Suggestions for a home/office plotter (large format printer)?

9 posts / 0 new
Last post
cbe
cbe's picture
Suggestions for a home/office plotter (large format printer)?

I usually provide the printed plans as part of my package, and I currently live 2 blocks from a print shop.  I am spoiled b/c they usually print any project I send them in under 30 minutes.  In about 6 months I'll be moving out of the city to a much more rural area.  I think the closest print shop will be about 20 miles from me.  So I am going to be looking for a decent plotter to print my own plans.  Does anyone have a suggestion for one?  I don't anticipate needing color, but I will entertain the idea if it is worth it.

I currently have a HP DesignJet 600 (36" roll).  It is old and slow and the quality is pretty bad.  I don't think this old dog is going to make the move with me.  It does serve its purpose of just allowing me print plans to review prior to having them professionally printed.

Ftr, I don't need anything larger than 24x36.

- Cory

Dennis Asher
Dennis Asher's picture
Hi Cory, I have an HP

Hi Cory, I have an HP Designjet 111.  It is a roll feed plotter.  The widest roll it will take is 24"  The fan is kind of loud so I only turn the plotter on when I need to print.  I think you can get this plotter for under $1000.00.  A roll of paper is around $15.00 and will plot 50 Arch "D" sheets.

cbe
cbe's picture
Dennis - 

Dennis - 

Thanks for the info.  Have you had the DesignJet 111 for long?  This unit is in my price range.  I just want something that will hold up if I print a lot. 

 

 Also, how long does it take to print?  The one I have is so old it takes about 10 minutes to begin printing the first page and then about one minute per page after.  

Dennis Asher
Dennis Asher's picture
I have had it for about a

I have had it for about a year or so.  It starts printing in less than a minute.  I have never timed it but I would guess it is about 3 minutes per page to print Arch 'D'.  I only print check sets and submittal sets for the building department.  I have printed around 1000 sheets and have had no problems at all.  The only negative I have is the fan is a little loud so I only turn it on when I am going to print.  I have heard that leaving it turned on will extend the life of the printer heads but I am still using the original printer heads that came with the plotter.  Good Luck!!

jimcrook@live.com
jimcrook@live.com's picture
HP 110 Plus

I have had an HP 110 Plus which is likely the same as the HP 111 that another member menitoned above.  I have used mine for 6-1/2 years with no issues. 

I have printed many, many pages and replaced the print heads once but more because I thought it was time than anything else.  I also purchased the roll feed attachment as that is the only way to go.  For printing 18 x 24 or 24 x 36 it is great.   I'm sure you could get better quality on other printers if you spent significantly more money, but for this price it's right on.  I do agree that the fan is a little loud but i have mine setup in my basement away from my office space.  For the money it's a great printer.   I agree on the speed, I often plot 4 pages at a time and it usually takes around 10-12minutes to do 4 - 24 x 36.

 

JimC

cbe
cbe's picture
Dennis & Jim - 

Dennis & Jim - 

Thanks again.  I will give those a good look.  The fan shouldn't be an issue.  Currently, I only turn my plotter on when I use it.  

cbe
cbe's picture
I'm bumping this thread.  I

I'm bumping this thread.  I am about to make a purchase and was hoping maybe some of the new guys around here might have some input.  The leading candidates at this time are:

 

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF610

 

HP Designjet T520

 

​The HP's that Dennis & Jim mentioned above are no longer available.

Tom Sams
Tom Sams's picture
New Plotter

Good Mornig All,

I have recenly purchased a HP DesignJet T120.  It is in the $1,000 range and so far so good.  It prints both color and B&W,  has a 24" roll attachment, seems to be fairly quiet and prints an Arch D in about 2 minutes.  It has an automatic shut down feature, which can be a pain, but as most of us probably do, I do most of my printing all at the same time, so the re-start learning curve wasn't too intense.

 

Tom

ChrisStewart
ChrisStewart's picture
I have a HP500 that I got off

I have a HP500 that I got off of Ebay that works well.