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Unread 03-14-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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I'm trying to find a printer that can handle cardstock of different weights. I like to make greeting cards and insert my own verses using Pages. I would like a printer that can take custom paper size, like 5x8. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Unread 03-15-2017, 05:45 AM   #2
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My Brother printer does any weight. I even have put water color paper thru it. as to size why not just print size closest to that size and trim it?
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Unread 03-15-2017, 08:28 AM   #3
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My Brother printer does any weight. I even have put water color paper thru it. as to size why not just print size closest to that size and trim it?
Which Brother model do you have and is it an inkjet?


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Here's one to avoid, HP Officejet Pro 8610. It totally resents 110 cardstock if that's a weight you use.
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Unread 03-15-2017, 09:05 AM   #5
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I had a HP 5510 took 110 staples brand no problem. Purchased an Epsom Xp 640 wireless takes cardstock 110 and has great dpi.

I found out that Epson does have some models made for cardstock in that it feeds from the back of the printer....alas not impressed with color.

Since then another friend in card class bought an Epson very pleased. I have always taken a piece of cardstock with me and have them show me how it prints and feeds.

Did not replace former 5510 as that particular color technology no longer available on cheaper printer ( photo smart).
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Unread 03-18-2017, 01:28 PM   #6
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I have an Epson Stylus Photo Printer. Does cardstock fine. I can set the size for 12x12 or anything smaller. I print my own envelopes too --- any size. I like the photo printer because it has 8 different colors of ink. I can create almost anything.
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Here's one to avoid, HP Officejet Pro 8610. It totally resents 110 cardstock if that's a weight you use.
Yes, I second this. I had the 8500 and it took everything, I loved it. Then the 8500 broke down, or rather was rendered unusable* (see below if you are curious), and I had to buy the next model, the 8610. The 8610 will take layering weight cardstock, but nothing heavier. Very annoying.


*The reason my 8500 was rendered unusable is because it got ants in it. Tons of ants. It was the weirdest thing. But apparantly it happens. Just do a search on "ants in my pr..." and you'll see the word "printer" pop right up before you can finish typing it. It got to the point where there were so many dead ant bodies inside the scanner bed that every photocopy was like a scene from a horror movie, shadow images of crushed exoskeletons obscuring the image. It was far cheaper to buy a new printer than to have the scanner/copier mechanism taken apart. Just an interesting aside.
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Ants, how bizarre!! Glad mine tanked before the ant invasion. We battle ants in the rainy season but they didn't find the printer.

I felt kind of bad after I posted that my replacement 8610 wouldn't take the heavier cardstock. I thought well maybe it's just mine or me. It's an otherwise decent printer. Interesting to hear it's not just me.
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Not, not just you. If you search on it you'll find a LOT of complaints on various forums by people who were aggravated to discover this limitation after replacing their 8500s, which took everything I ever tried to put through it.

I think the ants are attracted to the electromagnetic forces of the printer or something. Or someone told me that and then laughed behind my back when I believed it. Really, all you need is one queen to get inside and it's all over.
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I guess I feel lucky now. We've had ants everywhere else. I've heard of insects in TV's but never experienced it. I won't even mention what particular insects those were.

Yeah I couldn't figure out how to feed it any other way so I just gave up. I think getting a printer demo is a good way to go in the future. I don't think I can take both ants and no cardstock function in my printer. Build a moat on my desk maybe.
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I have a brother mfc-j470dw Innobella made by Brother. It has taken all kinds of paper. I like bottom feeder printers. My cat likes to sleep on the printer and cat hair gets in the top printer. I am considering buying a 12x12 printer.
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