A sign of the times. (Laserjet 4000s here)

Stroller classiccmp.org at stellar.eclipse.co.uk
Sat Jan 26 04:19:19 CST 2008

On 26 Jan 2008, at 01:53, Chuck Guzis wrote:

> I've been using a couple of Panasonic laser printers for years; a KX-
> P4455 (PS/PCL) and a KX-P4451 (PCL).  ...
> The time came to replace the OPC drum in one of these--after pricing
> the remanufactured ones and checking the deals on eBay, it turned out
> not to be practical.  I found that I can get a factory refurb Brother
> 5240 from Staples.com for $40 shipped.   When it runs out of toner, I
> can just buy another one at that price (1200 DPI, 23 PPM and most
> important--a parallel interface).


I have a similar conundrum here.

My father & I have about half-a-dozen Laserjet 4000s which fail to  
pick the paper properly. The problem can easily be isolated to the  
rubber "pick up" roller at the front of the tray - measured with a  
micrometer a good one is a hair's breadth larger in diameter than one  
that is worn.

These are / were fantastic printers - I think the 4-series had a  
monthly duty-cycle of 65,000 pages, so I assume these are similar in  
specification. The HP engineers intended for this part to be easily  
replaceable, and you can easily pick up a roller set on eBay.  
Unfortunately the price comes to about £12 per tray - or perhaps £25  
shipped for rubbers for both lower trays plus the manual feed pickup,  
too - and these printers have a resale value of only £35.

I think it's tragic to be throwing out such decent & solidly- 
constructed printers in favour of cheap plastic rubbish - in the  
event a repair is necessary the kind of printers we can get for less  
money will complain about disassembly with the "pling" of flying  
broken-plastic sproggets - but it makes little economic sense to do  
otherwise. I've been meaning the last week to try & find a source of  
Laserjet rollers where I can purchase 10 or 20 at more sensible  
rates, but I'm not overflowing with optimism.

I'm inclined to think that in a few years time our current  
consumerist practices of throwing away hardware rather than repairing  
it will begin once again to look foolish, but in the meantime what's  
one to do?


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