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Epson LQ-2180Epson LQ 2180 B/W Dot-matrix printer

360 dpi x 360 dpi, A3, Parallel

High speed, high productivity, 24 pin wide carriage printer. The Epson LQ-2180 24 pin dot matrix printer is ideal for high volume data processing applications. Producing high quality output, it's exceptionally economical to run and ultra reliable across all stationery types. The Epson LQ-2180 has the ability to handle up to 6 part forms with the choice of bottom and rear paper paths, and the two standard tractor units facilitate the easy use of two different paper types. The use of an option... Read more

 

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DrFunfrock 2:11pm on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 
When I got my computer back in 1999 I chose the Epson Stylus color 777 printer; I wanted something that would perform very well in printing out my fam... Build Quality: average. When I first took this printer home, it felt nice and solid, and it felt like it would last.
niket 4:13am on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 
Great Device, Expensive Ink Big fan of the scanner, printer, etc. the best THE BEST PRINTER EVER, WAY BETTER QUALITY THAN HP, NICE SLEEK BLACK COVERING, GREAT TECHNIQUES. SEXY
grautu 9:50am on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 
Fascinating and informitive although there are some facta that get cut off or start partway through.... also the developer seems to love turkey facts Great app had it for a few months now and i look at the widget everytime im on my phone. Be cool if we could chose how often the fact changes.
dwa 9:45am on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 
Friend, at an academy for Epson printers, point 2 meeting that the fans not to cool, but the paper after the ink was on it. If I were the facts.
Andy Robinson 8:28am on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 
Print size up to A2 which is an attractive feature Rubber roller is uneven causing colour bleed at end of print Print size up to A2 which is an attractive feature Rubber roller is uneven causing colour bleed at end of print
jmut 7:23am on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 
Epson Stylus Pro 4800 I recently required a good professional printer for office use and one that had firewire connectivity and also one with a high r...
tilde 1:34pm on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 
Epson LQ 2180 is one of the dot matrix printers that are reliable. I know the printer is less than five years ago. Impressive 10,000 Power-On-Hour POH). Printer EPSON LQ - 2180 yield results of high-quality printing. Ease of use and flexibility in the paper loader,...
MartiniVodka 10:59pm on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 
HATE IT with a seething passion! BUYER BEWARE! I purchased the Epson joyfully to replace a HP model that just stopped printing. Waste of ink. I am using this 3-in-1 inkjet with my main desktop computer running Ubuntu linux. All functions work fine.
smikesh 3:37am on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 
Totally worth it. Some of the facts have typos, and some make zero sense at all, but the vast majority of the TEN THOUSAND facts are way cool! Get it
flare 4:39pm on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 
Even if you print exclusively in black and White, it expends color from the color cartridges which you MUST replace if you want to use the printer.

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EPSON LQ-2180 Impact Printer
F E AT U R E S BENEFITS Sharp, easy-to-read, letter-quality printing, even on multipart forms. Printing tasks are completed faster than comparable 24-pin printers. Prints virtually any multipart form with superior legibility on all parts Eliminates paper waste of both pre-numbered and standard forms Multiple paper paths allow printing of single sheet, continuous forms, labels, checks, multiple-size envelopes, spreadsheets, greenbar forms and much more.
ULTRA-FAST, ULTRA-DEPENDABLE LETTER-QUALITY IMPACT PRINTING FOR DEMANDING BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS.
Faster. More reliable. More versatile. Combine all three and youve got the EPSON LQ-2180 printer. It can print at draft speeds of up to 480 cps, making it one of the fastest 24 pin impact printers around. Its MTBF rating is an impressive 10,000 Power-On-Hours (POH) and its print head has a 400 million strokes/wire rating. Translation? The EPSON LQ-2180 gives you years of high-quality, carefree printing. Front, rear, bottom and top paper paths let you print single sheet, continuous forms, multipart forms, envelopes, labels, checks, greenbar forms, invoices and moreall from the same printer. The EPSON LQ-2180 can print up to 6-part forms (original + 5). Plus, its zero tear-off paper handling eliminates wasted pre-numbered and standard forms while saving both time and money. In fact, the EPSON LQ-2180 is so versatile, its the only impact printer your entire department or office needs. The EPSON LQ-2180 is ready to go right out of the box. Popular Windows printer drivers are standard. Add optional network interface boards and you can quickly connect it to an Ethernet network or a Type B device. Whether youre looking for your first letter-quality impact printer or looking to upgrade, take a close look at the EPSON LQ-2180, the ultra-reliable printer that gives you more for your impact printing dollar.
24-pin, wide carriage printing Prints at up to 480 cps high speed draft Print up to 6-part (original + 5) forms Zero tear-off paper handling Front, Rear, Bottom and Top paper paths
Compatible with most popular industry Windows 3.1x, Windows 95 and standard software. Windows NT 3.51/4.0 printer drivers Optional Ethernet and Type B interface cards MTBF rating of 10,000 POH with 400-million strokes/wire print head life Easy connectivity to popular networks for use within a multi-platform environment. Ultra-dependable and trouble-free printing for the entire department or office.
PRI I T R S ECI S P E C N F IEC A T IPO N S F I C A T I O N S Printing Method 24-pin, (12 x 2 staggered), impact dot matrix Print Direction Bidirectional with logic seeking Print Speed High Speed Draft Draft LQ 480 cps (10 cpi) 360 cps (10 cpi) 120 cps (10 cpi) Paper Handling (cont) Paper path Cut sheet Front/rear entry Continuous paper Front/rear/bottom entry Line spacing 1/6" or programmable by 1/360" Input data buffer 64KB or 0KB (user selectable) Interface Standard Bidirectional parallel interface (IEEE-P1284 nibble mode supported) Printer Language ESC/P2 and IBM 2391+ (IBM ProPrinter compatible) Reliability/Life Expectancy MVBF (Mean Print Volume Between Failure) 24 million lines (except print head) MTBF 10,000 power-on hours (POH) @25% duty Print head life 400 million strokes/wire Ribbon life 8 million characters (48 dots/character) Control Panel Buttons Operate, Pause, Load/Eject, LF/FF, Tear Off/Bin, Font, Pitch selection Indicators Pause, Paper Out, Micro Adjust, Tear Off/Bin selection, Pitch selection, Font selection Sound Level Approx. 54 dB(A) (ISO 7779 pattern) Environmental Conditions Temperature 41 to 95F; 5 to 35C Humidity 10 to 80% RH Power Requirements Voltage Frequency Power Consumption Physical Dimensions Width 25.16" Length 10.11" 120V AC 10% 50 to 60Hz Approx. 52W (ISO/IEC I0561 letter pattern) Depth Weight 15.82" Approx. 28.7 lb C272001 S015086 C800321 C806731 C806741 C823051 C823071 C823452 C823622 C823642 C823151 C823141
Print Characteristics Character sets 14 international; 1 legal Character code tables 13 tables: Italic, PC437, PC850, PC860, PC861, PC863, PC865, Abicomp, BRASC II, Roman 8, ISO Latin 1, PC858, 1508859-15 Bitmap fonts EPSON Draft 10, 12, 15; EPSON Roman 10, 12, 15 proportional; EPSON Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 proportional; EPSON Courier 10, 12, 15 cpi; EPSON Prestige 10, 12 cpi; EPSON Script 10 cpi; EPSON OCR-B 10 cpi; EPSON Orator 10 cpi; EPSON Orator-S 10 cpi; EPSON Script C Proportional Scalable fonts EPSON Roman 8 to 32 points; EPSON Sans Serif 8 to 32 points; EPSON Roman T 8 to 32 points; EPSON Sans Serif H 8 to 32 points Bar code fonts EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, PostNet Printable Columns Characters Per Line 10 cpi cpi condensed cpi cpi condensed cpi 204 Character Pitch (CP) 10 17.20 15
Paper Handling Cut sheet size (Single sheet or multipart) Width 3.9-16.5" (100-420mm) Length Max 16.5" (420mm) Envelopes No. 6, No. 10 Card Width 3.9-7.8" (100-200mm) Length Max 7.8" (200mm) Continuous paper size (Single sheet, multipart or labels) Width 4.0-16.0" (101-406mm) Length Max 22.0" (559mm) Paper thickness Cut sheet 0.0025-0.0055" (0.065-0.14mm) Cut sheet multipart forms thickness 0.0047-0.018" (0.12-0.46mm) Card thickness 0.0087" (0.22mm) Continuous paper multipart forms thickness 0.0025-0.018"(0.065-0.46mm) Paper feeding Friction feed (front/rear); Push tractor feed (front/rear); Push/pull tractor feed (front/rear); Pull tractor feed (front/rear/bottom) Copies Original + 5 copies

Product/Supplies Part Numbers EPSON LQ-2180 printer EPSON LQ-2180 ribbon fabric Pull Tractor Unit High Capacity Cut Sheet Feeder Second-Bin Cut Sheet Feeder InterfacesType B Serial 32KB Serial Bidirectional Parallel Multiprotocol Ethernet Print Server Multiprotocol Ethernet Print Server 10/100 Twinax Coax Warranty Two year limited in the U.S. and Canada SupportThe Epson ConnectionTM Pre-Sales Support U.S. and Canada Automated Technical Support Download Service Internet Website
800-463-7766 800-922-8911 800-442-2007 http://www.epson.com
Epson America, Inc. 20770 Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90503 Epson Canada, Ltd. 550 McNicoll, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2E1 Epson Latin America, Inc. 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126 1-305-265-0092
Specifications are subject to change without notice. EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. The World Leader in Impact Printing is a trademark and Epson Connection is a servicemark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Epson America, Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service. Copyright 1999 Epson America, Inc. CPD-7513 50K 1/99
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EPSON LQ-2180

paper guide cover printer cover

edge guides

paper guide paper separator
User Replaceable Part Paper guide cover Paper separator Paper tension unit Paper thickness lever cap Printer cover Rear edge guides Rear push tractor Ribbon cartridge Tractor (pull or front push)
Parts Price List Name Rear printer cover Paper separator Paper eject assembly Lever cap Printer cover assembly Rear edge guides Rear tractor assembly Ribbon cartridge Front tractor assembly
Part Number 1028340 n/a 1039012 S015086 1039013
front paper guide (closed) control panel knob

paper release lever

Options

Paper Handling Options

paper thickness lever shield plate

ribbon cartridge

High-capacity cut-sheet feeder (C80673V)
Feeds up to 150 sheets of paper, 25 plain bond envelopes, or 30 postcards into the printer without reloading. You can also load a stack of single-sheet multi-part forms up to 0.59 inch (15 mm) thick in this feeder.
Second-bin cut-sheet feeder (C80674V)
parallel interface tractor paper tension unit
Connects to the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder to create a double-bin cut-sheet feeder. You can load up to 50 sheets of ordinary single-sheet paper in the second-bin cut-sheet feeder.

Pull tractor (C80032V)

Improves continuous paper handling and reduces the chance of paper jams. Using a pull tractor in combination with a push tractor is especially useful for printing on continuous preprinted forms, multi-part forms, and labels, and also for printing high-quality graphics.
Roll paper holder (#8310)
front paper guide (open) front edge guides
Allows you to use your printer with 8.5-inch roll paper like that used with telex machines.
Note: The asterisk (V) is a substitute for the last digit of the product number, which varies by country.

User Replaceable Parts

User Replaceable Part Bottom cover Connector cover Connector cover screws (2) Front edge guides Front paper guide Knob Logo plate Parts Price List Name Bottom cover Upper connector cover C.B. S-tite screw Front edge guides Front cover Knob Logo plate Part Number 1039774

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Optional Interface Cards
You can install an optional interface card to supplement your printers built-in parallel interface and provide added network compatibility. The EPSON interface cards in the table below are compatible with your printer. (Not all interfaces are available in all countries.)
Model number C82305V / C82306V C82307V / C82308V C82310V / C82311V C82312V C82313V C82314V C82315V C82345V C82357V / C82362V / C82363V / C82364V Name Serial interface card 32KB serial interface card 32KB parallel interface card LocalTalk interface card 32KB IEEE-488 interface card Coax interface card Twinax interface card IEEE-1284 parallel interface card Ethernet interface card

Interfaces

One standard bidirectional, 8-bit, parallel interface with IEEE 1284 nibble mode support and one optional interface slot Friction (front or top paper entry) Push tractor (front or rear paper entry) Pull tractor (front, bottom, or rear paper entry) Push and pull tractor (additional tractor is required for front push and pull tractor combination) Cut-sheet feeder (optional) Roll paper holder (optional)

Paper feed methods

Paper feed speed
Continuous 5 inches/second Intermittent 45 ms/line at 1/6-inch line spacing
The asterisk (V) is a substitute for the last digit, which varies by country.

Printer Specifications

Mechanical
Printing method Printing speed 24-pin impact dot matrix High-speed draft 480 cps at 10 cpi maximum Draft 360 cps at 10 cpi Letter-quality 120 cps at 10 cpi Printing direction Bidirectional logic seeking for text and graphics printing. Unidirectional text or graphics printing can be selected using software commands. 1/6-inch or programmable in 1/360-inch increments 136 columns (at 10 cpi) Maximum dpi (letter quality) dpi (raster graphics)

Paper capacity

High-capacity cut-sheet feeder up to 150 sheets of 22 lb (82 g/m2) paper up to 25 plain or bond envelopes up to 30 airmail envelopes up to 30 postcards a stack of multi-part forms up to 0.59 inch (15 mm) thick
Note: The total thickness of the paper stack can be up to 0.59 inch (15 mm).
Second-bin cut-sheet feeder up to 30 airmail envelopes up to 30 postcards
Note: The total thickness of the paper stack can be up to 0.20 inch (5 mm).

Line spacing Printable columns Resolution

Buffer

64KB or 0KB (selectable in the default-setting mode or the EPSON Remote! utility)

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Built-in fonts

Bitmap fonts

EPSON Draft 10, 12, 15 cpi EPSON Roman 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Courier 10, 12, 15 cpi EPSON Prestige 10, 12 cpi EPSON Script 10 cpi EPSON OCR-B 10 cpi EPSON Orator 10 cpi EPSON Orator-S 10 cpi EPSON Script C proportional

Electrical

120 V Model Input voltage range Rated frequency range Input frequency range Rated current 99 to 132 V 220 to 240 V Model 198 to 264 V 50 to 60 Hz 49.5 to 60.5 Hz 1.0 A (maximum 4 A depending on the character type) 0.5 A (maximum 2 A depending on the character type)
Scalable fonts (selectable in 2-point increments)
EPSON Roman 10.5, 832 pt EPSON Sans Serif 10.5, 832 pt EPSON Roman T 10.5, 832 pt EPSON Sans Serif H 10.5, 832 pt

Power consumption

Approx. 52 W (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern)

Barcode fonts

EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET
This product is also designed for IT power systems with Phase to Phase voltage 220 to 240 V.
Note: Check the label on the back of the printer for the printers voltage.

Character tables

1 Italic table and 12 graphical character tables (34 graphical character tables are available in some countries) 14 international character sets and 1 legal character set Total print volume 24 million lines (except print head) MTBF 10,000 POH (25% duty) Print head life 400 million strokes/wire

Environmental

Temperature Operation Storage 41 to 95 F (5 to 35 C) 22 to 140 F (30 to 60 C) Humidity (without condensation) 10 to 80% RH 0 to 85% RH
Character sets Reliability
Note: Use recycled paper and envelopes only under normal temperature and humidity conditions, as follows: Temperature Humidity 59 to 77 F (15 to 25 C) 30 to 60% RH

Dimensions and weight

Height 10.1 inches (257 mm) Width 25.2 inches (639 mm) Depth 15.8 inches (402 mm) Weight 28.8 lb (13 kg)
Do not load paper that has been folded or is damaged, wrinkled, or curled.
Ordinary single sheets: front, top, and cut-sheet feeder entry

Ribbon

Black ribbon cartridge (S015086) Ribbon life 8 million characters (LQ, 10 cpi, 48 dots/character) Length
Front and Top 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) High capacity cut-sheet feeder 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) Second bin cut-sheet feeder 7.2 to 16.5 inches (182 to 420 mm) Front 5.8 to 16.5 inches (148 to 420 mm) Top 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) High capacity cut-sheet feeder 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) Second bin cut-sheet feeder 8.3 to 16.5 inches (210 to 420 mm)

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Thickness Weight 0.0025 to 0.0055 inch (0.065 to 0.14 mm) 14 to 24 lb (52 to 90 g/m )
Continuous paper (standard and multi-part): front, rear, and bottom entry
Width Length Copies Thickness
4.0 to 16.0 inches (101 to 406 mm) 4.0 to 22.0 inches (101 to 558 mm) 1 original + up to 5 copies Printable area 0.0025 to 0.018 inch (0.065 to 0.46 mm) Perforated edges up to 0.035 inch (0.9 mm)
Single-sheet multi-part forms: front, top, and cut-sheet feeder entry
Front and Top 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) High-capacity cut-sheet feeder 3.9 to 11.7 inches (100 to 297 mm) Front 5.8 to 16.5 inches (148 to 420 mm) Top 3.9 to 16.5 inches (100 to 420 mm) High-capacity cut-sheet feeder 3.9 to 11.7 inches (100 to 297 mm) 1 original + up to 5 copies 0.0047 to 0.018 inch (0.12 to 0.46 mm) 12 to 15 lb (40 to 58 g/m ) Line glue at the top of form (both front and top entry) Single side line glue (front entry only)

Length

Weight (not multi-part) 14 to 22 lb (52 to 82 g/m 2) Weight (one sheet of multi-part) 12 to 15 lb (40 to 58 g/m2) Binding Point glue or paper staples on both sides (front, bottom, or rear entry)
Copies Thickness Weight Binding
Note: Because thick multi-part forms require a straight paper path, load them in the front slot.
Continuous paper with labels: front and bottom entry
Envelopes: top entry only

Size Thickness Weight

No. 6: 6.5 3.6 inches (mm) No. 10: 9.5 4.1 inches (mm) 0.0063 to 0.0197 inch (0.16 to 0.52 mm) 12 to 24 lb (45 to 90 g/m2)
Label size (minimum) 0.938 2.5 inches (23.8 63.5 mm) 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) corner radius Backing sheet width 4.0 to 16.0 inches (101 to 406 mm) Backing sheet length (one page) 4.0 to 22.0 inches (101 to 558 mm) Backing sheet thickness 0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm) Total thickness 0.0063 to 0.0075 inch (0.16 to 0.19 mm) Label weight 17 lb (68 g/m2)
Roll paper: rear entry with optional roll paper holder only
Postcards: front and top entry

Width Length

3.9 to 5.8 inches (100 to 148 mm) Front 5.8 inches (148 mm) Top 3.9 to 5.8 inches (100 to 148 mm) 0.0087 inch (0.22 mm) 51 lb (192 g/m2)

Thickness Weight

Width Thickness Weight
8.5 0.12 inch (mm) 0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm) 14 to 22 lb (52 to 82 g/m2)

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Paper Alignment

Front entry

Printable Area
Single sheets, envelopes, and postcards
Printing starts at the arrow mark. The unprintable area is to the left of the arrow mark.

printable area

A The minimum top and bottom margins are 0.17 inch (4.2 mm). B The minimum left and right margins are 0.12 inch (3 mm). The maximum width is 16.5 inches (420 mm). The maximum printable width is 13.6 inches (345 mm). For paper wider than 13.8 inches (351 mm), the side margins increase to match the width of the paper.

Tear Off/Bin lights

t t t t
f f when continuous paper is in the tear-off position. o n when bin 1 of the optional cut-sheet feeder is selected. n o when bin 2 of the optional cut-sheet feeder is selected. n n when the printer is in the card mode. n = on, o = off, f = flashing

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LF/FF button
Feeds paper line by line. Ejects a single sheet or advances continuous paper to the next top-of-form position when held down.
State of panel lights n Paper Out n Pause

Beep pattern

Problem Solution No paper is loaded in the selected paper source. Load paper in the printer. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.

Load/Eject button

Loads a single sheet of paper. Ejects a single sheet of paper if a sheet is loaded. Loads continuous paper from the standby position. Feeds continuous paper backward to the standby position.

f Paper Out n Pause

The paper is not loaded correctly. Remove your paper and reload it correctly. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.
Paper is jammed in the printer. Clear the paper jam.

Micro Adjust

When the Pause button is held down for three seconds, the printer enters the micro adjust mode. Using the micro adjust feature, you can adjust the top-of-form or tear-off position with the D and U buttons.

Operate button

Continuous paper is not fed to the standby position. Tear off the printed document at the perforation; then press the Load/ Eject button. The printer feeds the paper to the standby position. Press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light.
Turns the printer on and off. The printer is off when the top of this button is even with the button protectors.
A single sheet of paper is not fully ejected. Press the Load/Eject button to eject the sheet. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.

Error Indicators

You can identify many common printer problems using the lights on the control panel. If your printer stops working and one or more control panel lights are on or flashing or the printer beeps, use the following table to diagnose and fix the problem. If you cant fix your printer problem using this table, go to the next section.

Note: The tractor in the rear push position cannot be removed.
Tractor position Description To use this tractor, load paper in the front slot. If you print on thick paper such as multi-part forms or continuous paper with labels, load the paper in the front paper slot because the paper path from this slot is almost straight. This reduces the chance of paper jams. front push To use this tractor, load paper in the rear slot. Note: Because thick multi-part forms require a straight paper path, load them in the front slot. Caution: Do not load continuous paper with labels in the rear slot. The labels may come off their backing sheet inside the printer and cause a paper jam.
The letters ABC above are printed at the top-of-form position.

Tear-off Position

Your continuous paper is in the tear-off position when the perforation is aligned with the printers tear-off edge. You can easily tear off your printed document when your paper is in this position.

Standby Position

Your continuous paper is in the standby position when it is attached to the tractor but not loaded in the printer.

rear push

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Using a pull tractor Using the push and pull tractors in combination
If you often print on thick or heavy continuous paper, such as multi-part forms or continuous paper with labels, use a tractor in the pull position. The pull tractor provides the best paper jam prevention, and allows you to load continuous paper from the front, rear, or bottom of the printer. However, you cannot use the tear-off feature with the pull tractor.
Note: If you plan to use a pull tractor, you can remove the tractor from the front push position and install it in the pull position, or you can purchase the optional pull tractor (C80032V) and install it in the pull position.
To improve continuous paper feeding and reduce paper jams, you can use two tractors at the same time. This is especially helpful for printing on continuous preprinted forms, multipart forms, or labels, and for printing high-quality graphics. When using two tractors in combination, you can load paper in the front paper slot onto the front push and the pull tractors, or load paper in the rear paper slot onto the rear push and the pull tractors.
Combination Description To use the front push tractor with the pull tractor, you need to purchase the optional pull tractor (C80032V) and install it in the pull position. front push and pull To use the rear push tractor with the pull tractor, you need to remove the standard tractor that comes in the front push position and install it in the pull position. Note: Because thick multi-part forms require a straight paper path, load them in the front slot. Caution: Do not load continuous paper with labels onto the rear push tractor even when it is used in combination with the pull tractor. If you load continuous paper with labels onto the rear push/pull tractor, the labels may come off their backing sheet inside the printer and cause a paper jam.

Note: If the printed image is smeared, you may need to set the paper thickness lever one position higher to improve print quality. If the printed image is faint or has many gaps, you may need to set the paper thickness lever one position lower to improve print quality.
Loading Continuous Paper with Labels
When printing on labels, use only the type of labels that are mounted on continuous backing sheets with sprocket holes for use with a tractor feeder. Do not try to print on single sheets with labels because the printer may not feed labels on a shiny backing sheet properly. Thick paper, such as continuous paper with labels, requires a straight or almost straight paper path. You can load labels in the front (push tractor or pull tractor) or bottom (pull tractor) paper slot; however, for best results, use the tractor in the pull position and load paper in the front or bottom paper slot.

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You load labels the same way you load ordinary continuous paper, except you must set the paper thickness lever to 2 before printing.
Caution: Do not load continuous paper with labels in the rear paper slot because the paper path from the rear slot is curved; labels may come off their backing sheet inside the printer and cause a paper jam. Never use the tear-off feature (by pressing the Tear Off/Bin button or turning on the auto tear-off mode) to feed continuous paper with labels backward; they may come off their backing sheet and jam the printer. Because labels are sensitive to temperature and humidity, use them only under normal operating conditions, as follows: Temperature 59 to 77 F (15 to 25 C) Humidity 30 to 60%RH Do not load continuous paper with labels that is damaged, curled, or wrinkled. Do not leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they may curl around the platen and jam when you resume printing.
Using the Front Push Tractor
To use the front push tractor, load continuous paper in the front slot. For more information on when to use the front push tractor, see Available Paper Paths on page 8.
Note: The tractors are installed in the front push and rear push positions when the printer is shipped. The rear push tractor cannot be removed.
Installing the tractor in the front push position
If a tractor is installed in the front push position, skip to the next section, Loading paper onto the front push tractor. If a tractor is installed in the pull position, you need to remove it, and replace the paper tension unit before using the front push tractor. To install the tractor in the front push position, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is turned off. 2. Open the front paper guide by pulling the tab at the center of the guide. Then remove the guide by grasping both sides and pulling it straight out of the printer.
Removing continuous paper with labels
To avoid peeling labels off the backing sheet and jamming the printer, follow the steps below when you remove continuous paper with labels from the printer. 1. After you finish printing, tear off the fresh supply of continuous labels at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot.

3. Insert the tractor into the printers mounting slots and press down both ends of the tractor to make sure that it is firmly seated.
2. Hold down the LF/FF button to eject the remaining labels from the printer.
Caution: Never press the Load/Eject or Tear Off/Bin button. When fed backward, labels can easily come off the backing sheet and cause a paper jam.
You are now ready to load continuous paper onto the front push tractor as described in the next section.

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Loading paper onto the front push tractor
To load paper onto the front push tractor, follow these steps: 1. Open the front paper guide by pulling the tab at the center of the guide. Then remove the guide by grasping both sides and pulling it straight out of the printer. Check that the tractor is installed in the front push position.
4. Slide the left sprocket to the left margin of your paper using the arrow mark inside the printer. (Printing starts at the arrow mark.) Then pull the lever forward to lock it in place.
Note: See Paper Alignment and Printable Area on page 5 for more information on the left margin position.
2. Set the paper release lever to the front push tractor position. Also set the paper thickness lever (located under the printer cover) to the proper position for your papers thickness.
5. Slide the right sprocket to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper support midway between the two sprockets as shown in step 4. 6. Open both sprocket covers. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge and fit the first four holes of the paper, printable side up, over the tractor pins. Then close the sprocket covers.
3. Release the left and right sprockets by pushing the sprocket lock levers backward.
7. Slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper; then lock it in place by pulling the sprocket lock forward.

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8. Attach the front paper guide by sliding it along the printers mounting slots as shown below. Then close the front paper guide. 11. After you finish printing, follow the steps in the next section to tear off your printed document. If the first printed line on your page appears too high or low, you can fix this using the micro adjust feature as described in Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position on page 22.
Caution: Never use the knob to adjust the top-of-form position while the printer is turned on; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form position. The knob can be used when the printer is turned off only.

Caution: Do not load continuous paper with labels in the rear paper slot; the labels may come off their backing sheet inside the printer and cause a paper jam.
To remove the printed document, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the Tear Off/Bin lights are flashing. (This indicates your paper is at the current tear-off position.) You may need to press the Tear Off/Bin button to advance the paper to the tear-off position. 2. Open the paper guide cover, and tear off the printed document using the tear-off edge of the printer.
To further reduce the chance of paper jams and improve the performance of continuous paper, you can use two tractors in combination. When using this printing method, you load your paper onto both the front push tractor and the pull tractor, or both the rear push tractor and the pull tractor. For more information, see Using two tractors in a push and pull combination on page 20.
Note: If your papers perforation is not properly aligned with the tear-off edge, you can adjust the tear-off position using the micro adjust feature. For more information, see Adjusting the tear-off position on page 23. Caution: Never use the knob to adjust the tear-off position while the printer is turned on; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off position. The knob can be used when the printer is turned off only.
Installing the tractor in the pull position
To install a tractor in the pull position you must either remove the front push tractor or install the optional pull tractor (C80032V). To remove the front push tractor, see Removing the front push tractor on page 15.
3. Close the paper guide cover. 4. To remove the remaining paper from the printer, press the Load/Eject button to feed the paper backward to the standby position. Then open the sprocket covers of the tractor and remove the paper. When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position and starts printing.
To install a tractor in the pull position, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Lift the printer cover up and off the printer.

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2. Push up the tabs on each side of the paper tension unit and lift the unit up and off the printer. Store the paper tension unit in a safe place. 3. Set the paper release lever to the pull tractor position. Also set the paper thickness lever to the proper position for your papers thickness.
3. Lower the tractor into the printers mounting slots and press down both ends of the tractor to make sure that it is firmly seated.
4. Release the left and right sprockets by pulling the sprocket lock levers forward.
5. Slide the left sprocket to the left margin of the paper using the scale on the paper guide. (Printing starts at the arrow mark.) Then push the lever back to lock it in place.

You are now ready to load continuous paper onto the pull tractor as described in the next section.
Loading paper onto the pull tractor
When using the pull tractor, load continuous paper in the front or bottom slot, if possible; loading paper in the rear slot may increase the chance of a paper jam.
Caution: Do not load continuous paper with labels in the rear paper slot; the labels may come off their backing sheet inside the printer and cause a paper jam. Note: See Paper Alignment and Printable Area on page 5 for more information on the left margin position.
To load paper onto the pull tractor, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is turned off, and the printer cover is removed. Also check that a tractor is installed in the pull position. 2. Slide the edge guides to the middle of the paper guide.

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6. Slide the right sprocket to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper support midway between the two sprockets as shown above. Then open both sprocket covers. 7. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge. 2/99
8. Insert the paper into the front, bottom, or rear paper slot as described below until it emerges between the platen and the ribbon guide. Then pull up the paper until the perforation between the first and second pages is even with the top of the printers ribbon. 11. If you use the front slot, attach the front paper guide with the continuous paper positioned as shown below. Then close it. If you use the rear slot, replace the paper guide and make sure the edge guides are together in the middle of the paper guide.
Before you load paper in the front slot, remove the front paper guide. Then load paper printable side up.

front paper guide

Load paper in the bottom slot printable side up (forward).
12. Turn on the printer. 13. Remove any slack in the paper and adjust the top-of-form position (the position where the printer will start printing) by pressing the LF/FF button or using the micro adjust feature. (To use the micro adjust feature, see Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position on page 22.) The printer will start printing at the current position without advancing the paper.
Caution: Never use the knob to remove slack in the paper or to adjust the top-of-form position while the printer is turned on; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form position. The knob can be used when the the printer is turned off only. Always remove any slack from the paper; otherwise print quality may be reduced.
Before you load paper in the rear slot, remove the paper guide. Then load paper in the rear slot printable side down.
9. Fit four holes of the paper over the tractor pins on both sprockets. Then close the sprocket covers. 10. Slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper; then lock it in place by pushing the sprocket lock back.
14. Attach the printer cover and close the paper guide cover.

15. You may need to check and change the printer driver settings. When the printer receives data, it automatically loads the paper and starts printing. As shown below, the printed pages are fed over the paper guide toward the back of the printer.

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16. After you finish printing, open the paper guide cover; then tear off the printed document at the perforation nearest the paper exit slot.

tear off here

To load paper onto two tractors, follow these steps: 1. Remove the printer cover and paper guide. 2. Make sure one tractor is in the front or rear push position and one tractor is in the pull position. Set the paper release lever to either the front push or rear push tractor position, depending on which push tractor you are using. Also, set the paper thickness lever to the proper position for your papers thickness. 3. Load paper onto the front or rear push tractor as described earlier in this chapter. 4. Turn on the printer. 5. Press the Load/Eject button to advance the paper to the top-of-form position. Then press the LF/FF button until the perforation between the first and second pages is even with the top of the printers ribbon.
Removing paper from the pull tractor
1. After you finish printing, tear off the fresh supply of paper at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot.
6. Attach the paper to the pull tractors sprockets as described in Loading paper onto the pull tractor on page 18.
7. Set the paper release lever to the pull tractor position. Then remove any slack in the paper between the push and pull tractors using the micro adjust feature, if necessary. 8. Move the paper release lever back to the push tractor position you set in step 2. 9. Adjust the top-of-form position using the micro adjust feature as described in Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position on page 22. The printer will start printing at the current position without advancing the paper.
Caution: Never use the knob to remove slack in the paper or to adjust the top-of-form position while the printer is turned on; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form position. The knob can be used when the printer is turned off only. Always remove any slack from the paper; otherwise print quality may be reduced.

2. Hold down the LF/FF button to eject the paper from the printer.
Using two tractors in a push and pull combination
To improve continuous paper feeding and reduce paper jams, you can use two tractors at the same time. When using two tractors in combination, you can load paper in the front paper slot onto both the front push and the pull tractors, or in the rear paper slot onto both the rear push and the pull tractors. To use the front push tractor with the pull tractor, you need to purchase the optional pull tractor (C80032V). Install the optional pull tractor as described on page 17, Installing the tractor in the pull position. To use the rear push tractor with the pull tractor, you can remove the tractor from the front push position, and install it in the pull position.
10. Attach the paper guide. Then slide the edge guides to the middle of the paper guide. 11. Attach the printer cover and close the paper guide cover.

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12. You may need to check and change the printer driver settings. When the printer receives data, it automatically loads the paper and starts printing. As shown below, the printed pages are fed over the paper guide toward the back of the printer. 5. To replace the paper tension unit, lower it onto the printers mounting pegs. Then press down both ends of the unit until it clicks into place.
13. After you finish printing, open the paper guide cover; then tear off the printed document at the perforation nearest the paper exit slot.
Removing the pull tractor
6. Replace the paper guide and printer cover. Then close the paper guide cover.
To remove the tractor from the pull position, follow these steps: 1. Remove any paper loaded on the pull tractor. 2. Turn off the printer. Then remove the printer cover and lift the paper guide up and off the printer. 3. Press the tractors lock tabs, tilt the tractor toward you, and lift it off the printer.

lock tab

Switching Between Printing on Continuous Paper and Printing on Single Sheets
You can easily switch back and forth between printing on continuous paper with a push tractor and printing on single sheets without having to remove or reload paper.
Switching to printing on single sheets
To switch from printing on continuous paper with the front or rear push tractor to printing on single sheets, follow the steps below.
Note: If continuous paper with labels is loaded in the printer, remove it before switching to single-sheet printing. See Removing continuous paper with labels on page 12. If a tractor is in the pull position, remove any continuous paper from it before switching to single-sheet printing. See Removing paper from the pull tractor on page 20.

International character set for Italic table 0 slash High-speed draft Input buffer Buzzer Auto CR (IBM 2391Plus)**
6. Replace the printer cover, and the paper guide if necessary. Then close the paper guide cover. 7. Press the Operate button to turn on the printer. Make sure the Paper Out and Pause lights are off.
A.G.M. (IBM 2391Plus) ** Font Roll paper
The options available vary depending on the country. These settings take effect only when IBM 2391 Plus emulation is selected.
About Your Printers Default Settings
The printers default settings control many printer functions. While you can often set these functions through your software or printer driver, you may sometimes need to change a default setting from the printers control panel using the defaultsetting mode. The following table lists the default settings and the options you can select in the default-setting mode. To change the default settings, see Changing Default Settings on this page.
Settings Page length for front tractor* Page length for rear tractor* Skip over perforation Auto tear off Auto line feed Print direction I/F mode Auto I/F wait time Software Options Length in inches: 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 11, 70/6, 12, 14, 17 Length in inches: 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 11, 70/6, 12, 14, 17 On, Off On, Off On, Off Auto, Bi-D, Uni-D Auto, Parallel, Optional 10 seconds, 30 seconds ESC/P2, IBM 2391 Plus
Changing Default Settings
Follow the steps below to enter the default-setting mode and change the printers default settings.
Note: To print the language selection and default-setting mode instructions, you need three sheets of letter- or A4-size single-sheet paper or three pages of continuous paper that is at least 11 inches (279 mm) long and 8.27 inches (210 mm) wide. If you use single sheets, you need to load a new sheet of paper each time the printer ejects a printed sheet.
1. Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is turned off.
Caution: Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds before turning it back on; otherwise you may damage the printer.
2. Hold down the Pitch button while you press the Operate button to turn on the printer. The printer enters the default-setting mode and prints the language selection instructions (one page). 3. Press the Pitch button until the Pitch lights indicate the language you want, as described in the language selection instructions.

 

Technical specifications

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High speed, high productivity, 24 pin wide carriage printer. The Epson LQ-2180 24 pin dot matrix printer is ideal for high volume data processing applications. Producing high quality output, it's exceptionally economical to run and ultra reliable across all stationery types. The Epson LQ-2180 has the ability to handle up to 6 part forms with the choice of bottom and rear paper paths, and the two standard tractor units facilitate the easy use of two different paper types. The use of an optional motorized cut-sheet feeder reduces paper handling time and ensures optimum paper throughput.

General
Printer TypePersonal printer - dot-matrix - 24 pin - monochrome
Form FactorDesktop
Width25.2 in
Depth15.8 in
Height10.5 in
Weight28.7 lbs
LocalizationEnglish / United States
Printer
Print SpeedUp to 480 char/sec - max speed Up to 360 char/sec - draft Up to 120 char/sec - best
Connectivity TechnologyWired
InterfaceParallel
Max Resolution ( B&W )360 dpi x 360 dpi
PostScript SupportNot available
Language SimulationEPSON ESC/P 2, IBM PPR, IBM 2391 Plus
Fonts Included10 x bitmapped 4 x scalable 8 x barcode
RAM
RAM Installed ( Max )64 KB / 64 KB (max)
Technology / Form FactorIntegrated
Media Handling
Media Path TypeStraight
Media TypeEnvelopes, greeting cards, labels, plain paper, continuous forms
Max Media Size (Custom)16.5 in x 22 in
Media SizesLetter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in), B4 (9.83 in x 13.9 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in)
Envelope SizesUS No 10 (4.1 in x 9.5 in), US No 6 (3.6 in x 4.2 in)
Card / Label SizesA6 Card (4.13 in x 5.83 in)
Media Feeder(s)1 x manual load - A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)
Duty Cycle
Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle8 million characters
Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty1
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free)1 ( 1 ) x Epson Type B - type B
Connections1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 36 pin Centronics
Miscellaneous
Mounting KitNot required
Power
Power DevicePower supply - internal
Voltage RequiredAC 120 V ± 10%
Frequency Required50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational52 Watt
Software / System Requirements
Software IncludedDrivers & Utilities
OS RequiredMicrosoft DOS, Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98, Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support2 years warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - parts and labor - 2 years - carry-in
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature41 °F
Max Operating Temperature95 °F
Humidity Range Operating10 - 80%
Sound Emission54 dBA
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandEpson
Part NumberC272001
GTIN00010343822245, 00010343815766, 00807027547156

 

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