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OzTron
11th November 2010, 10:04 AM
Hi all,

My work is about to sell a HP DesignJet 4500PS plotter CHEAP.

I've read that it will print in Colorfast Adhesive Vinyl :D

So, question is, would this make a good printer for artwork ?

Let me know so I can tell them if I want it or not.

Thanks

furballx
11th November 2010, 01:14 PM
I do not know that printer, but we have an HP DesignJet 500 at work. Find out the drive belt part number (for the carriage), as well as the encoder strip part number. Check to see if you can buy them over the net, as HP are unable to supply these parts to us after only 5 years of use. I did source them on the net, but you would want to be sure you can get them before you buy. I can give you a leed on a good rapair company if you decide to buy and it needs a service.
Dave

spacies
11th November 2010, 01:34 PM
Its a pretty old printer. I wouldn't want to try and sell any adhesive prints printed on it. If you want to go commercial you really need an Eco-solvent printer.

acejas
11th November 2010, 01:45 PM
Just had a quick look at that model. Its RIP (Raster Image Processor). is hardware and internal to the printer. USUALLY (I dont know about this model) it can be troublesome and painful if you cant use a software RIP.

It really comes down to what the cost is, and primarily what you want to use it for.

Supplies are fine (inks) for this model but as Furballx says they discontinue models. The norm is 3 years. If the price is right go for it.

Dont be fooled by advertised prices on the net and compare the price they are selling. Technology in the printing games is the worst devaluer of all tech items IMO.

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yeah have to agree with spacies...eco sol is the way to go BUT you didnt say how cheap :)

OzTron
11th November 2010, 02:41 PM
Well I’m talking about $150 inc inks (4 or 5 of each)
I was thinking of printing some sideart and for other people that wanted some done (and only charging for the vinyl)
The thing is HUGE and it’s weight is like 180KG’s
If it’s not that good for printing artwork then I’ll give it a miss.

Thanks guys

Woody
11th November 2010, 03:39 PM
For $150 it would have to be worth a go wouldn't it? Even if the outcome isn't awesome, at least you have had a crack yourself and learnt a bit along the way?

OzTron
11th November 2010, 04:20 PM
For $150 it would have to be worth a go wouldn't it? Even if the outcome isn't awesome, at least you have had a crack yourself and learnt a bit along the way?

Well, we have just got the newer 4520PS (to replace the 4500) and I am allowed to use it outside hours for printing on vinyl is I want :D
Just thought that if it did the job I could just do it at home and for other people too (still might be able too) I'll get some and try it and see how it goes.

If it was a 'yes get it as it's awesome' I would have. But I don't really have the room for it if not.

Oh, and thanks to all for the info :D

Boddah
11th November 2010, 04:28 PM
I saw someone just recently offloading this model for $10k new (no idea what it's actually worth). At $150 maybe you could grab it for someone on here, someone would be keen I'm sure.

acejas
11th November 2010, 05:04 PM
for $150...absolutely!!!!! grab it...small loss if it doesnt work out...im sure it would

You can park it at my place :)...Ill even pick it up for you :)

Claude
11th November 2010, 05:17 PM
There's one up on eBay finishing tomorrow

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/HP-DesignJet-4500ps-Plotter-/160502049072?pt=AU_PRINTERS&hash=item255eaae930#ht_721wt_1139

At $100 at the moment.

Claude
13th November 2010, 06:24 AM
There's one up on eBay finishing tomorrow

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/HP-DesignJet-4500ps-Plotter-/160502049072?pt=AU_PRINTERS&hash=item255eaae930#ht_721wt_1139

At $100 at the moment.

Went for $1080

OzTron
13th November 2010, 06:32 AM
Went for $1080

WOW, we had someone come and pick it up yesterday for $500 after I said I didn't want it. Looks like I should of bought it and listed it on eBay

Oh well......!

Woody
13th November 2010, 07:34 AM
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