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Solved do laser printer toners differ?

November 23, 2012 at 11:43:16
Specs: xp tablet, 1gig

I'm going to refill my Samsung laser printer toners, dose it really matter what toner powder I buy?

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#1
November 23, 2012 at 11:53:22

Yes they do. When you buy a toner cartridge from the original manufacture, they are brand new with new seals, imaging drums, wiper blades, and toner level sensors/electronics etc.

When you buy a re-manufactured cartridge, they usually just refill the toner & empty the spent toner container, they don't replace worn parts and I have seen dozens of printers that needed to be thoroughly cleaned after a re-manufactured cartridge puked toner everywhere inside it. Not to mention, they don't reset the counter so you may get a cartridge that indicates it's out of toner even if it's full. Worn imaging drums and wipers will produce a poorer quality print.

Re-manufactured toner cartridges are much cheaper than new ones, but at what cost when it damages your printer from leaking toner.


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#2
November 23, 2012 at 11:57:26

Sorry.... what I wanted to know was if the toner powder is different in any ways?

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November 23, 2012 at 12:02:15
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Yes, there are different type of powders. Some are PVC, some are a combination of plastics, and some have magnetic particles in them so they can be read by magnetic scanners such as the ink found on checks. Different printers use different heat settings and melting times to bond the toner to the paper. Make sure you buy a toner made for your make and model of printer.

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#4
November 23, 2012 at 12:02:33

Are you thinking gof buying bulk toner or a ready filled cartridge. If the latter then you have no choice but to buy from Samsung.

If the latter then I wouldn't recommend it, it can be very messy, Toner if an extremely fine powder, so fine that it behaves like a liquid and tends to get everywhere. Get it on your clothes and it is there forever as it gets into the individual fibres and no amount of washing will remove it.

Back to the original question yes it does matter which toner you buy. Toner, just like ink for inkjets, is formulated for the printer it is designed to be used on. You need to get toner that is formulated for your printer otherwise print quality will suffer and you will be forever cleaning the toner drum. It could even reduce the life of the toner drum and they are expensive to replace.

Stuart


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