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I got a fast T-jet 3 and can not seem to get it to do much. It powers up but after that not much. It looks like it all there. The few techs i talked to say i should scrap it. Any ideas?
 

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I got a fast T-jet 3 and can not seem to get it to do much. It powers up but after that not much. It looks like it all there. The few techs i talked to say i should scrap it. Any ideas?
Does the print head carriage move left to right after powering it on? Are there any lights flashing or on solid?
 

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Hi again, I have tried several things to get my Fast T-jet 3 going and still nothing. This is what it does, I power it up and the board power light comes on and a 1 in the box. The print head does not move. The tray will move once when i push eject. I checked the fuse and it's good. Also i can not get my laptop to respond to the printer. Any ideas will be great. Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi again, I have tried several things to get my Fast T-jet 3 going and still nothing. This is what it does, I power it up and the board power light comes on and a 1 in the box. The print head does not move. The tray will move once when i push eject. I checked the fuse and it's good. Also i can not get my laptop to respond to the printer. Any ideas will be great. Thanks in advance.
If the Epson portion of the printer is not turning on I would suggest replacing the Epson mainboard.
 

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I agree if there is no movement of the printhead it is not getting past the epson board. I have 2 of these T3s. I actually got them to print well. But it is a challenge and very few spare parts.
You need the driver from epson for the R1800 printer. Then see if you can communicate thru the original driver. Get status etc, nozzle check etc. That is the easiest way to get the epson board to communicate with the printer, To replace the epson board you need another one which is for the epson R1800. Might be able to buy one from compass micro in portland Or. or find a used R1800 that works. If you find a used printer you can use most of the parts on the T3. Ribbon Cables, printhead, capping station, encoder strip etc. The big clue is nothing happens when you power it up. Head should move left right several times followed by a pump running then just power light on the left side control panel.
 

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I also have a T3. I bought a beat up one a couple of months ago. Needed a lot of work which is what I love doing. Only thing I was worried about was the C Board which ended up being ok. I did a complete restoration. Replaced the entire 1800 engine with a slightly used one. One thing that was a big issue with these printers was registration. The total weight of the bed and the shirt board was about 50 pounds and only has a little epson pf motor driving it. Very poor design and I knew that from the moment I started testing them in the beginning. So what I did with the one that I bought was stripped all the useless metal from the bed and redesigned a new shirt board and got the weight down to around 10 pounds. The bed is now flat, similar to the velocijet, and board attaches onto it. Printer has been running like a workhorse and the prints are beautiful. This model of printer had great potential and played a big part in putting US Screen out of business. If only they would of redesigned the bed and shirt boards to be lighter who knows where Tjet would be today.
 

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You may experience an error when bed moves. If so loosen 4 screws in back of drive. Run it back and forth then tighten.
 

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You may experience an error when bed moves. If so loosen 4 screws in back of drive. Run it back and forth then tighten.
I expected some errors after shedding all that weight. Thought I would at least have to adjust the tension on the small orange belt but everything ran fine and perfect registration. Its been 2 months and hundreds of shirts later and still running smooth. Thanks for the tip!
 
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