What printer to buy? Canon or Epson?

Discussion in 'Large Format Inkjet Printers' started by chriskates, May 15, 2015.

  1. chriskates

    chriskates Member

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    I have a z3100 and have been let down by it's inability to recreate intense reds and blues that customers' paintings have in them. The red is especially weak. Also, the matte black ink is incredibly fragile. You just look at it the wrong way and it scuffs. Is that normal?

    I am thinking of getting a Epson or Canon. From what I hear Epson is really expensive to fix and gets clogs a lot.

    Does anybody have an opinion on this? Does Canon have a larger color gamut than HP?
     
  2. Mgreer

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    I've had a 24" Epson. I now have a 44" Canon iPF8300. It's possibly the worst purchase I've ever made. My printer is a dog. I imagine the Epson bring more expensive to repair than this thing. For any repair you can count on killing 2 maintenence carts and at least $2000 worth of ink. It's absolutely ridiculous how this printer wastes ink during repairs.
     
  3. chriskates

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    Are you saying the Epson is bad or the Canon? Thank you
     
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    Oops, I see I had an omission and a typo that changed the meaning of a sentence. It should've said, "I can't imagine the Epson being more expensive to repair than this thing." The hidden repair cost is the amount of ink the printer consumes to complete the repairs. Maintenance carts are relatively inexpensive but still, burning through a couple of carts during a repair is extremely annoying. All in all a repair is likely to cost you as much if not more than the purchase price of the printer! In what universe does that make sense?

    I should also mention that this is my second repair. The first one my printer was a couple of months out of warranty, but I appealed to Canon and they decided to fix it. The techs were there 3 days and replaced practically the entire innards of the printer. The main circuit board, fan, etc. That repair would've cost well over $3000. With my current repair, a tube had been pinched and a hole created. This was causing false reads about the print head. A simple hole in a tube that should be able to be fixed for $5 is going to end up costing me at least $2000.
     
  5. Manolo

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    I've had 24", 36" and 40" canon IPF printers, and ALL of them have died (sercive calls...) after spending lots of money in head replacements and ink (cleanings).
    Canon NEVER more.

    Now I'm a happy user of a 36" Epson SC-T5200
     
  6. mulo_g

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    Canons cannot be repaired. Lousy electronics. Worse parts availability
     
  7. Biggs

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    Canon Pro 4000s is an awesome machine. Print quality is superb, hardware is reliable, Aqueous/Solvent hybrid ink drys fast and resists scratching.
     

  8. I.T. Supplies

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    The Pro-4000 is an aqueous printer, not solvent hybrid. But the inks do dry fast. Solvent is it's own area (eco-solvent/solvent) like Latex is a separate inkset.
    We've been selling Canon's very well and also use them in our office with no issues. What makes you unhappy about their units? The repair process may not be as easy to fix just like Epson and you can't replace an Epson head yourself; as opposed to Canon that offers it and switch within minutes.

    If you have an older model, there may be features that have been updated in the Pro series that make it better and in our opinion, it beats Epson's photo printers out of the water. Quality wise, they are very comparable with most media.
     
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