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    Used plotter?

    I am giving serious consideration to buying a plotter. Anyone know where to but a used one? I want to produce line drawings, not large photos so an older unit, lower tech unit is fine. I don't need the latest and greatest by any means.
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    Jeff,
    I got a buddy in California who has one he wants to find a home for. It's a big one. I just called him and he still has it. I'll PM you his phone number.
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    craigslist would be a good bet
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    Check with local engineering firms. They may have surplus that they have not yet sold off.

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    Also check into graphic art suppliers. HP makes great wide format printers, we have one that we have been using daily since 1998 and has over 3 million passes on it.

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    I am watching Craigslist and EBay. Sisters boyfriend in Houston sells them but I think he doesn't fool with the lower ends stuff. HP seems to dominate the market. Still just trying to educate myself.
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    What size do you need? I plot on an old Epson 13" wide inkjet. If I need wider it's tiled.

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    Jeff just a thought, but places like Kinkos do large plots. I was thinking you might find the economics worthwhile just to send it to them every time you need a plot. You dont need to keep paper inks or pay for the machine. Are you going to be doing plots that frequently that you want to have your own. If your use is infrequent you might find you are using lots of ink as sometimes these pens or cartridges dry up when not used for a while.

    Just thinking of other ways to meet your needs. You can send guys like Kinkos drawings online and then only need to collect although in Canada they are owned by Fedex so they can even deliver them for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    What size do you need? I plot on an old Epson 13" wide inkjet.
    I am looking for at least 24" and probably a 36".

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Jeff just a thought, but places like Kinkos do large plots. I was thinking you might find the economics worthwhile just to send it to them every time you need a plot. ....
    Small town blues here. But I think Staples has a large printer? No kinko within 50 miles.

    At first it probably is cheaper just to have them printed but down the road I hope to need one regularly.

    I had inquiries about buying plans for my boats instead of kits. So I am looking at offering full sized patterns. So for now, I don't really need one. But I don't think it would take long to pay for one either. I am just shopping at this point looking at options.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Jeff,
    Did you call my buddy. I believe his is a 48". I think he'd let you have it real cheap. He wanted to give it to me but I had no use for one. Freight can't be more then $100 or so.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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