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10-22-2010 07:44 AM - edited 10-22-2010 07:54 AM
My current wide format printer suffers from frequent pen clogs. I am sure I am putting more ink in the waste reservoir during cleaning cycles than goes on paper. I no longer print frequently enough to keep the ink from drying in the pens. I'm considering purchasing the HP 130r as a replacement. How is it as far as pen clogging goes? Can you go a week without printing without the pens clogging? One advantage of the 130 is that the pens are user replaceable, but that could get very expensive if it has to be done frequently. Can the pens (jets) be cleaned by removing them and wiping the surface with an alcohol swab?
10-25-2010 03:46 AM
yes you can clean the pen itself by wiping it with a cotton and lightly moisten it with a distilled water. NEVER use an alcohol because it would definitely corrode the contacts on the pen.
If you would ask me... HP130r is indeed the best replacement of the HP 130 because the 130r is the upgraded version of the 130.
10-25-2010 07:54 AM
Thanks for the reply and heads up on alcohol vs. water. I haven't purchased the 130r yet. The reason I am replacing my Epson 4000 is that the pens are constantly clogging and there is no way to clean them other than flushing them with relatively large volumes of ink. I'm spending a fortune on ink cartridges and a lot of that ink (perhaps most) is going in the waste tank. Unlike the 130, there is no way to access the pens directly without disassembling the head assembly. I asked the question about the 130 to make sure I wasn't replacing one problem with another. In addition, from what I've read, the 130 is relatively clog free.