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asked Feb 21, 2002 at 12:31pm
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 900

Mothballing a SC740

I have a Stylus Color 740 that is performing well. This is
my second unit. The first one fell to the dreaded head problems
(burnt? clogged? lazy?) mentioned elsewhere on this board
and was replaced by Epson under warranty. By the way, I have never
seen this addressed definitively and have always been curious: Was
there a serious design flaw with Epson heads that has been corrected?
It seems that the replacement they sent me performs better in general than
the previous one. Maybe it's that I show it more care like not leaving
it "on" when not in use and using only Epson (Rhino in a pinch) inks.
I bought a SC900 soon after putting the 2nd 740 into service because it
was a great buy @ $95 and I thought I might need a spare based on my past
experience. It turns I out I didn't but as I print on the 740 now, I
have quite a bit of spare time to glance toward the closet shelf where
the boxed 900 sits feel the serious need for its speed. However, I don't
want to do a swap if it means the 740 will have to be trashed from lack
of use. Any tips on SC 740 storage and/or comments about the 900 that
will keep it running smoothly too. Thanks.
You could run a couple clearjets (lke ink but a cleaner) through the 740 and then store it. But the clearjet are somewhat close to the price to the ink.
by unknown on Feb 21, 2002 at 3:18pm Add comment

The way it's done in the shop if they're to be stored for any length of time:

Run a solution of water and something like a little dishwashing liquid through the heads. Easiest way to do this is to have a couple of old cartridges and fill them with this solution. Put in these cartridges and run a couple of head cleanings. When you're done, the white pad to the right of the carriage's travel (visible when the head's not parked) should be white, not black or with colored ink.

The only other thing is to put some sort of rubber protector solution (can't recommend anything specific here) on the rubber lip around the edge of that white pad. Once the head cleaning is done, it'll park over that pad and the rubber will stay a little more supple if treated with some sort of solution. I think you could skip this step and it would be o.k. The main thing is to get the heads cleaned out before storage so the jets don't get clogged.

One more note...after storing it for a length of time, you might want to run your finger over the carriage guide bar (what the carriage slides back and forth on) and see if it's got a light coating of lightweight oil. If you get a thin film of black on your finger, it's time to wipe it off and apply some oil.

Greg
by unknown on Feb 25, 2002 at 10:10pm Add comment
Thank you for the replies. I think I'll make the switch.
A question though: How do you clean the residual ink (isn't it
soaked into the foam?) out of the empty cartridges? I don't
have one at the moment or I'd just go try it. Do you just run
water over the cartridge opening until it runs clear? Also, I
assume you go pretty light on the detergent, right?

I should probably start a new topic, but..
I am thinking of using the 900 as a network printer and
would, therefore, like to leave it on all the time. Is
this a bad idea with the Epsons? I had read somewhere
that it was important to shut off the 740 after use to
get the head to seat on the cleaning pad and avoid the
serious "clogging" issues.

Thanks again for the helpful forum, Brian
by unknown on Mar 6, 2002 at 2:19pm Add comment
Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try this. A question though:
How do you clear the residual ink (soaked into the foam) out of the
empty cartridge? Do you just run water over the opening until it flows
clear? Also, how light on the detergent in the cleaning solution?

I should probably start another topic for this, but...
I'm thinking of using the SC 900 as a network printer and would need to
leave it "on" most of the time. Is this a bad idea? I had heard that
leaving the 740 on contributed to the head "clogging" issues because
the head never seated on the cleaning pad.

Thanks for the helpful forum. Brian
by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2002 at 7:40am Add comment
Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try this. A question though:
How do you clear the residual ink (soaked into the foam) out of the
empty cartridge? Do you just run water over the opening until it flows
clear? Also, how light on the detergent in the cleaning solution?

I should probably start another topic for this, but...
I'm thinking of using the SC 900 as a network printer and would need to
leave it "on" most of the time. Is this a bad idea? I had heard that
leaving the 740 on contributed to the head "clogging" issues because
the head never seated on the cleaning pad.

Thanks for the helpful forum. Brian
by unknown on Mar 7, 2002 at 7:42am Add comment
Very sorry for the multiple messages. I wasn't seeing the post.
by Brian on Mar 7, 2002 at 7:43am Add comment

Never tried to use a cartridge for cleaning, so I really don't know how much you need to clean it first. I guess just keep running water through it till it's fairly clear. A little ink won't do any clogging if most of the liquid is water. Also, yes, very little dishwashing liquid is what I'd recommend.

As for leaving an Epson printer on all the time, I don't know why that would be a problem. My stepmom has a 740 that is on all day and it works fine. The head parks itself over the cap assembly so the rubber gasket should be surrounding the head any time it's parked. That will keep the ink from drying up as fast. It also has a timer onboard to keep track of the last time you used the printer. If you never turn the printer off, I'd see if it does its own cleaning every few days. If not, turn it off once in a while, wait about 15 seconds, then turn it back on and see if it goes into a cleaning cycle.

Greg
by unknown on Mar 7, 2002 at 10:20am Add comment