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Best in cab printer?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Advantage, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    For those of you who have one, which mobile printer is the best bang for my buck? I want to use one in my truck for estimates and such. I'm going to fully set up an office in my estimating truck this spring.

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    why not just email invoice/ estimates?
  3. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Im interested in this answer as well... all my bigger clients want hard copies instead of emails for filing purposes.
  4. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    That I've done but I'd like to have them in hand to try to close the deal right then and there. Besides a lot of people still don't use email.
  5. dlowkes7

    dlowkes7 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    i looked on amazon for in vehicle printers. they are expensive. cheapest one was 257, and average price was about 500. I would just get a small desktop type printer and hook it up to an inverter, also with a laptop or whatever other computer setup your using. can you post a pic of your setup so far? or anyone have pics who has a mobile office?
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011
  6. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

  7. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Thank you. That sounds like a nice machine. I'm not sure about inkjets though. More costly per page, possibility of ink being affected by temperature and humidity change if you don't take it out everyday. Have you noticed anything like that? I am looking at the Direct Thermal printers but they are more money up front.
  8. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    As far as extreme temperatures. I looked at it like this. I won't leave my laptop in the truck in those conditions, so I would just take my laptop inside at the same time as I would the printer. As far as more cost for ink....I refill my own cartridges. It doesn't cost much at all that way. We make all of our own flyers/mailings.
  9. Fourbycb

    Fourbycb Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    Here in Iowa the DOT and Law Enforcement have Printers in there cars to print tickets maybe they have them in your neck of the woods, ask and see maybe they can answer your question
  10. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    I would just go buy a small printer at wally world, if you have an inverter you can run any printer in the truckI never thought about keeping either (printer/laptop). in the truck, I have just used hand written estimates if they want it right then, if not i mailed them a copy either Email or regular mail.

    the printer that I have is a HP deskjet3500, its an older printer(sure they make something the same or smaller now), but its small as I have packed it from project to project for use in the hotel, its simple, easy to pack around and the ink is about 30 bucks for black.
    But for the cost of the printer you can just buy a new one when its out of ink, I think they under 30bucks at wally world now :)