How bad is Epson 4900/7900 clogging?

Started Mar 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 5,915
Starting to understand Epson 4900/7900 clogging?

dbbarron wrote:

If more than 1 week goes by between prints I have clearable clogs. The more time, the more clogs.


It appears that these really are printers mainly for continuous use, while my 3880 is a better low- volume printer. This may be why a friend in professional graphic production background loves the 9900 she uses in her production environment, while others have a terrible time with ink clogs.

Obviously, printers that will take ink tanks with nearly a quart of ink are really meant for a high level of use. While one exhaustively detailed report (a video, if memory serves) outlines possible design flaws with such items as tiny nozzle wipers, it seems that the Epson printhead assemblies have few problems in such environments, as the larger size and the heavy weight and build of the 4900 and 7900 tens to indicate.

I can well remember Epson's apparent reluctance to produce their x900 new inkset and head design for a 17" model. Clogging in printheads really designed for constant use when they are intermittently used in studio or even home environment may well have been a consideration. Of course Epson should be more up-front about such things, but after all the outstanding customer support I've received from them - and all the excellent prints my 3880 has helped me produce - I find it hard to blame them too much.

For now, looking for a roll-feed (though preferably also vaccum-fed) preferably 24" printer for a home studio, the Canon 24" printers do seem the way to go.  But a 24" version of the 3880 would be an attractive option indeed.

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