJ45 Ethernet and USB wired connectivity.

It works with Windows and all Apple products.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298573
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:35 AM
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:35 AM
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Volfandt  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 1,603
Knox County, TN
I had a nice HP printer, scanner and fax that worked real good for several years until lightening hit a tree next to my house and blew up most of my electronics last summer. Only problem I had with it was it went through ink like no bodies business and it was $50 a whack to replace the 3 color and one black inks. Somnetimes I only needed the black ink and the extended black cartridge ran around $25 IIRC.

I replaced the HP with a Canon MB2700 printer, scanner, fax and so far I haven't had to replace the ink so I don't know how that compares.
It does a good job printing, scanning sending and receiving faxes but it doesn't seem to be as high a quality as the HP.
I do think the HP was a better unit tho. The Canon will turn completely off at times and I have to go and manually turn it back on when I print. The HP stayed in sleep mode and would wake up when I sent a print job to it.
IIRC I got the HP on sale for around $100 but it's new replacement was in the $150-$199 price range.
I got the Canon from amazon to my door for $85.

Good luck
Dave

Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298588
Tue Feb 12 2019 01:36 AM
Tue Feb 12 2019 01:36 AM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,512
Jarvisburg, NC
My HP printer sometimes does what Dave described for his printer: when it “goes to sleep”, it often looses connections when it “awakens”. It has to be turned off and on to reset connections. It is a bit of a pain if your printer is far away from you.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298606
Tue Feb 12 2019 04:42 AM
Tue Feb 12 2019 04:42 AM
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Gord&Fran  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 502
Mill Bay, BC, Canada
I don't like ink jet printers. My printer is infrequently used and I always had trouble with the ink drying out.

I'm happy with my Samsung Express M2885W printer. It's a multiple function laser printer.


Gord
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1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298625
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:37 PM
Tue Feb 12 2019 12:37 PM
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WE b OLD  Offline
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Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 6,253
marion, in. usa
I have an HP office jet 3830 Wifi printer and has worked fine for me for 4 or 5 years.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

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2015 GMC terrain.
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Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298628
Tue Feb 12 2019 01:00 PM
Tue Feb 12 2019 01:00 PM
amtrakjoe  Offline
Stovebolt Photo Moderator
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 348
Bucks County - Pennsylvania, ...
In my opinion - EPSON’s are boat anchors. I have found on-line printing is best for my photography stuff. At the house we bought a color laser jet-scanner/printer/copier manufactured by Brother. I believe its an MFC 9330 CDW

We use it about every day, and save a few cents by forcing the output to B&W. Ink-jets tend to be fussy unless frequently used, and the ink gets expensive. Joe


In this world there are givers and takers. The takers eat well, the givers sleep well......

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1947 - 3800 dually known as "Deadwrench"

Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1298705
Tue Feb 12 2019 09:48 PM
Tue Feb 12 2019 09:48 PM
John Milliman  Offline
Founder/Developer
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,036
St. Mary's Co., MD
Concur with Joe -- The Epson all in one here at HQ is crap -- all we use it for anymore is to scan. I, too, hate/loathe/despise inkjets. Our workhorse is the 20-year old Laserjet 6P -- still cooking and turning out great printed product (as long as grayscale/B&W). It's got battle damage from 3 moves and a lightning strike (anyone remember when we got hit by lightning?) That strike put a 6-foot by 6-foot hole in the roof, set the house briefly on fire, destroyed a TV, VCR, multiple phones, two computers, a router, an inkjet and a scanner ... but this tank of a printer survived! A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to very loud music on the Bose 301's and one of them walked off the shelf and fell 2 feet onto the printer (and then rolled off the printer and fell another two feet to the hardwood floor) ... both are fine, but with cosmetic damage to both... Patina. smile

Go Laserjet!

Oh, I wouldn't use the Epson as a boat anchor, though. Maybe a canoe anchor.


John

'49 Chevrolet 3804
'70 Boston Whaler Sakonnet w/ '84 Evinrude 90
'85 Ford F-350 "The Farm Dawg"

Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1299713
Tue Feb 19 2019 11:18 PM
Tue Feb 19 2019 11:18 PM
HandyAndy  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 576
SE Iowa
Gentlemen,

Thanks for all the input and advice on the printers. We ended up purchasing a Brother MFC-L2710DW all in one laser printer from Staples on sale for $149.99 plus tax. It's got a single black toner cartridge instead of multiple ink cartridges, we don't print much color any way. As a side bonus, Staples recycled the old printers free of charge.

No more expensive HP or Epson cartridges for me!

Thanks again for your help, it's great to be a Stovebolter!!


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"Horses can be hard on your religion." - Anonymous
Re: Printer Recommendations? [Re: HandyAndy] #1299724
Wed Feb 20 2019 12:16 AM
Wed Feb 20 2019 12:16 AM
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J Lucas  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,468
South Omaha, Nebraska
That's funny, I gave up on the cheap HP's several years ago and went with an Epson WF-7110. No scanning, just printing only. It has cartridges for both 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17. I really like it. This is at my work and I print quite a bit. It really comes in handy for printing quick blueprints (dwg's and pdf's) for the shop and the 11 x 17 capability is an added bonus. If I can get 3 or 4 years out of a reasonably priced printer then I'm happy. I do still have an older HP deskjet at home. But don't use it much.

Beings the laser's have come down in price I'll definitely check them out next time I'm in need.

John


J Lucas





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