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    Default 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    We usually use Computer Food online. Are the 3rd party ones brand new? We are just printing documents with text or photocopiers so not quality critical.

    We have never replaced the drum. When we print out a power bill the areas which is a color which the BW laser prints out monochrome instead of a solid black there are streaks. Is this normal for a laser printer? I don't remember it was like when it was new. We have a Brother HL-L2380DW. Delivery is free, maybe we should order a toner and then later can order the drum?


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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Yes, new.
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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Log into the Printer and look at the Specs, it will say the life of teh Drum Left / Used.

    Generally Streaks means low Toner. If there is damage to the Drum it will have streaks ( black marks) in the same location several times on every Print.

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    Can you provide an image of what you are getting. That will make it easier to work out the possible cause.
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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Been using computer food toners for about 5 years in our ancient Brother printer with no problems, maybe we have just been lucky but it has saved us a fair bit of coin in that time. Now that SWMBO has handed over doing the accounts for her sons business we don't print very much, but before that it would be a ream every 6 weeks it seemed.

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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Can you provide an image of what you are getting. That will make it easier to work out the possible cause.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0xcony4pi3...92125.jpg?dl=0

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Yes, new.
    Ok thanks. Someone else did buy a toner from Cartridge World some years ago with our older printer but it was leaking at the sides. Could see the marks on the toner also.

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Been using computer food toners for about 5 years in our ancient Brother printer with no problems, maybe we have just been lucky but it has saved us a fair bit of coin in that time. Now that SWMBO has handed over doing the accounts for her sons business we don't print very much, but before that it would be a ream every 6 weeks it seemed.
    We have been using them for many years also. We have always bought OEM brands thou.

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Log into the Printer and look at the Specs, it will say the life of teh Drum Left / Used.

    Generally Streaks means low Toner. If there is damage to the Drum it will have streaks ( black marks) in the same location several times on every Print.
    Thanks! It says 78% drum life. This this remaining? About 2,500 pages in total printed.
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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    If its only Done 2500 Pages then there approx 78% remaining, the drum specs say "Approx. 12,000 Pages "

    The lightness is usually a indication of low Toner. You should be getting a warning saying toner low, if not and its a third party Toner it may not be registering / detecting correctly.

    If you had a High Yield Toner then that's about right (2500 Pages)

    Here's the Toners From Brother and their Basic Specs.

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    While Original Toners are more expensive, I wont use third party or refills.

    Once from Computer Food, had a third party Toner on a old Laser, after a few prints there was a rather odd "poooof" When trying to print-- Nice cloud of black toner floating all around -- Flipping great - Toner had exploded, totally ruining the printer at the same time as it was impossible to get it completely clean.
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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    I don't use it often but no one has recall seeing a low toner warning. We have had the original toner and we then bought only 1 oem Brother brand toner high yield. I did go to the settings and under toner life? It says its on the low mark but no exclamation or anything.

    Typical family here we just don't print much they use for some bills that's about it. With recipes etc it's easier just to download the pdf or print to pdf. Documents also get outdated. Recipes new ones comes and goes anyway.

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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Take out the toner, take it outside and shake it, then try again.
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    Default Re: 3rd party laser toner and drums?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    We usually use Computer Food online. Are the 3rd party ones brand new? .
    Define new .
    I used to be in that industry (printer consumables) . Worse than used car salesmen for dodgy practices

    Generally, the 3rd party toners & drums are never as good as genuine .
    3rd party drums often didnt last as long , and the actual drum was sometimes not even replaced (just cleaned)
    Now even worse with some of the CRAP coming out of Ch .

    So , not as good. But considerably cheaper . I wouldnt buy genuine (with a few exceptions) .
    But , if its color, and you NEED accurate colors in the print, buy genuine .

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