shrug-l: Found the problem with the hp750c

Sykes, John John.Sykes at
Wed Feb 15 11:10:28 EST 2006

Yes, I think you want to upgrade.  I'm not sure if you can find parts for the
750C anymore.  We needed a new print head and ended up surplussing the
plotter as "uneconomically repairable".

Since then, I've been looking at a 1055CM Plus or a 5500.  The 1055CM Plus is
a 36" wide plotter and has PostScript support (for about $8.7k).  The 5500 is
a 42" wide plotter, has more memory (and a hard drive) and costs less than
the 1055CM Plus, but does NOT have PostScript support (the 5500ps does).  I'm
leaning towards the 5500, but wonder if nearly $3 grand is worth it for the
PostScript support and 128 MB more memory in the 5500ps???  (The memory can
be added to the 5500 for about $150).

Another factor to consider is, which one is the newer model?  I think that
the 1055CM Plus is older, and may not be around that much longer (future
service issues?).  Of course the 4500 appears to be the newest series, but is
also more expensive.

Other comments greatly appreciated.

-- John

-----Original Message-----
From: shrug-l-bounces at
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ken Stocks
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 10:57 AM
Subject: shrug-l: Found the problem with the hp750c

Thanks for the info everyone.  The belt controlling movement of the
cartridges is destroyed.  I noticed some shavings on the paper and took a
closer look. 
The rubber on the belt is shredded down to threads. 
Can the belt be replaced by myself or does it require a professional service
person?  Also, this seems like the opportunity for a new plotter.  For those
of you who have upgraded from this model (hp 750c), would you recommend doing
so now?  

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