Are you thinking about buying a printer? Want to do those 13x19 posters? T-Shirt Transfers? Are you a member of T-Shirt forums? Did anyone there recommend a printer to you? You need to be aware of Epson's more recent printers.
I've updated this post with some important information. A lot of these printers have had reports of fatal clogging. At first I thought it was limited to their Precisioncore equipped printers, but it seems to extend to a wide range of their units, even those without Precisioncore.
The problem exists within the print heads. There are super fine metal mesh filters. Most printers have these filters, but the ones in the more recent machines are a lot finer. Rather than just catch dust, they also trap pigments in the ink, leading to clogs more often and a lot harder.
Modern printers include all the WF-3000, 4000, 7000, and ecoTank series. How far back this goes is not easy to pinpoint, so other printers may be at risk, such as the 2000 series. The 7010 is also high risk.
Models that I know that DON'T (or shouldn't) contain these "super fine" filters are the Stylus, XP and Artisan printers (they contain a "less fine" filter)
So what kind of clogs are we looking at?
Regular Clogs are when the pigments coagulate and slowly deposit in the spaces "between" the mesh weave of less fine filters, blocking ink flow to the nozzles. They can easily be flushed and cleaned.
Fatal Clogs are when the pigments pile up and smear like silly putty against the fine weave of these newer filters and block the passage of the ink to the nozzles. These clogs cannot be flushed.
I would like to suggest the Artisan 1430 since it is identical to the last good printer Epson has ever made, the WF-1100. It does not contain the finer filter, it prints 13x19, can do DVD labels and is wireless.
The reason I love the WF-1100 so much is because it printed images so crisp and smooth, better than anything my 7620 was able to produce. I had it connected to a CIS using Cobra Inks and it was the perfect setup. When it did clog, it was easily flushed out (and clogs weren't common anyway). I don't have it anymore since the cat peed on it and destroyed it. (currently attempting to buy another).
The WF-1100 goes for about $70 - 200 used (I personally wouldn't pay more than $100 + shipping). NIB has been floating around for $700, a total rip off. NIB should max out at $200 and nothing more.
The Artisan 1430 brand new is $300, expensive but definitely worth it. If you do 3rd party ink like Cobra, you'll pay only $10 more for a 6-pack (4 oz) vs 4-pack. Not bad really..
My past experience if you care...
When I got my 7620, it printed a few posters and pages, then suddenly stopped producing yellow. I cracked open the print head to have a look and found what looked like chewed up yellow gum lodged in there.
Bought a new 7610 to replace it, ended up dying the same way in a few months of regular use (using a CIS). I tried using 3rd party filters to thin out the ink, but in the end it still ended up clogging.
Got a 3640 on sale (new) and used Epson's own Durabrite ink (no CIS this time). It died of the fatal clog.
I would love it if Epson made a 7620 second edition, which contained the print head of the 1100. This would make me so happy as it would be the BEST printer in the world to me. Are you listening Epson??? Please do this!
The 7620 is an awesome printer because it has a massive scanner and other cool features, but sucks because the print head produces grainy images and clogs easily. FIX THIS NOW!
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