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Mark18pll
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Buying a new printer

Evening all, I am looking to buy another Prusa and would like something a bit bigger than a mini but have a few questions. 

Is a used MK3s or Mk3s+ still a good buy and what would you expect to pay?  I also like the idea of updating on of it with the 3.5 upgrade as it seems to give some nice to haves but this would cost nearly £300.  

The problem is that if I do the upgrade and have already paid about £300 - £350 for a decent second hand Mk3s or + I am then getting close to new Mk4 money. 

Thanks Mark 

Posted : 22/02/2024 8:02 pm
mrstoned
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Here, Sweden, a used mk3s/+ goes for betweek 4-5000sek (3-350pund) while the used mini+ is about the same, altho fewer of them on the market.

I have one mini+ (setup with 0.6 and pla) and one mk3s+ (setup with 0.8 and petg/abs/asa) (both kits directly from prusa).

In my opinion a used mk3s/+ is a good value for the utility.

I'm looking to add another printer when i find one that is somewhat located nearby.

I'm not interested in the mmu-unit so for my needs, is different nozzlesizes and tuned printers to each material that is the most value for me.

Prusa Mini+ kit. BondTech extruder. FW 5.1.2
Prusa MK3S+ kit. Stock. FW 3.11.0
Prusa MK3S+, used. Stock. FW 3.13.3

Posted : 22/02/2024 8:13 pm
Bob
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RE: Buying a new printer

This post has nothing to do with this subject, but I'm very curious, is it Mr. Stoned, or Mrs. Toned.  Both are possible and create wildly different mental images.

🙂

Cheers

-Bob

Prusa I3 Mk2 kit upgraded to Mk2.5s, Ender3 with many mods, Prusa Mini kit with Bondtech heat break, Prusa I3 Mk3s+ kit

Posted : 22/02/2024 9:47 pm
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Mark18pll
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Topic starter answered:
RE:

Not sure what you mean Bob, would help if you explained a little. 

This post was modified 2 months ago by Mark18pll
Posted : 22/02/2024 9:49 pm
Bob
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RE: Buying a new printer

Look at the name of the person who responded to you before I did.

Cheers

-Bob

Prusa I3 Mk2 kit upgraded to Mk2.5s, Ender3 with many mods, Prusa Mini kit with Bondtech heat break, Prusa I3 Mk3s+ kit

Posted : 22/02/2024 9:56 pm
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jsw
 jsw
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RE: Buying a new printer

What are your requirements?  How large of a build volume do you need or want?

Posted : 22/02/2024 11:28 pm
mrstoned
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RE: Buying a new printer

It's Mr Stoned 🙂

From way-way back when C&C was "new" 

Prusa Mini+ kit. BondTech extruder. FW 5.1.2
Prusa MK3S+ kit. Stock. FW 3.11.0
Prusa MK3S+, used. Stock. FW 3.13.3

Posted : 23/02/2024 4:39 pm
nhand42
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RE: Buying a new printer

 

Posted by: @mark18pll

Evening all, I am looking to buy another Prusa and would like something a bit bigger than a mini but have a few questions. 

Is a used MK3s or Mk3s+ still a good buy and what would you expect to pay?  I also like the idea of updating on of it with the 3.5 upgrade as it seems to give some nice to haves but this would cost nearly £300.  

The problem is that if I do the upgrade and have already paid about £300 - £350 for a decent second hand Mk3s or + I am then getting close to new Mk4 money. 

For my money the load-cell sensor bed-levelling on the MK4 is a game changer and I wouldn't consider any printer without load-cell now. It really is that big a deal. Built-in WiFi + Prusalink on the MK4 is also a nice bonus. No more SD cards just print directly from Prusaslicer.

Other people will have different priorities but for me the only advantage of the MK3 is a slightly lower price. But my mentality is "buy once cry once". The money spent is soon forgotten but the printer is forever.

Posted : 25/02/2024 3:52 am
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