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    Printer rec. required.

    Looking for a recommendation for a new B&W laser printer.

    The main purpose is for producing lightproof images on a special polyester film we use, which are then used to expose the image onto ultra-violet film.
    The most important aspect is that it must be able to produce scale images. Our trusty old LJ4 is perfect. Later LJ5 & 6 additions would produce elongated images - solved to an extent by using the LJ4 driver. (This also applies to consistency in printing Excel sheets across the range of printers.)

    When I refer to scale images, I mean if I produce a 10cm x 10cm square in a CAD program, I get an accurate 10cm x 10cm square printout.

    Of late, the image is becoming 'splotchy' with an inconsistent black, which can not be cured by replacing the toner cartridge. The film we use is fully specified for laser use, is new stock and stored correctly. Images on paper come out perfect, with an even black. I suspect some internal aging of the printers - all are > 2 years old - as the problem is slowing getting worse. At a guess, I would say it has to do with the fusing of the toner, but my knowledge of the internal workings of laser printers is minimal.

    I do not consider an 'overhaul' financially viable, given the age of the printers and the profit margins made by approved dealers.

    I'm open to all suggestions - price range up to

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    Re: Printer rec. required.

    I wouldn't discard the notion of an overhaul. Years ago I was on the verge of throwing out my old HP IIP. An overhaul was so inexpensive I thought I may as well do it before passing the printer on. I was absolutely amazed - it was like a new printer!
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    Re: Printer rec. required.

    Hmmmm. I know what you mean.
    In my mind, the only one worth overhauling would be the LJ4 (as it is the most accurate) which must be 5-6 years old. It occasionaly suffers paper jams, so we'd be looking at new rollers, new fuser...probably new everything part from the case and cable.

    Apart from which, on an accounting side it's been written off, so if it just happened to end up at home - just in case I needed to do some work there . . . <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15> . . . <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Printer rec. required.

    I think you'll find most Laser printers have two consumable components, the toner cartridges and the drum. When it comes time to replace the drum, the majority of folks find the cost of a replacement drum equals and often exceeds the price of a replacement printer. In your case however, it sounds as if the functionality of your existing printer outweighs the cost. I'd get a quote or two. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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