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Which printer brand clogs least?

James McMullen , Dec 19, 2003; 03:32 p.m.

I know there are a lot of Epson users in this forum, but my Epson seems to have clogged heads all the time.

Is this a problem mainly with Epsons? Or do all the inkjet printers clog up like this. I'd be interested in hearing from Canon and HP photo printer users.

(Notes: I'm a home user, using an older Epson Stylus Photo 780 with Epson inks and Epson paper. I print batches of photos a couple of times a month. I know my lack of constant use has something to do with the clogs, but that's why this is an issue for me.)



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P. Neil Ralley , Dec 19, 2003; 03:47 p.m.

Jim, The newer Epsons are less prone to this problem provided that you switch them off when not in use. We have an 820 which gets sporadic use and does not clog. I am sure that other recent models are also OK.

.[. Z , Dec 19, 2003; 03:50 p.m.

Epsons still seem to clog more than other top brand printers.

All printers will clog more often when not used daily.

All printers will clog more often in dry environments. In the winter, humidity levels can drop to as low as 5% -- drier than many deserts -- and definitely benefit from having a humidifier run 24 hours/day where the printer is situated.

Dave Cheng , Dec 19, 2003; 04:02 p.m.

As long as Epson continues to use piezo printhead it will be more likely to clog than thermo bubble jet printhead. Thermo bubble jet printhead produces ink droplet by heating the ink which produces much greater force to push the ink droplet out of the nozzle toward the paper. Piezo printhead on the other hand produces ink droplet by electrostatic force which is much smaller. As a result the head is more likely to clog. Just imagine that if the ink is partially dried and becomes heavier. It becomes too heavy to be forced out of the nozzle by the electrostatic force. The consequence is head clogging.

Jeremy K , Dec 19, 2003; 05:01 p.m.

I have 2 clogged Epson Stylus printers that are now useless. I have an HP that gets used very sporadically, and I've never had a problem. All were used with manufacturer brand inks.

Phil V. , Dec 19, 2003; 05:26 p.m.

My previous 2 inkjet printers were Epsons and they both gave me fits with their tendency to clog-up (and I never used anything other than Epson inks)! One of them, a Stylus 800 clogged up so badly, nothing I tried (including the infamous Windex method) would unclog it. So I finally decided to go with Canon (an i950) and I have not had any problems whatsoever in the 6 months I've owned it.

Jon Austin , Dec 19, 2003; 07:16 p.m.

Ditto Phil V.

I've had zero head clogging and have run zero cleaning cycles on my Canon S9000 (1-1/2 years) and i950 (six months). Both are used sporadically (can go weeks at a time between uses; absolutely no problems.

Michael Erlich , Dec 19, 2003; 07:50 p.m.

I replaced my Epson 820 with a Canon i9100 and have no clogging problems yet, two months with 2-3 times per week usage. The Epson 820 where I work gets daily use and still clogs frequently.

Tom Halfhill , Dec 19, 2003; 08:15 p.m.

I have owned, I think, five Epson inkjet printers and they all clogged. I went through so many Epson printers that I can't remember now if there were four or five. Each printer was a replacement for a previous Epson printer that clogged. Some were replaced under warranty. I never used anything but Epson inks.

I've had an HP 5550 for nearly 16 months. So far it hasn't clogged and I have never needed to run a cleaning cycle. It gets such light use that I haven't replaced any ink cartridges yet. Sometimes, after a few weeks of no use, it will automatically print a test page when I turn it on or swap the photo-ink cartridge. This is annoying if I have already inserted a sheet of photo-quality paper, so now I make sure the printer is loaded with plain paper if I think it's going to automatically print a test page after weeks of idle time.

I have never owned a Canon-branded printer, although years ago I had a couple of Apple-branded inkjet printers (StyleWriter and StyleWriter II) that I think were made by Canon. They never clogged.

The only Epson printer I've owned that never clogged was an MX-80 purchased in 1981. But it was a dot-matrix printer, so it used ribbons instead of inkjets.

Just my two cents...

Quang-Tuan Luong , Dec 19, 2003; 08:47 p.m.

I've an Epson 1200, and it's been a continous frustrating struggle against clogging. With the time spent on declogging it, I could have easily bought another printer.

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