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Epson R200 [Jul. 27th, 2011|08:49 am]
Mark Rimmell
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I recently got myself an ebay replacement for my printer. The exact same make and model was required as I have an add-on external tank of ink that is frankly the best computer peripheral peripheral ever. I estimate my ink running costs at around £6 for ink a year.

Anyway the old printer had to be retired due to slightly overenthusiastic percussive maintenance by me. Epson have also retired this model (possibly due to it not using enough ink for their liking) so off to ebay I went. Got one for £10.50 and it promtly arrived. I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on an ebay machine, especially when it arrived in a box that had obviously contained its new replacement. I figured the seller having given-up on the old one for some reason other than aesthetics. 

I set up the machine and soon discovered why the previous owner had got rid of it. It had serious paper handling issues. It couldn't grab a sheet of paper from the tray. However.... once I cleaned the pile of dust out of the tray I had it working just fine. Ran a couple of cleaning cycles and adjusted the print head alignment and it's all working really well..

All I need to do now is pull the waste ink tube out of the back and plug that into a second external tank and I'm back in business. I know you shouldn't really have to do all these modifications to a printer to get it to work economically but I do like the feeling of getting one over on Epson. I've suspect they'll be looking to design printers now so it's harder or impossible to add external tanks. The blotting pad and ink-dump counter is designed to give a finite life span to the printer and the chipped cartridges were an attempt to tie the consumer into buying the official (ludicrously expensive) cartridges. £60 for an official set is just bonkers! If I went down that road my running cost per year would be at least £180... probably nearer to £240.

I'll keep my old one for spares and may even get a few more from ebay as they are going to get harder to find in future. Looking forward to the time when I have a workshop and I'll be stripping down an Epson R200 to fit my own design of tank inside (riveted brass I think) strip off all the plastic and replace with mahogany and brass. Copper tubes for the waste ink.

[User Picture]From: chimera_s
2011-07-29 12:21 am (UTC)
Definitely think getting a couple of dead ones for spares is the way to go. Whilst you've cut them out of the consumables side, spares are where you're vunerable (unless you want to reverse engineer everything).
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2011-07-29 03:20 pm (UTC)
I could have given you my old one, which went to the council tip. It was expensive when I bought it, around £250, I think, and got through those £60 sets of ink cartridges in no time. I think that it drained most of them during its constant 'cleaning cycles' as I hardly actually printed anything on it. When I did print, often it came out striped as the nozzles were clogged (I only used genuine Epson ink too), or it would just refuse to print at all, for no discernable reason. It also shook violently from side to side when printing and wasn't exactly quiet either.

I hated it, so it was dumped at the council tip and replaced with a much cheaper Canon, which I think is a far superior printer in every way. Funnily enough, I had a previous Epson inkjet in the 90's that had exactly the same problems, so I assumed that they're all like that. I'm cetainly never buying another Epson again.

OK, rant over.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2011-07-29 04:02 pm (UTC)
The only reason I'm sticking with this model of Epson is I've tinkered them into working the way I want them to work. Wouldn't recommend them if you want an easy life. I just wish there was a good printer out there that you could get to fill with bottled ink as it comes without having to modify it, and it didn't need all those cleaning cycles.

I'm told one of the head clogging problems comes from using cheap paper. How true this is I don't know. I have my doubts, and suspect it's another way of getting people to buy the branded paper.
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