I have been hearing all the reports about nozzle clogs on the Epson R2880 and thought I dodged the bullet for the past 5 years. My 2880 has been a champ, and never clogged....ever. It would sit idle for a month or so in my off-season (summer), but it prints 200+ images a day during each weekend from October thru March.
I went to print a photo today for a client and ...oh man....the gorgeous blues in the player's uniform came out purple. The shadow colors on their arms and legs made the players look like they had not washed in weeks....like they had dirt on them.
I ran a test and sure enough my Cyan and light black nozzles are clogged. I have new cartridges in them but to no avail. I tried the utility to unclog it, and had little success in anything other than using lots of ink !!
Any suggestions ? Is 5 years of rugged duty considered the useful life of a 2880 ? It has done a great job but I also have my eye on a nice new 3880.
I won't make any judgements on whether a 5 year life span for a prosumer desktop photo printer is acceptable or not, but I will tell you that, if in fact the printhead is failing, it will cost you a lot to replace it. And while the tech has his hands in there he'll probably have to replace the maintenance pad as well. It's probably time to start saving for the 3880.
Ernesto Santos esartprints.comErnesto Santos Photography Get my new e-Book "Churches of Texas"
Yeah...I figured as much. I am going to give it one more try today to unclog this bad-girl and then it's off to my local Epson dealer for my new 3880. This printer really has done it's job....I'd guess it has pumped out nearly 10-15,000 prints of varying size.
HOLY SMOKES !!! I was making "funeral plans" for my printer and now I cannot believe it. I fixed the clog. I actually got it to clear and now I am back in business. This printer won't die !! It's bionic.
I am sure I'll need a new one soon but for the time being this old girl keeps chugging along. Just produced some gorgeous prints on it, and all clogs are now gone.
OK having caused a fuss, now that you have fixed it, how did you get it back in action?
BTW - many posts have suggested soaking a piece of cloth or paper towel with Windex or Simple Green, placing it so it presses against the printer head and letting it dissolve the built-up ink. I have used this technique on my 4900 (several times) and it certainly helped getting the printer back in action.
That is exactly what my local trusted photo dealer told me here in Minnesota. I was going to do just that but thought I'd first buy some cartridges, and give it a run through just one more time with the printer utility cleaning process. Imagine my surprise when the test patterns started coming out looking great !!!
The old girl is good now....and during my "off-season" (summer) I am now for sure printing one photo a day to keep her loosened up. It will be my printer's Ex-Lax