Refilling laser printer cartridge


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M. N.

I have a black & white laser printer for which the toner cartridge is no
longer available. However, I can get a bottle of toner for this printer, and
a tool to burn a refill hole in the cartridge. Has anyone successfully
refilled their B&W laser cartridge using the above?

The printer works real well and I'd like to continue using it.
 
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measekite

I have a black & white laser printer for which the toner cartridge is no
longer available. However, I can get a bottle of toner for this printer, and
a tool to burn a refill hole in the cartridge. Has anyone successfully
refilled their B&W laser cartridge using the above?

The printer works real well and I'd like to continue using it.
bW Laser printers are cheap now. Just go get a new one.
 
F

Flasherly

I have a black & white laser printer for which the toner cartridge is no
longer available. However, I can get a bottle of toner for this printer, and
a tool to burn a refill hole in the cartridge. Has anyone successfully
refilled their B&W laser cartridge using the above?

The printer works real well and I'd like to continue using it.
Got $3 bottles of toner for mine and they're working great. Used lots
of it on the first toner cartridge, which is still going fine.
Burning a hole shouldn't be nothing major, (mine's got a plug and it's
not needed), though kind of a waste for one time on a $10/15 soldering
20W tool. As mentioned, when thought a spare in order and priced out
my a drum's unit, it was $10 more than the rest of OEM toner
assemblies, but built the way I liked. Or --- $20 more, above the
toner unit, to buy the whole printer again, which is $20 more than
what I paid on a sale that isn't necessarily going to come around
again, any time real soon now, hear. Therefore, after applying
logical deliberation, I decided using two is sometimes better than
one, and I bought another Samsung for $60. Besides, never know when a
heat fuser unit is up and going to go out (one of those newer types
with the optical drum contained inside the cartridge). I don't miss
my old Okidata -- though it did hurt a little to throw it in a
dumpster (then looking around, not wanting to do that again, worrying
a little about inkjets, unit I found a laser $40 new in the factory
box).
 
J

Joel

M. N. said:
I have a black & white laser printer for which the toner cartridge is no
longer available. However, I can get a bottle of toner for this printer, and
a tool to burn a refill hole in the cartridge. Has anyone successfully
refilled their B&W laser cartridge using the above?

The printer works real well and I'd like to continue using it.
Has anyone successfully refilled? of course yes, all the refill companies
and most people buying toner do.

You just need to buy the correct toner, and refill it correctly (read the
instruction or Google for more detailed information).
 
M

M. N.

Tony,

Thanx for taking time to reply. My printer is a NEC Superscript 860 and
the cartridge # is NEC 20-080.

I can buy the toner for that printer and a hole-burning tool for about
$25. I think I know the appropriate area of the cartridge where to burn
the hole.
(There is no fill hole and I don't have a functional diagram of the
cartridge.)
I realize the burning will produce an odor & fumes and that the toner is
very fine -- thus I will do it in a work area.

Also, I will have to judge how much toner to pour from the bottle/funnel
into the cartridge. (I don't know anything
about a waste compartment .)

I phoned Cartridge World and they cannot fill this cartridge. Thus my
only option is to try to fill it myself after gathering information.

Let me know if you have any specific info about this cartridge that could
help me.

-Marty

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emailaddress

Depending on the model this should work well. The only longer term issue is
that the waste compartment in the cartridge will eventually fill and overflow
but not all cartridges have such a container.
Also with some cartridges there are components that will wear out.
I would be surprised if remanufactured or compatible cartridges are unavailable.
If you can provide the make and model I should be able to give you more
information.
Tony
MS MVP Printing Image
Waste compartment, when present, is the same just reversed situation.
You drill or melt the hole to empty instead of fill, then plug or tape
over the hole. It is a bit messier though, shaking out waste toner
compared to pouring new in. A nice way to do it is hold the sides of
a plastic trash bag firmly around the area of the hole, with the bag
mostly flattened so there is not excessive air to collapse out when
finished which would create a toner cloud. Wearing a dust mask or
doing it outside is advised.

There is another longer term issue, there's usually a seal that can
come loose over time as toner slowly works it's way onto the adhesive
area. Might get as many runs out of the cart as the drum will last if
drum is integrated, might find it starts being leaky before that.
 
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M

measekite

Tony,

Thanx for taking time to reply. My printer is a NEC Superscript 860 and
the cartridge # is NEC 20-080.

I can buy the toner for that printer and a hole-burning tool for about
$25. I think I know the appropriate area of the cartridge where to burn
the hole.
(There is no fill hole and I don't have a functional diagram of the
cartridge.)
I realize the burning will produce an odor & fumes and that the toner is
very fine -- thus I will do it in a work area.
Maybe you should call the hazmet team
 
J

Joel

Ato_Zee said:
Noting that toner is generally regarded as carcinogenic, and tends
to act more like a dye than a powder, don't get it on the
carpet.
You may be fine with a refill but drums don't last forever.
I agree, the toner cartridge is usually good for several refills (I have
only refilled 2-3 times then either replaced with newer toner cartridge or
printer to know more), and the drum will last for so many pages then it will
need either reset or having the roller replaced.
 
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emailaddress

Some mfrs quote a full and empty weight.
I weigh new cartridges, and label them with initial weight
with date.
If I ever get to refilling the info will be useful.
My service manual gives cartridge weights, shelf life in
sealed bag, and post installation life. This might
indicate that toner has a shelf life once it is exposed
to air. If so is humidity a factor in this?
Any opinions?
Humidity tends to work against anything, but from personal experience
I have used an HP Laserjet III cart that was sitting in an open, then
re-ziplocked, bag for about 5 years and it worked fine.
 
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firebird-jmw

I have a black & white laser printer for which the toner cartridge is no
longer available. However, I can get a bottle of toner for this printer, and
a tool to burn a refill hole in the cartridge. Has anyone successfully
refilled their B&W laser cartridge using the above?

The printer works real well and I'd like to continue using it.
www.tonerrefillkits.com

I've been using their stuff for Lexmark, HP, and Canon laser printers
for several years.

Also, new cartridges from

www.LaserMonks.com

Jim
 
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