View Full Version : Large format printer 11x17 suggestions?

2004-12-02, 03:54 PM
I am just starting out on my own and the 8x14's are not cutting it. Any suggestions for a 11x17 printer for less then 750 dollars?

I found some ink-jet HP design Jet 30 for $750 or a HP laser 5100 for $1200.00
I would love to stay Laser but will take an ink-jet if that is all I can afford.

I would even go used if there are any available.

2004-12-02, 04:24 PM
A long time ago I had a similar problem.
The at the time the solution was to have the
client pay for all printing at the local repro house.
I simply billed their plots to their account, as
check prints was all I used for my needs.
The clients were happy to do this because I explained that
it would lower their costs for printing.

2004-12-02, 04:27 PM
I just bought a new Canon I9900 inkjet printer for $400. The output is great! It'll print up to a 13" x 19" sheet. The clarity of regular plan type black & white drawings is great, & if you do any renderings, the photo output is spectacular, using photo paper. It'll also print right to the edge of the sheet.

It takes eight inkjet cartridges, & the price on them averages ~ $7.00 each. I've had the printer for a few weeks, & havn't had to replace any yet.

I bought it online. The best price I found was at www.abesofmaine.com (http://www.abesofmaine.com).

(PS: They're located in Brooklyn, NY, not Maine)

2004-12-05, 10:31 PM
I bought an Epson Stylus Photo 1280 which will print on paper up to 13x48 in size. It was about $450, but less w/ a rebate. I would highly recommend this one. The quality is as good as a laser & speed is not so bad. Plus you get photo quality. Epson has always been at the top of my list when it come to inkjets.

2004-12-05, 11:30 PM
I have always had great luck wtih HP. They have some new Large format Ink Jet machines at great prices. Check this one out.


2004-12-06, 01:51 AM
My old office had an HP Laserjet 5000 for several years. It was a workhorse - we kept it very busy printing 11x17's and never really had any trouble that a little maintenance didn't fix. I think reconditioned units can be found fairly reasonably on eBay. Look at you printing costs before you go with an inkjet - laser is generally a lot cheaper.