I am almost ready to drop the money and get a decent 17" inkjet photo printer finally. I think I'll get the Epson Stylus Pro 3800. I've also been looking at the Canon iPF 5000 (and yes, I did notice this model's latest price drop) ... but at 41 kg/90 lbs this model is too large and too heavy for me.
The point is---I will need to move the printer occasionally (maybe twice a year or so). I will carry it down a stairway (alone, no help) and into the trunk of my car, and then back again.
Question: Can I haul a large desktop inkjet printer (the Epson 3800, specifically) around when it's set up and ready for operation (i. e. with all ink cartridges installed)? Or will I have to uninstall the cartridges, flush the ink lines, and lock any moving parts? If the latter, how much of an hassle is it to get the printer ready for transport/for operation, and much ink will get lost?
And oh, is there any information/rumour/announcement about an Epson 3880 yet?
From my limited experience and previous online research (read: not an overly informed opinion ), if the printer is kept level during the move, it isn't worth flushing the ink lines ($) before the move. I can't speak to the ability of one person to move the 3800, though I've heard it is fairly reasonably sized.
The ipf5000 would be impossible to move on your own and keep it level (likely just plain impossible to move on your own, at lest for most people).
Hope that is somewhat helpful!