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Recommend printers for heavy card stock

by roysimmons / October 7, 2009 4:45 AM PDT

I found a thread from 2006-7, but the one useful looking link was no longer available.

I am trying to print 12 point C1S stock on the uncoated side. The stock is 5.5 x 8.5". Right now it is for relatively small jobs and I have one I can't get done.

Previously I have used the Epson Stylus C86 which isn't supposed to print on that heavy of stock, but did - even with the occasional misfeed. They don't make the C86 anymore and the replacement, Workforce 40, won't feed a thing in the card stock line - even if I give it a push.

Any suggestions would greatly appreciated.!!


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I use a Canon
by makoti / October 9, 2009 9:28 AM PDT

I'm not sure what weight the cardstock I use is, but I got one of the Canon Pixma printers and it works great with cardstock. I feed from the back tray, and the images look great. I use it to make CD covers, and they are a good deal heavier than "normal" cd covers (which are usually done on glossy paper). Not at home so I can't check the weight, sorry.

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Roller wear
by rje49 / October 9, 2009 9:47 AM PDT

An factor to consider if you run a lot of heavy card stock would be more wear on feed & drive rollers. The first problem sign would be getting regular copier paper to go through properly.

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priting thicker papers
by zepper / October 12, 2009 6:23 AM PDT

I have printed thick stock on my HP k5400 and on my older Canon iP models. It should work better on printers that have a straight through paper path (e.g. from the bin on the older Canon iP models). The HPs generally have U shaped paper paths which is not really well suited for thick stock, but the k5400 does have a special setting for thick stock in its driver setup though their specs claim only 11.8 mils (points) as max. IIRC, my older Canons also had a driver setting for thick stock. I'm not sure whether I've tried thicker than 11 mils though.
. I'd also consider potential wear on the mechanical components, so I'd put the paper through, wide side so the components get worn as evenly as possible or perhaps print a couple of copies on wide paper if they'll fit so as not to put uneven wear on the mechanicals.
. Get the straight scoop from the mfr's help line before buying anything, just to be safe have them verify compatibility via email for proof.


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Thank you all!
by roysimmons / October 13, 2009 1:20 AM PDT

I really appreciate everyone taking the time to give me their experience and suggestions. I will take it all into account as we make our decision.

Thanks again!!

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You need an Intec printer
by intecprinters / August 18, 2011 12:12 AM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 18, 2011 10:24 AM PDT

For a moment I thought that was Initech. Too close in my book. Maybe they need to change the name?

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