Dear TAZ5 I want to take you for my bride
I have only owned this one TAZ5 for at least 4 years now. Funny story I purchased the smaller one and they sent me the larger one by mistake which was worth $1000 more. Did I complain? No, I did not. Don't tell them.
It took me about a two weeks of my spare time to do 1 successful print. But that was a long time ago and now I can successfully print every single time. I had a lot to learn about 3D printing. I'm sure there's a lot more I can learn about it. I have printed several replacement parts for it. The cool thing is I keep a roll of nylon around so I can replace parts with super durable ones, ones that are more durable than the original.
The print quality is as good as I need it to be. The build quality is excellent. It's not really a hobbyist machine. It has a nozzle diameter of 2.85mm. The Lulzbot people have been very helpful over email. I use Cura for TAZ5 and it does crash on occasion. I have tried to use other slicers but could never figure them out enough to use. Cura seems to be more reliable or at least I know how to use it better anyway.
When I switched from ABS to PLA I had a lot of problems with large prints that would get clogged. I printed up a coupler provided by a community member to run filament through. You stuff a piece of rubber foam and put a drop of oil in it on occasion. Once in a while you replace to rubber foam and oil. Ever since then I have had no problem of that kind.
If my business takes off I would not mind have one or two more exactly the same, perhaps it's possible to get some used, perhaps not even fully working. I know how to fix them now.