Newbie to Printing
- Dec 2, 2022
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- Canon Pixma PRO-10S
First things first, inkjet printing of any sort costs and its never cheap so trying to do it on a budget is not going to work, you either continue with this great printer, or you give up the idea of ever owing another printer..
Yes the head has clogs but they can be resolve with time and patience, so please don’t send it back, persist until you know one way or the other, because as Websnail said he has inks and carts for your model printer, that are a dam site cheaper than OEM carts and ink..
As an aside, one thing that's not been suggested is to save some time and buy yourself a new printhead. You're obviously in the UK so the best source for one of those is here:
(CRC-Tasktron are the service centre for Canon in the UK so the printheads are legit and cheaper than other legit units).
That way you can get the printer running as there's obviously nothing else wrong with the printer, and then you can take a slow road approach with the printhead you received with the printer and eventually get it cleaned out and working as a spare.
Just a thought...
PS: No I didn't pay @The Hat for that last recommendation...
So I sent the seller a message right after i last posted to explain the situation and she actually just wanted me to keep the printer and gave me my money back - I asked her multiple times if she was Ok with it as it was very kind of her but she seemed to want to just get rid of it and told me it would be destined for the tip otherwise, so I decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth and held on to the printer!
I now have some spare cash (£80) to put towards getting this working again. Thank you both very much for your input - as I said I'm very new to this so its much appreciated! From what I've taken on it seems like I have three options:
A) Cheapest option - continue to use the same inks and try soaking the print head for a longer duration as @The Hat suggests. This is the most straightfoward option and saves me spaneding more cash, however it leaves me with less time to print people things before christmas and I wil still be using the Cartridge People inks - @websnail They are indeed the sponge-type and they have already given me issues beyond clogging - had multiple carts report empty/near empty despite having the same amout of ink as carts that report 75% full.
B) Replace all of the current inks with a full set of OctoInks (which seem very well reviewed!) and clean the head again for a longer period as in option A. This will only run me £45 for the PGI-72 ink set compared to the £115 for Canon inks, although if there is something wrong with the head itself I will be down time and ink again.
C) Most expensive option - Buy a new set of OctoInks to replace all the carts AND buy a new head from CRC. This will run me around £180 total, but will mean I have a printer I know works and then have the spare head @websnail suggests. This seems like the most foolproof option, and I will still have a fully-functioning Canon Pro-10s for just £200 at the end of the day. On that note - is it worth having a spare head handy for these sorts of printers?
Let me know what you guys think - and thank you very much @The Hat and @websnail for the links and all of the advice