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Epson ActionPrinter 5500 - Ribbon Cartridge
  OVER 50

Price:  $1.89
Product Description
Ribbon Cartridge for Epson ActionPrinter 5500 Impact Printer

This printer ribbon cartridge will yield 2000000 characters.

This product comes with a 6 month Warranty against any defects (including free replacement). We stand behind our products 100%, as these are not manufactured by Epson.

What is Printer Ribbon? Printer Ribbon is often used in dot-matrix, thermal imaging & impact printers. Fax machines commonly use thermal printers to facilitate rapid printing speeds. The ribbon has a wax-like texture that is melted down and applied to paper to create the printed page.

Product Manuals
How to Install a Ribbon Cartridge in the Epson ActionPrinter 5500
Upon initial setup of the Epson ActionPrinter 5500 printer an ink ribbon will need to be installed. Once the print quality supplied by this ribbon becomes faint to the point of no longer being acceptable, it is time to install a new ribbon.
NOTE: DO NOT use ribbons designed for 9 pin printers in the Epson ActionPrinter 5500.

The power should be off on the Epson ActionPrinter 5500 when replacing the ribbon and as a safety precaution the power cord should not even be plugged in. If a printer cover is installed, lift it up and off the printer. The plastic paper tension unit must also be lifted out of the machine while holding it by both ends.

Slide the print head by hand to the center of the printer (never do this while the printer is turned on). Turn the ribbon tightening knob counter clockwise to tighten up the ribbon, making it easier to install. Hold the new cartridge by its handle and drop it carefully down into its position, being sure that the plastic hooks on the cartridge are aligned with the printer correctly.

The ribbon itself must be guided manually into its position between the print head and the ribbon guide. It is best not to use your fingers for this. Instead, use a small pointy object such as a ball point pen but be careful not to crease or tear the ribbon. Use the ribbon tightening knob to assist in positioning the ribbon, and make sure it is pulled taught when finished.

Make sure that the print head moves smoothly from side to side by manually sliding it left and right. Be extra sure that the ribbon is not twisted or this will damage it. If everything is done properly, the paper tension unit can be reinstalled by lowering it onto its pegs first, then lowering the front of the unit. It should click into position.

The printer cover can also be reinstalled if desired and the power may now be reinstated to make sure that the printer has returned to fully operational status.
Running a Test on the Epson ActionPrinter 5500
After a new ribbon cartridge is installed, or when the Epson ActionPrinter 5500 is acting up, a test can be run to make sure that there are no problems with the mechanics of the printer itself. To run a self test, continuous paper or single sheets of paper can be used, it does not matter. This procedure specifically will assume the use of single sheets.

With the printer turned OFF to begin with, be sure that the paper is set to the single sheet position. Hold down the line feed/form feed button marked LF/FF while you turn the printer on. The printer will then make a beeping sound and the platen will rotate.

Move the paper guides to make sure that they match the width of the paper that is to be printed on, then insert a piece of paper and the printer will begin on its own. Press the PAUSE button if needed and the LOAD/EJECT button when finished.
Epson ActionPrinter 5500 Ribbon Cartridge (OEM) 2,000,000 Characters
Epson OVER 50

Price:  $9.89
Epson ActionPrinter 5500 Pull Tractor Unit (OEM)

Price:  $85.89

Epson ActionPrinter 5500 Review


With the Epson ActionPrinter 5500 you get outstanding performance and excellent copies. This device uses a X-pin dot matrix.
The printer is 5.9 inches by 24 inches which won’t take up a lot of space. The depth of the printer is 14.5 inches and it weighs 20 pounds. It comes with a parallel interface and offers features like data format, synchronization, handshake timing, signal level and connector. The control language which this printer uses is ESC/p2. As a result you can print outstanding copies and prints.
With this printer you get:
• Printer cover
• Paper guide
• Edge guides
• Paper release lever
• Front-edge guide
• Front cover
• Operate switch
• DIP switches


The Epson ActionPrinter 5500 is an outstanding choice for any office. It offers outstanding print speeds which will save you money. Furthermore the first copy is out in less than 10 seconds. This printer handles a lot of paper and does it easily.

When printing text it does an outstanding job. There is no smudging and four point fonts can easily be read.

The Epson ActionPrinter 5500 supports ESC/P commands to a larger extent and can support applications of other Epson SQ and LQ printers. The control panel design is unique and allows you to select from 9 famous letter fonts. This printer has a big carriage which can accommodate paper of size 14 inches.


Sometimes you will see an error message even when there is no error. Simply turn off the printer and turn it back on and the error message should go away.

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