as you can see I'm new. I do IT and wiring for a small local shop but I never deal with printers.
I do a LOT of printing, and I'd like to stop spending as much money on it. On my local CL, there is an HP 8100DN (duplex network) printer for a very good price (and the toner is a quarter-cent per page). It has printed 200,000 pages and I don't yet know anything else about it. The model was released in 1999.
So my questions:
- What are the parts that tend to need service on laser printers? On ebay, I see fusers, rollers, DC power boards, and motors.
- What would you expect to replace soon at 200,000 pages?
- Are there any good "tests" to find out if certain parts are near failure?
- Is there any way of easily finding out if a certain part (like the fuser) has already been replaced, or how much it has been used?
- Do you have anything to say about the HP 8100 specifically?
The bottom line for me is that if there's any chance of repairs costing more than $100, it's not worth it for me.