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Swabs For Cleaning Ecosolvent Printer Heads

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by player, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. player

    player Major Contributor

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    I had bought 500 swabs from Swab-Its years ago. I am finally running out of them. I see that the prices from Swab-Its are way up and way more from Swab-Its than I can get what looks like a comparable swab from Amazon. The Amazon swabs are much much cheaper. I am in Canada and the exchange rate makes things 40% more up here.

    Anyone recommend a swab? Anyone try the Amazon swabs?

    The Swab-Its are $140 CAD for 500, while the Amazon swabs are $58 for 300. The price is not so different, but it will take me years to use 300 swabs let alone 500...

    Here is the link to the Amazon.ca swabs I am looking at:
    https://www.amazon.ca/Solvent-Clean...+200+pcs+cleaning+swabs&qid=1587479847&sr=8-3
     
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  2. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    I've always used swab-its in the past (usually order 2,000 at a time) but after checking again and looking at your link, I'm going to give those amazon ones a shot.
    You're right about the exchange rate being brutal, and shipping isn't cheap from Swab-its and we always get hit with brokerage fees and all that crap.

    I ordered a pack to try out.
    Estimated delivery: May 12 2020 - June 3 2020
     
  3. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    I've ordered those here in the States and they're fine. I use them from cleaning printheads to primering car door edges.
     
  4. Marshallmax

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    Ive been using amazon swabs for the past few months now. They’re quite literally the same exact swabs you would be from a print supplier. ZIZNBA 5.11” foam swabs.
     
  5. player

    player Major Contributor

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    Thanks I will order then.
     
  6. SignMeUpGraphics

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    Off subject but: We are all conditioned: "...the price is way up for the same unit of merchandise." It's like gold. Gold is gold. Swabs are swabs. Water is water. The commodity doesn't change but the EXCHANGE of currency does. We tend to think of our money as constant in part because the denominations don't change but when the "price goes up" it's because the currency is worth less and in some cases FAR less. We're going to see much more of this as a result of the free wheel 'printing' of money in this corona thing. THAT is the perfect cover for first world governments to debase their currencies simultaneously to lessen the load of their respective public debts. Any inflation is a tax and theft from savers. Savers beware!
     
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  8. Nick Nie

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    I am using the swab from Amazon for 2 years, no different at all.....
     
  9. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    Update:
    Expected delivery: Friday, Apr. 24, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    (That's better)
     
  10. neutrinocv

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    I see on the Amazon site that there are smaller packs available (200 - 100 - 50, pcs) and cheaper but beware that under $35 shipping is not free unless you are "Prime".
     
  11. CanuckSigns

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    There are people out there who aren't prime members? Do they hang out with bigfoot and the loch Ness monster?
     
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  12. rjssigns

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    Yeah, about that. I would order intermittently from Amazon, no Prime account and wait to get stuff. Then my wife stopped in my office while I was ordering some tools and said; "Silly, I've had a Prime account for years, use mine."o_O
     
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  13. danno

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  14. neutrinocv

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    As a matter of fact, Nessie and Yeti are good friends of mine...!!!
     
  15. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    I’m from Scotland, I can assure you the Loch Ness Monster has Prime. Just like everybody else.

    back on topic, we buy third party inks for our mimaki, the company also sells cleaning fluid, alcohol, swabs etc and it’s MUCH cheaper than the proper stuff. I think the cleaning fluid went from £40 for a 200ml bottle to £20 for a litre. Swabs were about 1/10 of the price for what I’d say we’re better swabs too.
     
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  16. Dtron10

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    Any recommendations for cleaning solutions? And where to get them? Amazon?
     
  17. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    Try third party ink companies too. Even if you don’t get the ink you can still usually get cleaning fluid, swabs, alcohol and so on
     
  18. player

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    I would be careful. There could be unknown issues combining the ink from one company and the cleaner from another.
     
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  19. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Very Active Member

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    Sometimes it can be cheaper to buy and crack open a cleaning cartridge than to buy a cleaning kit (at least that was the case with our Roland).
     
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  20. player

    player Major Contributor

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    I've never bought a cleaning kit. I buy the parts individually as I need them.
     
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