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I need to purchase 10 printers
that meet the below specs.

Printer Specs
 1. black laserjet --> NO color needed
 2. networked --> NO wireless needed
 3. duplex --> double-sided printing
 4. scan and copy --> no FAX needed
 5. 20+ page ADF --> automatic document feeder
 6. cheap black toner, under 1 cent/page
 7. under $900/printer, can be referb

So far I found the Ricoh Aficio SP C240SF
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402299,00.asp

Does anyone else have suggestions ?
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pls ignore
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@paulsauve,

WHY?

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Look at Brother DCF-7065DN - $130 EACH from OfficeMax.com. Near as I can tell, meets ALL your criteria
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Hi finance_teacher,

I've had many Brother MFCs during many years and have been very happy with the laser ones (not the inkjets). Here's a link to all their monochrome lasers:
http://www.brother-usa.com/MFC/BW_Monochrome_Laser_Multifunction/

There are several that meet your specs, but I suggest the DCP-8155DN:

o  Up to 40ppm print and copy speeds (black&white only)
o  Ethernet (wired only) and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces
o  Automatic duplex (2-sided) print/copy/scan (no fax)
o  300-sheet standard paper capacity, expandable
o  50-page capacity auto document feeder for multi-page documents
o  Flatbed color scanning with a legal-size document glass
o  High-yield 8,000-page replacement toner cartridge available

The street price at Amazon is $360:
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-DCP8155DN-Monochrome-Printer-Scanner/dp/B008CJ0Y3O/

The high-yield toner cartridge is $78:
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Printer-TN750-Yield-Cartridge/dp/B0084JMCF0/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_y

At an estimated 8,000 pages, that's less than one cent per page.

Regards, Joe
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Do you have anything that does 11 x 17 page scanning ?
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As a separate device or on top of all your other specs in your initial post? Do you want the 11x17 on a flatbed, ADF, or both? If ADF, simplex or duplex?
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Has part of the original device, not separate

With simple ADF
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To be clear, you want all the specs in your initial post, and the 20+ page ADF must handle 11x17 simplex scanning – right?
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Yes
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Off the top of my head I don't know anything close to your price range (not even a refurb) that meets those specs. The 11x17 ADF is a killer. I'll do some research tomorrow, but I'm not hopeful.
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Okay

Anything around that range or little bit more expensive would be fine
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I'll keep that in mind, but the only products I'm aware of that meet all those specs are in the many thousands of dollars range. But maybe my research will turn up something. Btw, what monthly duty cycle do you need for printing? scanning?
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Okay what about 11 x 17 scan print copy with only 8 1/2 x 14 ADF ?

Making users manually feed 11 x 17 if needed ?
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It certainly helps not to need an 11x17 ADF, but even an 11x17 flatbed, along with a legal size ADF and laser printing, is going to be difficult to find in the $1K range.

Please answer the duty cycle question – it's a very important factor for printers and scanners.
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With or without scanning, a laser printer that handles 11x17 that size will be expensive. Inkjets of that size are available. Have a look at the Epson & Brother ranges. HP, Xerox and others have laser systems, but you're talking thousands of dollars.
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These are very low used printers.

Only 2000 pages per month, about 100 pages per day.

What do you recommend ?
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As hdhondt posted, there are inexpensive inkjets with 11x17. I didn't mention them because (i) you asked for a laser and (ii) dealing with inkjet cartridges is a pain – except for special purposes, such as printing photos, I do not recommend inkjets.

> What do you recommend ?

I haven't finished my research for you yet, but assuming I can't find the perfect device that matches your specs and price range, I recommend going with two devices. With a budget of $900/device, you could get the Brother DCP-8155DN for $360 (mentioned in my earlier post http:#a39816974), which meets all of your specs except the 11x17 one. It has legal size (8.5x14) paper tray, ADF, and flatbed. I'm guessing that most of the print/scan/copy usage will be letter and legal size, so this is where most of the work will go. Then with the $540/device left in your budget, get something to handle the 11x17 requirement. Two questions for you: (1) Do you need to print 11x17 or just scan/copy 11x17? (2) With just 100 pages per day, why do you need 10 of them? My guess is different locations, but wanted to be sure. Regards, Joe
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I need 10 printers at 10 different locations in a multiple-building campus.

Each printer only does about 100 pages / day and can cost over $2,000 / printer.
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> can cost over $2,000 / printer

What exactly do you mean by that?
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It sounds like it will be hard to get a good quality 11x17 that does print/scan/copy/ADF so I could probably purchase 9 of your recommendations, then spend more ($1,000+) on the 10th printer if needed since I need at least one 11x17 that does print/scan/copy/ADF with a 100 page/day usage.

Any suggestions ?

I don't want to pay over $1,000 for this device but am willing if needed.
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> I don't want to pay over $1,000 for this device but am willing if needed.

Here's what I don't get. Your budget is $9,000 (10x$900 in your initial post). If you purchase nine of the DCP-8155DN for $360 each, that's $3,240. This leaves $5,760 for the 10th device – make sense?
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Haven't heard back from you on my budget question, but if you're OK with that approach, take a look at the Lexmark X860de 3:
http://www.lexmark.com/US/en/view/Printers%20&%20MultiFunction/Lexmark-X860de-3/catId=cat170005-category&prodId=5276-product

It does everything you need at 11x17. Frankly, with a recommended monthly duty cycle of 10,000-39,000 pages, it's a crazy device to use for your volume of 100/day. But it meets all of your 11x17 requirements (laser/print/scan/copy/ADF), which is hard to find.

The price for a new one (in the $7k range) puts you over budget, but a refurbished one keeps you under budget. Here's an example at $4,200:
http://www.buyprinters.com/p6699-lexmark-x860de-mfp-laser?r160162161159

Depending on where you are, UPS Ground or 3-Day will add a few hundred dollars, so call it $4,500, still keeping you under your $9k budget. Btw, I know nothing about this <BuyPrinters.com> website. It's just an example of a refurb that keeps you under budget. Regards, Joe
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