Printer scanner for truck suggestions?

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Wallace, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Wallace

    Wallace Bobtail Member

    Oct 10, 2009
    Looking for suggestions for a printer scanner combo for in the truck to use with a laptop, what are you using that works well for this?

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  3. PharmPhailPartsReplacer

    PharmPhailPartsReplacer Not to be confused with DinosPartsReplacer

    Sep 7, 2009
    I use a Cannon , CanoScan LIDE 100 usb scanner with no problems
  4. Flying Finn

    Flying Finn Heavy Load Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I've been thinking of that too since the company I run for we do percentage and the sooner I can get POD the sooner they can bill and I get paid. That and not being in the office for long stints it makes their paperwork load a lot easier.

    I have been thinking of a laserjet style fax/copier/scanner/printer. I wouldn't use the fax but the copier and scanner would come in very handy. I just am a little concerned as to the ruggedness of the units.
  5. NFG

    NFG Light Load Member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Ball of Confusion
    I wonder about laser printer with all the vibration that the toner does not compact into a big junk of wax....
  6. statikuz

    statikuz Medium Load Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Reno Nevada
    The problem with a laser printer is the power requirements if you don't have a reasonably sized inverter - they can draw ~400+ W when printing.

    Tiny scanner:

    For printing I would just get the cheapest single-function laser you can find and it would probably do the trick. As long as you don't unnecessarily abuse it I'm sure it would be durable enough. You can scrounge one up from any of the major brands for $100-150.

    Of course this assumes you'll only be scanning things that you can feed single-sheet style. If you need a flatbed scanner then you'll have to get an multifunction like you're already thinking and those are going to take up a significant amount of room.
  7. Raiderfanatic

    Raiderfanatic Heavy Load Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Hutchinson, KS
    I have a HP I picked up from Walmart for 70 bucks. Works great. Printer, scanner and copier. Used it with my lap top or as a stand alone. Its the "HP Deskjet F4500" I've had it in the truck for over two months and no issues. Keep it unplugged unless I want to use it.

    That's similar to the one I got. I didn't get the flashdrive and mine is WIFI capable. Didn't see if that one is or not.
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  8. Old Tom

    Old Tom Light Load Member

    Sep 22, 2010
    SW Ontario
    I use a Canon MP240 printer/scanner. I just replaced the Black cartridge, I think it was around $18 for the large size. When that runs out and the color runs out, I'll throw it out and buy whatever is on sale at Staples/Best Buy, since for $50-60 it's cheaper than replacing the ink. I scan the BOL's in and email them right into the office. Same for Canada Customs docs to the broker - makes life really easy.
  9. Scott7975

    Scott7975 Light Load Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    Cortland, NY
    Replacing the printer is not cheaper then buying ink. New printers come with starter ink cartridges that are only about half to 3/4 full. There is a nice kodak printer that you can buy for about 100 bucks at walmart. You can get replacement color and black ink in one box for 20 bucks. You can also buy them seperate for 8 and 10 bucks each.
  10. soundman

    soundman Light Load Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Any trouble with ink cartridges freezing up if the truck is parked in below freezing temperatures over the weekend?
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  11. musicmaker

    musicmaker Medium Load Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Fort Madison, IA
    I use the hp printer/ scanner, copier, hp 4400. The paper feeds from the front so the front cover folds up, makes it easier to fit in the cabinet. I've had it a year now and no problems
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