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Reliable Laser jet printer with envelope feed

by Mistyso / January 7, 2010 1:50 PM PST

Anyone can recommend a good laster jet printer with envelope feed, with budget around $2,000-$3,000? For our business, we usually print 3,000 envelopes every quarter and about 500 text pages a month with heavy paper (32 lbs, both letterhead and envelopes). We find the $300-$500 printers just don't work for us. We are looking for a reliable printer with lifespan like 5-6 years. Any help will be highly appreciated.

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Let's talk about that life span.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 11:00 PM PST

To hit that number of years the unit will need service on a regular basis. This is a mechanical device and just like your car to hit that many years it will need servicing to fix it when needed.

This is why most shops will just use some sub 500 buck laser printer and replace it every few years.

To reword this I think people are confusing LIFE SPAN with "Time till it needs service."
Bob

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Reliable Laser jet printer wtih envelope feed
by Mistyso / January 7, 2010 11:24 PM PST

No, I mean lifespan of 5 years, with assumption that regular maintenance being performed.

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Then.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 11:39 PM PST

The usual names make such things. We have laserjets over 5 years old but these are not the cheapest models but models like the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_LaserJet_4000_series

Bear in mind that no one will give you a five year warranty and we found that moving to simpler models was just as cheap as we didn't service those but replaced them every few years.
Bob

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May I suggest...
by Willy / January 7, 2010 11:56 PM PST

Besides the usual HP, checkout Minolta and Okidata printers. At the cost you've offered, a commerical or serious contender can be had. On top of Robert's good advice that should do it.

Further, since this is a business printer, checkout "leasing" and let them fix it under the service contract, etc.. Visit or have them come and offer what they have, thus become informed on your needs, etc.. and if not them, another service -OR- buy directly from what you summized. I can only further add, don't treat this/these printers as printing presses, you'll be happy with services they provide to last longer. If possible delgate printers to needs and not allow whatever is avilable or (popular) become the workhorse, it will falter or die quickly due to over-use.

tada -----Willy Happy

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