Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970

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Julsie74 New Member • Posts: 15
Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970

Hi,

Probably a stupid question but.......
I have an Epson XP-760 A4 printer which I've been quite happy with and wish to upgrade to the A3 version, the XP-970.

As they both use the same type of cartridges does anyone know if it is possible to simply change them from the old printer to the new on setup ? If so will "real" ink levels show or is there any risk involved in running dry?

Many thanks for any insights  Jules

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 8,831
Re: Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970
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In the past, there was some interchange possible, I have several printers that will take the 252 cartridge.

See what the actual cartridge # is for each printer. They would have to match exactly. It looks like both printers take 277 cartridges. Can't promise, but it should work. I don't think the chip can "remember" which printer model it was installed on, but don't have experience with the latest models.

https://www.amazon.com/Epson-T277XL120-S-Hi-Definition-Capacity-Cartridge/dp/B009O7KX1G/ref=sr_1_6?

Good luck.

OP Julsie74 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970

Yes, they are definitely the same cartridges, I'm just wondering if they can be interchanged easily without causing any issues

NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,305
Yes, at least in older Epsons

I have an Epson XP-760 A4 printer which I've been quite happy with and wish to upgrade to the A3 version, the XP-970.

As they both use the same type of cartridges does anyone know if it is possible to simply change them from the old printer to the new on setup ? If so will "real" ink levels show or is there any risk involved in running dry?

I think that you should try it, and that it will probably work. I've successfully moved Epson 77 and 78 cartridges between older Epson printers. The ink level seemed to report correctly in the second printer. I'm not aware of any reason that this wouldn't work between two Epson printers using Epson 277 cartridges--but then Epson has locked down some ink functions more in some newer printers, so I can't say for sure.

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OP Julsie74 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Moving Epson cartridges from an XP-760 to an XP-970

Thanks all, I'll let you know how it goes

OP Julsie74 New Member • Posts: 15
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Guys, here is the reply I received from Epson. Looks like it will work, many thanks for your help

Thank you for contacting Epson Customer Service and Support.

You would be able to switch the leftover ink from your XP-760 to your new XP-970, this is not a problem. Once inserted the correct ink levels would be read from the microchip on the inks and the ink should not dry out if you are just switching these straight from one printer to another. However, when you receive the replacement printer you should initialise this with the setup inks provided in the box with the printer since these are mostly used up in the initialisation process, and then once they need replacing then use the inks from the XP-760.

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,305
The issues, then ...

Guys, here is the reply I received from Epson. Looks like it will work, many thanks for your help

You would be able to switch the leftover ink from your XP-760 to your new XP-970, this is not a problem. Once inserted the correct ink levels would be read from the microchip on the inks and the ink should not dry out if you are just switching these straight from one printer to another. However, when you receive the replacement printer you should initialise this with the setup inks provided in the box with the printer since these are mostly used up in the initialisation process, and then once they need replacing then use the inks from the XP-760.

This response raises two points, in addition to confirming the basic one that you should be able to remove a partially-used ink cartridge from an XP-760 and use it in an XP-970:

(1) most printers come with 'setup' cartridges whose presence tells the printer to perform certain initialization functions. In some cases those functions may be very important or essential to perform before printing, e.g., pumping any packing fluid out of the heads and any dampers and priming the printer with actual ink. That's not to say that in all cases, if your first loading of the new printers is with partially-used cartridges from an old one, then there will be a problem. But the more prudent practice appears to be to use setup cartridges for the first use of a new printer.

(2) You can't just remove cartridges from a printer and assume they'll be fine until reinstalled in the same or another printer. They may or may not be. Installing a cartridge typically involves removing and/or puncturing one or more seals. The cartridge may or may not be effectively re-sealable. So the more prudent practice, if you can swing it, it to maintain the old cartridges in your XP-760, use the setup cartridges in the XP-970, and then when a setup cartridge in the XP-970 runs low, remove it and then take the corresponding cartridge out of the XP-760 and put it into the XP-970.

One final note: you probably realize this, but AFAIK the XP-970 uses two cartridges that the XP-760 does not, light cyan and light magenta. So if you're keeping the old XP-760 cartridges as your spares for the XP-970, you might want to buy light cyan and light magenta spares.

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Thanks for your insight i
The XP-760 does also use the light cyan and light magenta, they both use exactly the same 6 colour inks so all should be fine if I follow instructions

NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,305
Ah!
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Thanks for your insight i

You're welcome.

The XP-760 does also use the light cyan and light magenta, they both use exactly the same 6 colour inks so all should be fine if I follow instructions

You are right. I did not realize that there was a printer that low that had six colors of ink--there was the XP-860* that used 6 colors of ink, but I thought that was the lowest one. Upon review, now I suspect that we didn't get the XP-760 in the U.S., and therefore it wasn't on my radar. But I see that the U.K. and elsewhere apparently got it. Neither your post nor your profile said where you are, but "colour" is a giveaway.

*And before that the XP-850, and after that the XP-8500 and now XP-8600, the latter two of which lack the ADF that the XP-850 and XP-860 had.

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 8,831
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I still don't understand.  Why not just keep the other printer active.  This is what I call a false economy.  Your idea makes sense if you had multiples of cartridge #s in inventory for the first printer, as I have done for years with 252 cartridges.

Enjoy the new printer.

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Also, XP-950.

OP Julsie74 New Member • Posts: 15
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Gesture wrote:

I still don't understand. Why not just keep the other printer active. This is what I call a false economy. Your idea makes sense if you had multiples of cartridge #s in inventory for the first printer, as I have done for years with 252 cartridges.

Enjoy the new printer.

I do !

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Good.

NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,305
That series

Also, XP-950.

Yep, there were the XP-950 and XP-960 as predecessors to the XP-970. AFAIK all of them were / are six-color dye-ink all-in-one printers that print up to 11x17 inches / A3-size.

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