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    Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Hi everyone

    I have struggled to find a decent copier/printer on Google amongst the millions of home printer recommendations that is designed for volume printing of cardstock. I work for a large school and we routinely need a lot of items printed on heavy weight paper and its past time to invest in a device that is designed to do pretty much just print on cardstock in large quantities.

    Recommendations welcome!

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Define "cardstock".

    What range of GSM? glossy? texture?
    Exactly what do you consider "high volumes"?

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    At least 110lb, usually matte but sometimes glossy (certificates and awards). Mostly just large matte jobs for later cutting into flash cards for the kids. Volume is in the low thousands per month peak time and that's by doing things to discourage printing like intentionally running out of paper.

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    #110 what?

    Bond, Offset, Book, Bristol, Cover, Tag, Index, Points ... ??
    All are based on different base sheet size and consequently all mean different things.

    #110 Bond = 400gsm
    #110 Offset, Book = 162gsm
    #110 Bristol = 244gsm
    #110 Cover = 306gsm
    #110 Tag = 176gsm
    #110 Index = 199gsm
    #110 Points = impossible

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    #110 - 199gsm at the moment which all of our devices seem to choke on

    Our Kyocera TASKalpha models do handle the #90 - 163gsm paper satisfactorily off the bypass tray

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    If you use the correct media settings, the Kyoceras CAN run 199gsm. What models do you have, and what media type have you selected?

    Kyoceras are particularly confusing when it comes to choosing the correct media type. For 199gsm media you'll want Thick3 media type, which I believe you'll have to set up in the custom media type section. And depending on the model, you may have to load Thick3 to the multipurpose tray.

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    If you use the correct media settings, the Kyoceras CAN run 199gsm. What models do you have, and what media type have you selected?

    Kyoceras are particularly confusing when it comes to choosing the correct media type. For 199gsm media you'll want Thick3 media type, which I believe you'll have to set up in the custom media type section. And depending on the model, you may have to load Thick3 to the multipurpose tray.

    The confusing part is: There is a media type Name, and there is a media type Value, which can be changed. =^..^=
    We have a TASKalpha 8002i and 8003i specifically. We have not delved into the custom media settings

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Welcome. Those can handle even 300g/m2
    Btw this is new members introduction forum should you have more specific questions please post in proper technical forum.
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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Quote Originally Posted by tsbservice View Post
    Welcome. Those can handle even 300g/m2
    Btw this is new members introduction forum should you have more specific questions please post in proper technical forum.
    Yes, I'm realizing that now. I had no idea the copier could do heavier weights and just assumed I needed a device designed for heavier weights and thus looking for recommendations. I'm not the one making the copies, just hearing the complaints from those who do and ordering the machines. I reposted here for further guidance
    Last edited by NewYorker; 12-02-2021 at 08:34 PM. Reason: updated with link

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    Re: Hello and looking for a cardstock printer recommendation from the pros

    Quote Originally Posted by NewYorker View Post
    Yes, I'm realizing that now. I had no idea the copier could do heavier weights and just assumed I needed a device designed for heavier weights and thus looking for recommendations. I'm not the one making the copies, just hearing the complaints from those who do and ordering the machines. I reposted here for further guidance
    If you are only doing heavier paper types and weights you most likely need a production model which, unless you are doing thousands of copies a day, you cannot afford. If you are doing mostly single page documents and no color then a Digital Duplicator might de the job for you.

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