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    Lies, damn lies and toner cartridges

    (@AngryTechnician - you're not alone)

    Today, while replacing an 'empty' toner cartridge in a Xerox Phaser 6125N, I noticed that it appeared to be far from empty. In a moment of madness I decided to open the thing up and pour out the contents. Easily a fifth of the volume of the cartridge was still full!

    Apologies for the rubbish photo quality - black dust isn't the easiest photographic subject, but have a look below.

    IMAG0263.jpg

    Would you say this came from an 'empty' cartridge?

    I think I should start testing other 'bottle' type cartridges and seeing if they've been lying to me too!

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    IT'S A CONSPIRACY TO MAKE YOU BUY MORE TONER!


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    Totally opposite in my case where the Lexmark X734de was telling me 30% toner left but the print quality was very bad, checked the statistics and it has done about 10K prints which is the life using 5% coverage. It was not informing to the remote monitoring system to dispatch the new one as the level was set to when 10% remaining. It happened to few other machine with the same make and model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post


    IT'S A CONSPIRACY TO MAKE YOU BUY MORE TONER!

    You know, I think you might be on to something there. *puts on tin foil hat*

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    how big is that tin?

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    It's quite a small tin, 10 x 5 x 2 cm, but then 6125 cartridges are much smaller than average too...

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    Usuallygive them a shake when they complain of being empty. they then last another month or so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    Usuallygive them a shake when they complain of being empty. they then last another month or so!
    We used to do that, but it quickly became apparent that the waste toner compartment of the cartridge wasn't big enough to hold a full cartridge worth of toner... the inside of our printers now look like a splat painting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    We used to do that, but it quickly became apparent that the waste toner compartment of the cartridge wasn't big enough to hold a full cartridge worth of toner... the inside of our printers now look like a splat painting.
    Well you can always just empty the waste toner bottle at the same time... most of them have a flap that you can pull back. Just do it outside into a thick plastic bag (oh, and wear gloves!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishCustard View Post
    (oh, and wear gloves!)
    And a face mask... I like my job, but not enough to breath in [allegedly] carcinogenic material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    And a face mask... I like my job, but not enough to breath in [allegedly] carcinogenic material.
    Easy to solve - just throw the waste onto a bonfire.

    Note: No one should ever do this. I miss my eyebrows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishCustard View Post
    Well you can always just empty the waste toner bottle at the same time... most of them have a flap that you can pull back. Just do it outside into a thick plastic bag (oh, and wear gloves!)
    And do what with it? Toner is classed as hazardous chemical waste and cannot simply be put in the bin, it has to be disposed of correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryMonkey View Post
    And do what with it? Toner is classed as hazardous chemical waste and cannot simply be put in the bin, it has to be disposed of correctly.
    We securely bag it, seal the bags and then seal the bags in a box and send it off to a company along with our regular empty toner cartridges.

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