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I don’t have a laptop I can keep in the garage (shop) for fear of messing it up yet I still rely heavily on plans, mostly sourced online for projects, as such I typically print out what I need to take to the shop. I need a new printer just for black and white printing and I’m debating between and inkjet and a laser. I’ve never had good results with inkjet printers as the ink is out (empty color cartridge can still disable B&W printing on many models), head is dirty/clogged or software issues. From a laserjet perspective, it looks like the toner cartridges have longer shelf life and result in a lower cost per printed sheet vs. ink. The Brother HL-L6200DW looks interesting but real world reviews seem few and far between. Does anyone have suggestions or sucess (and reliability) with what they’re using?

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 05:11 PM

inkjet printers will print templates more accurately, if that matters to you. If you wanted to print up gears a laser printer wouldn’t do it accurately enough, so I’ve read.

Basic printers are cheap these days, it’s the toner and ink that are pricey. If considering a laser printer consider the toner cost as it varies a lot from brand to brand. If you wanted to spend more you could look at an ink tank printer.

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#2 posted 12-18-2020 05:13 PM

I use my laptop in the shop all the time. I have done this for years without any problems. Just don’t set in the direct line of the saw dust coming off your table saw blade.

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#3 posted 12-18-2020 05:32 PM

for 20 or so years this is my go to

I find a printer that looks like it’ll do what I want then I go to ebay and see if after market ink cartridges are available and how much.
If things line up – I buy it. When It finally gives up the ghost, I go to the site and buy another. My latest is a 4 color ET2650
I usually get a few years out of one -

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#4 posted 12-18-2020 06:14 PM

inkjet printers will print templates more accurately, if that matters to you. If you wanted to print up gears a laser printer wouldn’t do it accurately enough, so I’ve read.
- Loren

Where did you read that? I’ve got both, a laser and inkjet, and both will produce absolute dead on accurate renderings of whatever I throw at them, including gears. I have several gripes about inkjet printers though; the main one being that I can’t keep the nozzles from clogging up and giving me problems. I don’t do a lot of printing however, so that does contribute to the problem.

If all you are doing is B/W, then a laser is the way to go IMO. Faster, crisper and more accurate printing that is durable and resistant to smudging.


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#5 posted 12-18-2020 06:19 PM

I have used HP printers for 20 years and never had a problem. The cartridges come with their own print head so you get a new print head every time you change cartridges. I just make it a point to keep spares so I don’t get caught short.

I actually prefer a printed plan over having it displayed on a screen in the shop. I almost always make changes once I get into the shop and start working so with a print copy I can pencil them in and then make changes to the computer copy later.

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#6 posted 12-18-2020 06:33 PM

I have used HP printers for 20 years and never had a problem. The cartridges come with their own print head so you get a new print head every time you change cartridges. I just make it a point to keep spares so I don t get caught short.


Came to say the same thing.

HP for the last 20 years as well. I got one Epson printer about 16 years ago, had it for about 8 months and hated it the entire time. They make good printers, but you have to use them regularly. Get something where the cartridge is the print head.

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#7 posted 12-18-2020 06:58 PM

I own both types of printers. An inexpensive Samsung b&w laser which is fantastic for most shop things. I also have a large format Cannon inkjet. I’ve had it for about 15 yrs now and its never gummed up on me. Even when I had it in storage for a couple years all it needed was new ink and to run its self cleaning cycle and it was good to go.

My experience over many years of IT, graphic design, and general tech foolery is you can’t really go wrong with a HP or Cannon in either inject or laser. I stay away from Brother because they seem to change drums on their lasers all the time and finding one for older models gets tough. If you gifted me an Epson I would punch that gift horse right in the mouth.

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#8 posted 12-18-2020 07:14 PM

Matthias Wandel of Woodgears stated that.

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#9 posted 12-18-2020 07:24 PM

I’ve been buying printers since 1979. I owned one of the first TI lasers on the market. Slow and expensive.

Anyway. Inkjet printers are not fun. You want a color picture a couple of times a year and the $28 cartridge is dry since you printed one picture six months ago. Thing is you can bring an SD card or thumbdrive to walmart and print a picture for about 20 cents. So for me color inkjets are a waste of money unless you need color on demand, all the time.

These days a small laser printer is dead accurate. It has to be for postcript and truetype fonts otherwise they’d look wavy. You can get tons of pages out of a cartridge especially if you don’t print large black sections. HP or brother are fine and will work good and last a long time. If you have a Mac consider that if you want wireless printing it will be a bit more of a chore to configure on an HP. But they are great printers and the cost is not great. For the task you describe I’d do a laser, no contest.

I can vouch for not getting an epson though…. problematic.

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#10 posted 12-18-2020 08:01 PM

I think you should get a dot matrix printer LOL

I still remember the day that a customer said “I never dreamed I would one day pay more for a Dot Matrix printer than a laser jet one”

Went printer less at the house a decade ago. The cartridges would dry up every time we needed it and they take up too much space. I do have printers at the office I can use.

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#11 posted 12-18-2020 08:20 PM

Brother B&W lazer works fine for me and cheap – sometimes bundled with the super-jumbo toner pack that’s good for 10 packs of paper.

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#12 posted 12-18-2020 08:36 PM

+1 Ocelot: we have a Brother HL-2200DW and has been chugging away for years. Ha, they don’t even make this model anymore but it’s still going.

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#13 posted 12-18-2020 10:32 PM

Used a Samsung laser printer for over 8 years now. Was one of those recommended by PC Mag at the time? Have never been disappointed using PC Magazine recommendations as long my needs are aligned with the recommendation scope.

Family uses a high capacity cartridge roughly every 9 months. Great machine. It started showing a minor fading problem on edge last month and needs a new fuser drum; but has been fantastic machine for home office. For black and white printing, will never go back to inkjet.

Just realized Samsung sold their laser printer business to HP, so guess my recommendation is a new HP or Brother recommended by PCMag? lol

Worked for Ink Jet printer mfg in 80’s during the time inkjet tech was released into PC market. The business model on low end is making money selling high cost supplies, not printers. If you are not printing thousands of pages per month to justify cost of a large continuous use commercial model, and loading ink via bottles into secondary reservoir not located on print head; ink jet page cost is ridiculously high.


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#14 posted 12-18-2020 11:26 PM

I’ve had a Brother DCP-L2550DW IN the shop for a couple of years now. I swore to myself that I’d faithfully blow it out on a regular basis because of the dust in the shop. In reality, I blow it out…every 4 months maybe? It’s never missed a beat. Great printer.

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#15 posted 12-19-2020 12:46 AM

I have a couple Brother Laser printers and love them. I will never have an inkjet or HP printer again.

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