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Old 11-12-2017, 7:15 AM
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Question Laser Printer- repair or Office Space the sucker

I have 2 HP printers. One is a commercial model that does 11x17” paper. It really is my own personal target printer.. I picked it up cheap and now the rollers are dried out.

I also have my regular home office Hp laser printer and the rollers also are drying out and not picking up pages...


Have any of you purchased the kids to replace the rollers? ($25-$30 on eBay)
Do you get your printers repaired or at what point do you office space the suckers?

If replace, any new model / brand to consider?
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Old 11-12-2017, 7:17 AM
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Old 11-12-2017, 7:37 AM
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If it's just the rollers- and you can replace them yourself- that'd be the way I'd go. If it has the pinch-and-pull rollers even better.

If you have to remove covers and rollers shafts etc, be careful of stripping screws and breaking plastic on older printers.

Alternately, new printers are pretty cheap these days.
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depends on the model. What are they?
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As we have lived in a disposable society for the past 15+ years, kudos to you if you can repair it. *I* think I would even spend as much as $250 and send it out for repair.

Comparable printers made today are terrible. I have an HP 5MP 600dpi printer for home use that's nearly 20 years old and as good as new. Same for another HP that prints 11x17 for office work (bought circa 2005 and still prints great). But an Epson I bought for the office 5...6 years ago overheated (was set to print 50 letter size pages) and found its way to a recycling center.
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Old 11-12-2017, 9:57 AM
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The 11x17 printer is a 5SI

It was rated for something crazy- like 500,000 pages per month of use...

It’s outdated but up until recently, bulletproof
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Newer printers are cheap because the ink is not. I'd try to salvage it with replacement rollers if you don't need color laser prints or multi-functionality.
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Old 11-12-2017, 2:19 PM
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Replace the rollers if you can find a kit that is reasonably priced. Another option is to apply rubber-renu to them. Years ago when I worked at a university, we used that stuff regularly for this exact issue and it was a miracle worker in most cases.

There will be some streaking on the first 10 pages or so after using it, but it should be clear after that. Also, make sure you are not in a small, closed space when you apply it. Inhaling it will probably cause some damage to your DNA.
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Try roughing up the rollers with an emery board. Not too much.
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