A sign of the times
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Fri Jan 25 20:27:43 CST 2008
On Friday 25 January 2008 20:53, 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). They're real beasts of
> machines; I'd guess that they weight somewhere around 60 lbs. each--
> heavy enough to cause me to grunt when lifting them.
> These are the kind of units that requires one to add toner to a
> compartment periodically. Drum and developer are separate cartridges.
> 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've got a Panasonic KX-P6500 that needs a new "process unit" (drum problems)
and have not been able to find them for less than roughly four times that,
which is a darn shame as it's a compact little unit...
> So what to do with the old monsters? They use 68000 CPUs, with
> differing SIP and DIP memories. Scrappers, I guess. It's sad
> because both of these have pretty much been the only printer I've
> used since a Diablo Hitype II. It wouldn't surprise me if each has
> more than 250,000 copies on it.
> It's just a shame that such a nicely engineered piece of gear is now
> worth only its weight in scrap metal.
I know of folks that go after a lot more than that in there, motors and
mechanicals and such, too. I've yet to scrap a laser printer.
> But nobody collects printers, not even vintage ones.
Tell me about it. I have a bunch of them available (have a look here:
http://mysite.verizon.net/rtellason/w4s.html ) -- Okidata, mostly. And I've
managed to get interest in _one_ of them so far, sold it to a guy down
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