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Pali K
26-Aug-2017, 12:45
I have an opportunity to pickup an Epson Stylus Pro 9600 printer in good working condition and wanted to get some feedback on these.

I will be using it for occasional printing and can't imagine printing more than 2-3 prints a month and probably no bigger than 20x24.

Would love to know if these are reliable units and how much do you think it's worth it it works and has about 50% ink remaining.

Regards,

Pali

J. Fada
26-Aug-2017, 13:08
If you only do two or three prints a month it will be a nightmare of clogged heads and wasted ink. You would be far better off spending your money getting the prints made for you.

Bruce Watson
26-Aug-2017, 13:45
If you only do two or three prints a month it will be a nightmare of clogged heads and wasted ink. You would be far better off spending your money getting the prints made for you.

Yep. This.

interneg
26-Aug-2017, 15:44
Actually, the x600 printers are pretty easy to unclog - I recently resurrected two 7600s that had been idle for several years in about a couple of hours. They're not complicated machines compared to later Epsons & generally better made. That said, unless you want to run K7 piezography via QTR (or similar) on matte papers or work out a solution to let you run newer than K2 inksets (realistically via a fairly expensive RIP), I'd suggest not going for it unless the price is really low (or they'll pay you to take it away!). If it matches what you need, go for it!

Pali K
26-Aug-2017, 21:45
Thank you everyone for the feedback. I have decided to pass on the printer.

Pali

Pali K
4-Sep-2017, 08:58
The seller made me an offer I could not refuse. He offered to give me 6 rolls of mixed paper which I would say are worth about $300 alone. I got the printer, with rolls of paper for less than $200 and in return, I offered him drum scans if he needs them in the future.

Anyways, I got the printer setup and it's making amazing prints. However, two bars in the light magenta are clogged but worked intermittently. I did some windex cleaning after watching youtube videos and the printer is coming back to life. I am not 100% sure if this was a good decision but I can already make amazing BW prints for what is practically free so I won't complain much.

Will keep you posted! Any tips on maintenance and regular use you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

Pali

Pali K
4-Sep-2017, 14:09
Looks like all but one line on the printer head is back to life now. Made some test prints and I can't even tell that there is an issue with the head. I do see banding in low res (300DPI prints) but not in high resolution ones.

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170904_144722.jpg

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170904_145333.jpg

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170903_235948.jpg

I have a few questions for someone with more experience with these printers.


What is Super X microweave and should I be using it?
I got a "backprint film" roll that I believe is for printing transparencies. Does anyone know what's the best way to print on these? It has a dull-paper side and a glossy polyfilm side. I would love to print some of my velvia scans to see how it turns up but don't want to try to mess things up.
How do I print in 2400 DPI? The scanner seems to only offer 720 and 1440 in the paper settings under the driver.
Would love to hear what settings are recommended for ideal quality and ink consumption. Posting my test settings below.


http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/Epson9600 Settings.jpg

I am really impressed with the printer. Seems to be in fine condition even after years of use.

Pali

Jim Becia
4-Sep-2017, 16:53
I have an opportunity to pickup an Epson Stylus Pro 9600 printer in good working condition and wanted to get some feedback on these.

I will be using it for occasional printing and can't imagine printing more than 2-3 prints a month and probably no bigger than 20x24.

Would love to know if these are reliable units and how much do you think it's worth it it works and has about 50% ink remaining.

Regards,

Pali

Pali,

I'm late to this thread, but my 9600 has been going strong for 15 plus years. I've put over 200 ink cartridges through it and calculated that I have run 336,330 running inches, or 28,000 feet through the printer so it has paid for itself many times over. A piece of advice, run a humidifier in the same room, it really helps keeping the heads from clogging. I've shut the printer down for several weeks while traveling and upon return, I'll run the humidifier for a couple days before turning it back on. Seems to help a lot. I've had routine service done a few times over the years. I'm probably looking at replacing within the next year only because one part needs replacing and parts are no longer made. I did pick up a used 7600 for the replacement part, hopefully so that will work temporarily. Good luck, I think it's a great printer.

How much ink and paper have been put through the printer, that can have a major effect on how long the printer will run. Has it ever been serviced? Like I said, mine has been a workhorse.

Jim Becia
4-Sep-2017, 17:02
Pali,

You can only print at 2880 with luster type papers using the photo black inks, I believe. Mat papers are limited to 1440 if I'm not mistaken. Seeing that I'm set up for luster/glossy papers, I know that 2880 is available to me. I also generally leave the SuperX checked on under microweave. Have you tried the power cleaning feature of the printer? That might help clear the remaining head clogs.

Pali K
8-Sep-2017, 17:22
Jim, you are absolutely correct that I cannot print in 2880 with Matt inks. Just caught up on the manual for it and it talks about different media setting available under each black ink types. I currently have Matt installed and apparently changing it wastes quite a bit of ink. I think it must flush everything in the long tube that carry the ink when you change the settings.

I can ask the seller about it's history and load that it was used under. All I know is that it has never given the previous owner any problems and they did it to replace it with a new unit. Ill be sure to keep it near a humidifier.

The printer is a joy to use and I now have everything unclogged. I made a 40 inch wide test print and can't believe that I have this beast sitting in my house :)

Thanks again for the information.

Pali

sanking
8-Sep-2017, 20:58
I can ask the seller about it's history and load that it was used under. All I know is that it has never given the previous owner any problems and they did it to replace it with a new unit. Ill be sure to keep it near a humidifier.
......

Pali

You can check history of use, as well as the current status of the components of the printer, from the control panel.

Go Menu>Printer Status, and from there check the status of such things as Usage Count, Job History, Total Pages, etc.

Sandy

Pali K
9-Sep-2017, 19:50
Thank you Sandy. Here is the info on the printer.

Usage Count: 12632.5 cm
Total Prints: 2799 PG
CR Motor: E***__F
PF Motor: E****_F
Cutter: E*****F
Head Unit: E*****F
Cleaning Unit: E***__F

Looks like this printer has seen good use in it's life. I don't know what to make of the end of life on Head Unit because I can't see anything wrong with the prints.

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170909_223547.jpg

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170909_223327.jpg

http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Epson9600/20170909_223128.jpg

Pali

bob carnie
10-Sep-2017, 07:03
Pali,

I'm late to this thread, but my 9600 has been going strong for 15 plus years. I've put over 200 ink cartridges through it and calculated that I have run 336,330 running inches, or 28,000 feet through the printer so it has paid for itself many times over. A piece of advice, run a humidifier in the same room, it really helps keeping the heads from clogging. I've shut the printer down for several weeks while traveling and upon return, I'll run the humidifier for a couple days before turning it back on. Seems to help a lot. I've had routine service done a few times over the years. I'm probably looking at replacing within the next year only because one part needs replacing and parts are no longer made. I did pick up a used 7600 for the replacement part, hopefully so that will work temporarily. Good luck, I think it's a great printer.

How much ink and paper have been put through the printer, that can have a major effect on how long the printer will run. Has it ever been serviced? Like I said, mine has been a workhorse.


Jim hits it on the head... Running a humidifier near a inkjet machine is a really , really , really good idea. These machines like to be run as Jim points out and if you are not producing a lot of work they could be frustrating.

I use a Canon 9400 and we run quite a few prints through it... Just last week I had 6 of the 12 ink cartridges go low and $1400 later back in operation... I am not sure about long term storage and using it once in awhile, the lines may clog up and create a nightmare for a casual user.

Most of the top labs worldwide have a Bulk printing service (as do I) where the person who wants to manage their printing can control every aspect and pay only as they go and not worry about maintaining a machine.. In Jim's case he is really making top usage of his machine, thats a lot of prints over the years when you calculate that he is probably paying about a buck and half per foot for ink and paper.. I am impressed Jim. Where the hell do you store all your prints, I hope you are selling a lot of them.

IMHO the two top of the line machines from either Canon or Epson are killer machines and these 12 ink sets are really quite beautiful.. I am considering to downsize to a 44 inch Epson next, as there seems to be more support in my neighbourhood for Epson products.. I will have no hesitation going with a different machine as they both lay down the ink equally well.

sanking
11-Sep-2017, 12:40
Thank you Sandy. Here is the info on the printer.

Usage Count: 12632.5 cm
Total Prints: 2799 PG
CR Motor: E***__F
PF Motor: E****_F
Cutter: E*****F
Head Unit: E*****F
Cleaning Unit: E***__F

Pali


Just to clarify, each * between E and F represents 20% remaining of expected life. So all measured components of your printer are at least 60% remaining.

Main problem you can anticipate is nozzle clogging so be sure to follow advice and keep plenty of humidity in your room. Some people recommend a moisture pocket (sponge) placed inside the printer near the head. And of course, run a cleaning cycle at least once a week when the printer is not being used.

Also, I believe that you can make better B&W prints with the 9600 using QTR than with the Epson driver. The Ultrachrome ink set in the 760/9600 only has two B&W inks and QTR does a better job of blending them than the Epson driver.

Sandy