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An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 12, 2006 06:19PM
My dad, who died in August of 2001, had an Epson 740, just like mine. When I read of the class action payouts, I asked my mom to bring it to me so I could get all the numbers and file the paperwork to get the rebate. He bought his when he bought his Indigo iMac, back in 2000. I had disconnected the printer shortly after he died because mom never uses a printer. Mom only uses the indigo iMac to play Eric's Solitaire. After I had gotten all the numbers off the back, I decided to see if the old 740 would still print after sitting idle for almost five years. I thought sure that the ink would have dried up and I would have to run multiple head cleanings with a new cart to get any print at all.

I connected it to my old clamshell because I can run the utilities from OS9, and picked out an old Appleworks doc to print. I didn't run the printhead cleaning utility even once, I swear. I selected black instead of color and it printed out like a new printer. I could not believe the quality. No clogs, no skips, just perfect. Then, I tried the color and all I got was black with a couple of lines of red. I assume the color cart has dried up or is empty. I have no idea how much ink was in there when dad died. I thought the black would have dried up too, but I was wrong.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this because I guess this is one Epson that doesn't suffer from the clogging printhead syndrome, at least on the black. I don't know if the cart is a genuine Epson or not, I don't want to take it out yet, since it is printing, but I suspect it is. I just thought this was neat and that I would share. Now hopefully we will get the class action settlement in August. grinning smiley





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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: MysteryGuest
Date: June 12, 2006 06:27PM
Well, wow. I have a friend, a photographer, who swears the 740 was the best printer Epson ever made. After this, I'll pay more attention to him.
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: microchip13
Date: June 12, 2006 06:43PM
Wow. Impressive.

My 820 had fantastic print quality. However, I got soo frustrated with it since the ink kept drying up, and not printing right.

So, then I bought an HP, not much better, much to my dislike.



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Our PSC500 from the 90's is still chugging and printing just fine.



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 12, 2006 06:44PM
I still use one I picked up on craigslist for $25 with 2 spare carts back in 2003. I only replaced my 850 because it didn't have USB or OS X drivers (at the time)

It will eat any generic or refilled cart i put in it.
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: June 12, 2006 06:51PM
Perhaps that bodes well for the 900 that has been sitting in the garage now for
3.5 years.

That one is the same as the 740 - but faster, and was a favorite of many at the time as a real heavy hitter for the $$.
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: June 12, 2006 06:54PM
It's practically N E W . . . why wouldn't it print properly?????????????????

Probably still on it's first cartridge . . .

Mine worked great right out of the box, too . . .

OK, yes, it is surprising . . .

grinning smiley



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: June 12, 2006 06:58PM
My 1998 ultra expensive Epson 1520 dried up over the course of 6 months when I busy remodeling the house. I tried everything to get it unplugged to no avail.

I vowed never to buy an Epson again.



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 12, 2006 07:00PM
WHiiP, that would be 5 year old ink, not just an essentially new, hardly used printer. That and the fact that the heads had 5 year old obviously dry ink on/in them........

So statisticaly, this printer makes up for 50 crappy Epson ones.
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: June 12, 2006 07:40PM
Quote
Racer X
WHiiP, that would be 5 year old ink, not just an essentially new, hardly used printer. That and the fact that the heads had 5 year old obviously dry ink on/in them........

So statisticaly, this printer makes up for 50 crappy Epson ones.


duh . . . ! ! ! !

what do you think the grinning smiley was for??????????????



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 12, 2006 07:51PM
my bad. I was day dreaming of some pie. Everyone likes pie, right?
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: davester
Date: June 12, 2006 07:58PM
I've had good luck with the Epson 740s. However, my Epson 900, Epson C80 and Epson C42UX all clogged in no time flat. I won't buy another one and will gladly put my upcoming rebates towards a nice quality scanner, not a printer.



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: June 12, 2006 08:04PM
I think the sticky can be an art form if it includes some art.....



(just thought I'd throw that in.)
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Carm
Date: June 12, 2006 08:04PM
We had two. On one used OEM and the other we used generics.
Guess which one clogged. The OEM cart printer is still running.

Carm
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: MysteryGuest
Date: June 12, 2006 08:57PM
Maybe what we need is an online petition: Epson, please fix your printers.

Of course voting with your wallet is most effective. But, when you buy Epson after Epson while bitching and moaning (okay, me too) your credibility is zero.

The problem is that I just can't get used to HP and Canon print quality.(The HPs are deliciously quiet though.)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/12/2006 08:58PM by MysteryGuest.
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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 12, 2006 09:02PM
I have a 740 that crapped out a while back. Nothing I did could revive it. I also have an 820 that is still kicking. Print quality is shaky, but overall it works fine. I decided to spend the money and get an HP Laserjet because I realized that I was spending the same amount of money on ink and printers over 2 years as the cost of the Laserjet. I'm still on the same toner cartridge and it always works. I always cringed when I had to print something on the Epson because I never knew if it was going to work or not.



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: June 12, 2006 09:22PM
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Jimmypoo
I think the sticky can be an art form if it includes some art.....



(just thought I'd throw that in.)

W H O rattled your cage?

The sticky from Gene L included "artwork" and got derided into oblivion . . .

What more can you offer . . . ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

grinning smiley



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Re: An Epson 740 that didn't clog-after 5 years on the shelf
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: June 12, 2006 11:45PM
I'm on my second 740, my first 740 started dragging the head across the paper I
guess from bushing wear, it was used a lot. My second one that I picked up for
almost nothing at a yard sale has been great. I never use OEM ink either. I go
through about 2 six-packs of ink per year from ink4art. If it blew up tomorrow I'd
probably try to find another one.



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