Looking for a high volume Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) printer

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by greentofu, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. greentofu macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Hi guys

    I am looking for a high volume Automatic Document Feeder printer for a small office.

    I prefer the smaller printer however the max volume I could find was around 70 pages for the ADF function.

    The highest small printer with high volume ADF function I found was this one below, which can scan 70 pages:


    Anything higher volume I can only see it is available from those larger industrial office ones which is too big and not necessary.

    Would appreciate if anyone can help me find a high volume ADF printer?

  2. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I know nothing about high volume feeders, but it would help you to get an answer if you stated what kind of volumes you are looking to scan. 1,000 pages? 10,000 pages? How often? 1,000 pages every day? Once a month? Only A4 pages or various sizes? Is it a single 1000-page job or lots of different 5-page jobs?
  3. kschendel macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2014
    The 70 pages you quote is just the size of the document feeder. Is that your concern, or is it speed of scanning?

    I'm going to bet that you can't find a much higher capacity feeder without going to a much larger and fancier feed mechanism, because the weight of the paper starts to make it difficult to shuffle one page off the bottom. Besides, if the scanner works at say 10 seconds a page (which sounds reasonably fast to me), that's still 11 minutes of feed time before you have to restock the ADF.

    So, as RedTomato asks, what are you really trying to accomplish here?
  4. greentofu thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Hi Red Tomato:

    Thanks for your insight and reply. I will be using the document feeder to scan documents around 100-200 pages, for me to save them as a .pdf document for me to email to clients, rather than printing a copy for them.

    It would be regular A4 documents and around once a month I would be scanning.

    Speed is a factor, however even if it is slower it is okay, if the ADF can hold more paper.

    As kschendel reply states, its hard to find anything larger without buying the larger office grade printers.
  5. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    I've found the Fujitsu Scansnap scanner extremely reliable for multiple document feeding and excellent support for drivers and by other Mac Apps like paperless.

    Reliability of the feed would be higher on my list than number of pages.
  6. greentofu thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Thanks for the suggestion!
  7. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Fujitsu Scansnap all the way.

    I have a S1300 (older model) and a iX500.

    The iX500 is the best thing since sliced bread.

    I haven't used a Brother All-in-One for scanning but the Mac drivers for printing are below average.

    I've scanned with an HP 8600 AIO series and was less than impressed by their scanner software.

    Scansnap iX500 all the way. I don't regret the $400+ I spent on it at all. It's worth the extra money over the lower priced Scansnap scanners.
  8. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    Indeed I started off with their little S300M - absolutely brilliant for multi format receipts and the integration with Paperless and OCR was just second to none. Really good. A bit more expensive, but the feeder actually works, and the way I look at it with the hourly rates I charge, one or two extra hours to sort out the scanning and misfeed pays for any difference instantly
  9. dwig macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2015
    Key West FL
    I, too, recommend looking at a dedicated scanner rather than a "Jack of all trades; master of none" all-in-one printer/scanner/copier combo if your primary goal is scanning to PDF.

    My wife & I use an EPSON Workforce DS-560 for our document scanning needs. Like the Scansnap iX500, is has a nearly straight feed path, scans both sides in a single pass, and is quite fast. Clearing the rare jam is extremely easy as is cleaning. It does only hold 50 pages, but it is fast enough that sitting with it to load the next batch is no issue (~2 minutes for 50 pg), and the software handles to "pause to reload" without a burp.

    The nearly straight feed path of the DS-560 (and it brethren) and iX500 are a huge advantage over the tight 90 turn used in the feeders on the typical all-in-one. You'll experience far far fewer feed problems with them than with the all-in-ones.

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