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Old Jun 9, 2008, 4:12 PM   #1
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I have an R1800 which recently informed me that various internal parts were at the end of their service life, at which point it wouldn't print. After using Epson's on-line troubleshooting service it seems that the waste ink pad is "full." This is a big felt pad on the bottom of the printer which receives ink excess from head cleaning, etc.

Epson furnishes a utility which will reset the counter, but they warn that if the pad "overflows" the excess ink could damage internal electronic parts, not to mention making a big mess on the carpet.

InkRepublic and others speak of "replumbing" the printer to drain excess ink into an external bottle. Has anyone out there in printer land tried this? Any ideas about the approximate cost of having Epson replace the pad? Could a user replace it?

Many thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 10, 2008, 8:27 AM   #2
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Try this:

http://www.continuousink.info/forum/...c68797a6a3d843
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 8:47 AM   #3
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Thanks, Wolverine!

I'll have to have a go at it. I've heard elsewhere that the printer's warning is conservative, but who wants to test that out. I'd think that the engineers at Epson could devise a user replaceable waste pad, but I guess that would cut into service income or discourage sales of new printers. What a bummer.

Or am I being overly cynical, in this age of 18 month lifespans for DSLRs. To think that Pentax made the LX for almost 20 years. What were they thinking??
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 7:29 AM   #4
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Thanks, Wolverine!

I'll have to have a go at it. I've heard elsewhere that the printer's warning is conservative, but who wants to test that out. I'd think that the engineers at Epson could devise a user replaceable waste pad, but I guess that would cut into service income or discourage sales of new printers. What a bummer.

Or am I being overly cynical, in this age of 18 month lifespans for DSLRs. To think that Pentax made the LX for almost 20 years. What were they thinking??
It's not cynical if you're right

Epson deliberately built this sort of thing into their printers so that folks would buy new printers, new cartridges and the newer firmware in them, all of which allows them to shut out competitors in ink supplies because they re-write the firmware to stop them.

It does look like Epson are gettig the sharp end of the stick now too though as ink tank design has changed a lot recently and the utility in the USA to reset waste ink counters was probably forced on them too.. In the UK they'll replace your existing printer for a small fee instead of swapping out the pads because they're scared it's going the same way here.

Interesting times ahead.. but I'm wandering waaaay off topic..
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 9:15 AM   #5
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Just an update. I installed a waste ink recovery tank from, I think, Ink Republic. The process was "easy" but demands care lest you break the plastic end piece or the little tabs which hold it on. No cutting or modification of the printer required. The tank fastens to the back of the printer with velcro. Its appalling how much ink is used for cleaning cycles!
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