icarusi

asked Feb 22, 2005 at 4:50pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 600

How long between printing? (Stylus 600)

I just 'fixed' my Epson Stylus 600, before I found this forum, so I didn't do it as per the Epson manual. I dismantled the steel rod from the right side side of the machine, flipped over the print mech, and applied Fostex tape head cleaner (AFAIK it's isopropynol) let a it soak and cleaned the surface with a cotton bud. After a few applications and tests it seems to have done the job.

Unfortunately I do very little printing now (often years apart) so it will likely clog before I next require it. My question is what's the maximum period an Epson (Stylus 600) inkjet can be left between printing, but still expect it to print (with say a couple of head cleaning cycles to achieve all nozzles clear?

I'm in north UK, temperate but not particularly dry or humid climate conditions.
icarusi: I'm sorry, but there is no set period of time, before clogging will occur, or even possible damage will occur. On the older Epson Ink Jet Printers, such as your 600, I normally tell people they should run a nozzle test every couple of weeks. That flushes out the old ink in the nozzles and primes them with fresh ink. Generally speaking, minor clogging usually starts to occur after a month or so. After 6 months, those minor clogs will usually turn into more serious clogs and its possible some actual damage could occur, especially if you are using Non-Epson Inks & Ink Cartridges in your printer. After one year, you may not be able to get those clogs out, even using the actual "Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution". If you "do very little printing (often years apart}", then you are better off simply buying a new inexpensive and disposable printer, when you need one. Basically, any printer under $100 is considered a disposable printer, in the Printer Industry. Other than that, you would have to completely flush-out/clean-out the printheads, with the actual "Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution", everytime you are going to store your printer. You would have to completely flush-out all the ink in the printheads, as well as from the tiny hoses in the Cleaning Station Assembly and the Pumping Mechanism, or that ink residue would dry out and clog. Then you would have to store the printer without any ink cartridges installed. Once you decided to use your printer, you would have to install brand new-Epson Ink Cartridges, as the old ones cannot be reused. Even then, its quite possible that your printer could still have some printing problems, just because they are not designed to set unused for any long period of time. To be honest, you would be better off buying a HP Ink Jet Printer. Because everytime you replace the ink cartridges, you are also installing a new printhead assembly. That would basically eliminate the printhead clogging problem, but the old ink inside the printers cleaning station assembly, would still dry out, so that area would have to be cleaned, prior to storage for long periods of time...Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Feb 23, 2005 at 3:37pm Add comment
Denny Conway wrote:-

"If you "do very little printing (often years apart}", then you are better off simply buying a new inexpensive and disposable printer, when you need one. Basically, any printer under $100 is considered a disposable printer, in the Printer Industry."

I was considering buying a colour laser with current price drops, but I'm trying to avoid buying any more 'stuff' than I actually need, so when I succeeded with the Stylus 600 I thought I might manage without anything else. I may just try repeating my cleaning method next time. At least I can now disassemble the printer correctly, so I can get full access to the print head. - Anonymous