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      Post #68820, posted on 12-13-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Anyone got a good decal capable color laser recommendation?

      Thanks!

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      Post #68821, posted on 12-13-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm sure there's something better out there, but the Xerox 550 machine and similar models operated by most commercial printers have always worked fairly well for me on a few different decal papers. No white or opaque colours though.. The ink used to puddle and smear in the early trials, but using the COATED/GLOSSY stock option and highest GSM settings, it seems to work good. Also make sure they don't try to do anything fancy with the file like export it to a pdf or something first as that seems to screw up the resolution and do weird things. Opening the files in Adobe InDesign then printing directly from there seems to work.

      Good luck!

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      Post #68825, posted on 12-14-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Ben. That's a big more hardware than I want or probably need, and honestly, I have very bad memories of dealing with a Xerox color laser a few years ago. I finally gave up on them. Not looking for anything to do production stuff, just for personal use.

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      Post #68830, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Movers destroyed my printer so Iím in the market for a new one and would be interested in something to print decals as well. $500 or less is my budget.

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      Post #68831, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I got fed up trying to get the best out of inkjet decals. Trying to get the right protective coat on them never seemed to work right (either too thick or too thin), and the ones that came already coated were often coated too thickly. I invested in an HP CP1025 laser printer, scan the inkjet decals and re-print them on laser paper, which doesn't need coating, and get perfect results every time.

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      Post #68832, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've been using an HP CM1415 Laserjet on Experts Choice decal paper for several years with good results.

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      Post #68834, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      After Al recommended the HP CP1025 I bought one and can thoroughly recommend it too. Nice and easy to use and, as long as you use a thick paper setting, prints beautifully.

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      Post #68835, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I originally used a couple Lexmark laser printers when I got started. Great machines, great customer support and both ran like a charm. In fact, both units (now 7 years old) are still in operation as my instruction sheet printers.

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      Post #68836, posted on 12-15-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      What kind of Lexmark??

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      Post #68860, posted on 12-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Jennings, sorry for the delay in answering. They're both C543dn models, which are no longer being produced. The CS317dn is the current version of my unit.

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      Post #68861, posted on 12-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks. Whatís your experience with replacement toner cartridges for the Lexmark? The printer itself is like $135 from Amazon, but people are complaining that the replacement cartridges are more than the cost of the printer.

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      Post #68862, posted on 12-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Guys

      I have a OKI C711DN. Amazing quality!!!! Not the cheaper around but worth every penny.

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      Post #68864, posted on 12-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      YIKES!! Not the cheapest, indeed. Lowest price I see in the US is over $1000!!

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      Post #68865, posted on 12-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Average cartridge price is around $80.00 retail. I always scout Amazon and e-bay and can usually get them for a much better price. The great thing about Lexmark is they have outstanding customer service and they replace almost any part for free for as long as you own the printer (except toner of course).

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      Post #68866, posted on 12-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks. I think Iím going to order the Lexmark. Itís $135 from Amazon.

      Have you used only Lexmark branded cartridges, or third party manufacturers??

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      Post #68874, posted on 12-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Jennings- what dpi are you looking for, and what other qualities are important that you're looking for besides price?

      I'm going to grab one soon myself.

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      Post #68877, posted on 12-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I donít think any currently available laser printer is going to do less than 1200 dpi, which is more than adequate for any decal printing requirements. As long as it does that and handles decal paper okay, thatís really all you need. If you can do that for $135 vs. $1000, I donít see much of a down side to spending less money. I spent big money on a ďhighly recommendedĒ Xerox machine back in 2011, and finally got my money back from Xerox. After four visits by their onsite repair folks, they had to admit the thing simply didnít work.

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      Post #68879, posted on 12-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow $100 for each cartridge? As soon as you run out of one color you'd be better off buying a whole new printer which comes with a complete set! Although if your only printing decals I'm sure it would last a long time anyway.

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      Post #68880, posted on 12-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Wow $100 for each cartridge? As soon as you run out of one color you'd be better off buying a whole new printer which comes with a complete set!



      Err, no, actually. New printers are usually supplied with cartridges or inkwells that are just 40 percent full... Just part of the fun-and-games manufacturers engage in to prop up disastrous sales drops...

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      Post #68882, posted on 12-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've only used Lexmark cartridges. Never had a problem with one.