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Old January 14th, 2009 -   #15 (permalink)
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Default Re: Turn off or leave on all the time

I agree with everyone else. I leave mine on 24/7. It sounds like it may cost a little in ink but saves a lot in aspirin.
Does your machine have the new WIMS system? It has a circulating pump rather than an agitator in the bottle. If not you may want to look at that upgrade. I used to worry about leaving my machine unattended over long weekends but I got better. I left it 4 days over the Thanksgiving weekend and when I got in on Monday I ran 3 head cleanings and then a nozzle check and it checked perfectly. I probably didn't need to do that many cleanings. So, I was out of the shop for 5 days over Christmas and decided to see how many cleanings I had to do when I got back. I did one right away and then a nozzle check. It needed another cleaning but that was it. Two head cleanings after 5 days off. I love my WIMS!

Brian

Edited to add: I also run a humidifier in the winter.
Also; you may find that you need to run head cleanings in the middle of long runs too.

Last edited by Brian-R; January 16th, 2009 at 02:33 PM..