Do any of you have printers setup in your trucks?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Kickin Your Grass, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Okiebug003

    Okiebug003 LawnSite Member
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    I have a wireless printer and a laptop that i keep in the truck. Works great because you can print out a professional invoice on the spot. Plus people often ask for extra things to be completed, so this makes it as easy to change invoices. I have a 175 watt inverter and never had a problem.
  2. SuperDuty335

    SuperDuty335 LawnSite Member
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    Get a mid-sized inverter larger than 175w. You'll be glad you did.
  3. taxesblow

    taxesblow LawnSite Member
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    It it's truly a laser printer, then it's going to draw large amounts of electricity in surges to fuse the toner to the paper.

    Also, toner does not keep well in a hot truck, because it is a heat activated powder.

    I would consider getting an ink jet for the truck, and keep the laser for the office.
  4. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All of our service trucks use bluetooth printers and PDA's and print invoices on the spot. I just bought a new 1000w inverter, lol. Now I have a microwave, printer and I can charge my two phones and my PDA while I am in the field. Best yet, on the weekends I can tailgate with a TV. Sweet. I work out of a van (which even eliminates the need to stop at gas stations/fast food places once or twice a day) Self contained service van.
  5. coxslawncare

    coxslawncare LawnSite Member
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    My inkjet uses 18 W max, laser printers can use around 800 W
  6. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I find techno gadgets aren't always the most efficient.
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    few things.

    Dont even attempt using ANY laser unless your printing massive amounts of docs.

    Laser printers will use a surge of 1200+ watts at warmup or more, id say if your DEAD set on using that thing, a 1200+ would be where i'd feel safe with and make sure the truck is "running", printing even 10 pages for 1-2 minutes and your truck may not be able to crank over from that massive draw

    keep in mind your pulling 1200 watts into 120v AC, converts into something ridiculous like 250amps off 12v

    ... Buy a good HP 350 model inkjet or better that comes with a battery so you wont even need an inverter, theyre $300 or less depending on the model, quiet and last a long time.

    With all that, i have all of this type of equipment and i wont even consider it. We'd have to have them in every truck, theyd get dirty, multiple people using them and laptops, more paperwork errors etc. Unless you REALLY need it or wireless internet, leave it in the office and have some blank forms just to fill out at least temporarily.
  9. polerpoker

    polerpoker LawnSite Member
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    Haaahaa, Thats awesome, is a printer a techno gadget?? :) just playing, I always get a check and tell them i will send a invoice/reciept, I do however think a laptop in the truck would save me a lot of time.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    LOL I don't know but my netbook sure is, as is the GPS.
    See ...

    By the time I get the netbook booted (nevermind the software loaded or the printer going).
    I can have the dang receipt written out by hand, stuck in the door, and back in my truck already :p

    Not to mention the cost, I think one hand-written receipt costs me 2 or 3 cents, all in all.

    Now there might be something to monthly billing, that might be more efficient.
    But I can't keep up with that either LOL

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