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which laser printer?


barmybird

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barmybird

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I'm probably doing this all wrong, oh well here goes! I'm looking for advice on which laser printer to buy, I will only be using it very lightly as its for card making, I do however want one that takes cardstock of at least 250gsm if there is such a printer? I also don't want to spend a fortune on inks/or whatever they use! not sure if I need colour or just mono, depends on price etc

Hope someone out there can help, its a minefield without advice!

Many thanks in advance Barmybird

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spuds

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Toners can be expensive, but far cheaper if you are prepared to take care and refill them yourself.

As to the cost of an actual laser, this can range from £39.99 (mono) £49.99 (colour) for basic models, to £xxxx's for commercials.

You might find some information with this link http://www.colour-laser-printers.co.uk/choosing.php

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barmybird

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Hi Spuds,

thanks for that info, I wasnt aware that you could refill them yourself, would I have to buy special containers or can you refil the ones that the machine has in it already? I was really hoping you might be able to advise me on ones which could cope with 250gsm plus cardstock as that is also a consideration, in fact its probably more important than running costs! I have looked on the link you sent me and asked them the question as they sell them they might recommend a good one too!

many thanks for your help Barmybird

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spuds

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barmybird

I cannot really advice you on 250gsm card, but I do use some fairly thick card on a old cheap Samsung ML-4500 mono laser. Feed the card individually, not multiple feed fed.

Filling the toners can be straight forward on some models. It can just be a case of removing a plug on the existing toner, or drilling a small hole in the toner case and fitting a plug (blu-tak or sealing tape will do the job). But due to the fine powder it can be a little messy, if care is not taken. There are a number of outlets that sell toner powders, and the sellers usually provide instructions on how to fill toner cartridges. You should also have this information via a simple Google or similar search!.

I note that you have asked for their advisor's recommendations, which is a good thing. If you make a purchase from them, then you can hold them to their advice, should things not turn out to your liking. If they do provide a recommendation, then have a look around the internet for possible better pricing, Amazon, Ebuyer or Ebay might be a start. Do not buy secondhand, unless it comes with a good honest and reliable warranty. And remember that the toners supplied, might only be part filled for demonstration purposes only. So take this into consideration when you make any decisions!.

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barmybird

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thanks for that Spud, good advise and I'll take on board what you've said, I was looking on ebay for a cheap used one and then realised I might be dropping a clanger so sought advice, I don't think I'm going to get any sort of warranty with a used one so will wait and see what that company comes up with for me, thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions

regards Barmybird

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