11x14 vs 16x20 Paper Washer

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  1. Scott Ridgeway

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    I currently have an 11x14 Versalab print washer. I need to get the 16x20 version of this same washer. I'm trying to decide if I should sell the smaller and just use the larger one for everything. (Most of my printing is done at 11x14 and smaller.) Should I keep them both, switching them out as needed, or just use the larger one all the time? Convenience comes into play, as does water useage differences. Selling the smaller would also help to pay for the larger one. Any thoughts?

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    Well, maybe this is a simple argument to make, but would the larger washer use more water? Once it fills, wouldn't you circulate the same amount of water in/out the washer??
     
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    I'll give ya a $100 bucks fer the 11x14! :smile:
     
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    ...and you should also consider how much space you have.
     
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    I have the Versalab 11x14 washer and wish I had the 16x20. The smaller one takes up the entire sink (on an elevated platform so the siphoning will work) and weighs (according to the sheet that it came with) over 100 lbs when full. So if I had the larger one, it would have to go in a bathtub two floors away. If the water used and the weight isn't a problem though, go for the 16x20. For myself, I'll be making my own from a very large tub I bought at Home Depot, some plastic separators, and plastic tubing....and it will have to live in the upstairs tub when in use.