Epson DFX8500



The racehorse choice for workhorse printing.

Epson DFX-8500 Dot Matrix Multiform Impact Printer
Fully refurbished with 90-day warranty

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Charging out of the gate comes a swift and superbly reliable performer for high volume, heavy duty business printing: the EPSON DFX-8500 impact printer. In the toughest environments, the DFX-8500 speeds through demanding print jobs at up to 1120 characters per second. Day after day, you can count on it to race through everything from accounting reports, spreadsheets and seven-part forms to shipping documents, and mailing labels.

The DFX-8500 runs fast on most network "tracks," too. Its built-in Type B interface slot accepts optional interface boards to connect with your Ethernet, Twinax and/or Coax network. That means this printer fits in whatever business you're in.

Windows users can even program this hard-running workhorse to "remember" up to eight different forms and two special paper types. Simply preset the form utility and the printer recalls which paper, paper size and paper path goes with a particular printing task.

The DFX-8500 also adjusts automatically for varying paper thickness and, using the optional perforation cutter, cuts pre-perfed forms far more precisely. All of these features are so reliable that the DFX-8500 carries the Epson one-year limited on-site, one year carry-in warranty. Isn't that the kind of thoroughbred confidence you look for when you lay your money down on a printer? It's the fast-running workhorse for heavy-duty business printing.

Product Specifications:
Printing Method9-pin, impact
Print DirectionText Mode: Bidirectional
Graphics Mode: Unidirectional (bidirectional via software)
Print Speed
High Speed Draft:
Near Letter Quality:
Near Letter Quality:

1120 cps (10 cpi)
1008 cps (12 cpi)
840 cps (10 cpi)
252 cps (12 cpi)
210 cps (10 cpi)
Character Matrix9 x 9 SuperDraft mode 9 x 12
Draft mode(10 cpi) 18 x 24
Near Letter Quality mode (10 cpi)
Character Sets11 character tables, 13 international character sets
Resident FontsEpson SuperDraft: 10 cpi
Epson Draft: 10, 12, 15
Epson NLQ Roman: 10, 12, 15, proportional Epson NLQ San Serif: 10, 12, 15, proportional
8 Bar Code Fonts: EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-B, Code-39, Code-128, POSTNET
Column Width
10 cpi
12 cpi
15 cpi
17 cpi
20 cpi

Line spacing
Page length
Perforation skip

10 sets vertical tabs, 32 horizontal tabs
1/6", 1/8" or programmable (min 1/216"]
3.5" minimum for forms with labels
Skip over perforation programmable in lines
Bit Image Resolution60--240 horizontal dpi by 72--216 dpi mixable with text on a line
Paper Feed MechanismDual push tractors/paper paths; automatic back-out and loading; automatic paper thickness adjustment; automatic paper width detection; micro-adjustment for top-of-form and tear-off mode; adjustable tractor feed; perforation cutter (optional); paper cutter (optional) and pull tractor (optional)
Paper Feed SpeedApproximately 17 ms/line at 1/8" line spacing; 10" per second (continuous feed); 26 ms/line (intermittent feed)
Paper HandlingContinuous: 4.0" to 16.0" Labels: 2.5" x .94" (min)
Paper Weight

14 to 22 lb
11 to 15 lb
Paper Thickness
Front load
Rear load

Up to seven copies (original + 6) maximum; total thickness 0.021 inches
Up to six copies (original + 5) total thickness 0.018 inches
Interfaces (Standard)Parallel and RS-232C Serial
CompatibilityESC/P, IBM 2380+/2381+
Buffer128 KB or 0 KB
Sound Level58dB (A)
Physical Dimensions

63.9 lb
Power Requirements99-132 VAC, 50 - 60Hz .5Hz; 160 watts; 120-volt
Operating TemperatureFahrenheit: +41 to 95
Celsius: 5 to +35
Storage TemperatureFahrenheit: -22 to +158
Celsius: -30 to 60
Operating Humidity10% to 80% RH
Storage Humidity5% to 85% RH
Vibration.25 G, 55Hz (maximum)
Reliability/Life Expectancy
Total Print Volume (TPV):
Print head:

26 million lines (except print head)
10,000 POH at 25% duty cycle, 35% coverage
400 million characters
15 million, draft, 14 dots per character
Product Codes/Accessory Part Numbers
C204001:DFX-8500 printer
8766:DFX-8500 ribbon
C815071:Perforation cutter
C815001:Paper cutter
8502:Printer stand

Interface boards - Type B:
C823071: 32KB Serial interface board
C823452: Bidirectional Parallel interface board
C823622: Multiprotocol Series 2 Type B Ethernet
Print Server
C823642: Multiprotocol 10/100 Base-TX Type B
Ethernet Print Server(with AC adapter)
C823151: Twinax interface board
C823141: Coax interface board

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