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Anyone ever change their own print head?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by OlsonSigns601, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    Sorry I haven't been posting much. My shop manager was in the hospital for about a month and I took on the dual roll getting and took on the task of getting the shop put back together.

    But anyway, today we started up our VJ1204 and got a message that the print head's life was over. Got through the day printing and everything is still really crisp but I've got the feeling the day is coming.

    I feel like someone I know very close and love very much was just diagnosed with a terminal disease and will be dying soon.

    So just getting feelers out there if any of you have replaced their own print head and what they thought of it?

    I'm pretty technical, I've built my own computers since Windows 95 1st came out and my main job until my wife can get a job to pay the mortgage is a software developer. So I feel I'm pretty technical and mechanically inclined to be up to the task but wondering if this is perhaps a task for someone with months or weeks of specified training.

    I've had the printer apart several times for cleaning and managed to get it all back together again and working again.
  2. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    I'm sure you could handle it, but you already said you are taking on dual roles at the shop right now, can you afford to possibly spend 2-3 days doing nothing else but attempting to change the head, realign etc..?

    I know it seems like a huge expense to have a tech come out and change it, but when you crunch the numbers and realize that in the time you are saving by having someone who knows what they are doing change the head, you can make enough signs to pay for the tech.

    There are enough stresses in this industry, why would you want to add another?
  3. chrisphilipps

    chrisphilipps Merchant Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Wharton, NJ
    You don't actually have to replace your print head. When Mutoh created these printers they tested the print heads, cr motor, pf motor and pump assembly and created a life expectancy for them. Your print head has reached this life expectancy but it doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced or that it will even fail any time soon. Give me a call and I can help you reset the message so it doesn't keep bothering you. I am in the office today because of our Open House. My direct # is 973-808-8600 Ext. 116.

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