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HP 8000 compared to Roland/Mimaki/Mutoh

Discussion in 'Hewlett Packard' started by thekoj, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. thekoj

    thekoj New Member

    Jul 6, 2011
    I need some help with choosing between the HP Designjet 8000 relative to similar solvent/eco-solvent models from other brands such as Roland/Mimaki/Mutoh for outdoor signage and banners. Why would the HP8000 be preferred over the others, if at all? Total cost of ownership -- printhead replacement, ink costs, etc. I am new to this so kindly help.
  2. artbot

    artbot Very Active Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Houston TX
    a roland, mutoh, mimaki will have after market parts available forever. they are simple machines to work on. that said, my father in law works in a massive print shop. their digital department had a herd of jv3's and they ditched them for hp solvent machines. everytime i go there the hp's are cranking out stuff. the whole hp solvent thing to me though is scary. too many horror stories of a basic joe not being able to afford new heads etc.
  3. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    I own a HP9000s which is the 8000's big brother. Well, faster brother but not necessarily bigger.
    It's a great unit for sure. If you are shopping used, and you must be if you are looking at an 8000, I think I'd check out the other options simply because HP doesn't sell these rebranded printers anymore and they're getting to an age where repairs will be showing up.
  4. jrsc

    jrsc Member

    Sep 24, 2008
    I bought a used hp 8000 about a month ago. It is my first solvent printer and I don't have any experience with other brands. Before this I had an HP 5500 aqueous printer for a few years. That said I like the 8000. It seems easy enough to use and does a great job printing. I haven't had to do anything other then the basic daily maintenance so I'm not sure how involved it is if something breaks. Hopefully I don't find out anytime soon.

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