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I've spent close to the new price of a nice plotter in fees paid to kinkos in the last 4 months for blue prints.

What kind of plotter do I need to do prints? I'd like them to be 36" in length.

Do I need a special computer to run one? Do I need special software? Or can you print to it just like a normal printer?

Wheres a good place to get one used?

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Dont need special software, or computer. Just the drivers for the printer. We've got an HP color plotter that we've had for probably 6 years now, and it still works great.

We also have an Oce plotter, but its a whole printing/scanning/copying system that I think we lease.
 

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HP has a nice line of plotters. We had a DesignJet 650C at my last job. It was a lower end plotter, but worked great. They go for $400-$700 on ebay.

The DesignJet 750 and 755 are nice as well for a little over a grand. Just figure out budget and pick a model. HP's are nice because parts are so widely available for them.

You could just rent on as well... then they take care of all the BS.
 

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HP has a nice line of plotters. We had a DesignJet 650C at my last job. It was a lower end plotter, but worked great. They go for $400-$700 on ebay.

The DesignJet 750 and 755 are nice as well for a little over a grand. Just figure out budget and pick a model. HP's are nice because parts are so widely available for them.

You could just rent on as well... then they take care of all the BS.
12 minutes to print a page? :sonicjay: :sonicjay: :sonicjay:
 

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My dad used to have an HP Designjet, the 42" one I believe. You don't need a special computer I don't think, the thing just hooks into your parallel port (ours was older) and it should recognize it as any other printer on your computer. You might need some software for it though to size it onto the paper right.
 

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if you think thats slow our epson 7600 that we use for our contract prints to match the printing presses because it has to be accurate and detailed will output a 20x27 sheet in about 30-40 min depending on coverage. but it is supposed to be slow.
 

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We just upgraded from a HP designjet 750C to a HP designjet MFP scanner/plotter. The 750C is a good machine, but for a mere $20,000 more, the 820 is a hell of a machine.

They can probably run from any PC if you get the software with them, but are both pretty slow. The older ones are cheap on ebay, but the parts are getting hard to come by.

Give the guys at engineeringsupply.com a call, they do HP service & can tell you which models to watch out for.
 
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