Easy to Remanufacture Cartridges You Should Not Pass Up
- By Mike Josiah
- Mar 01, 2010
This article is a continuation in a series on easy-to-do color and monochrome cartridges you may be passing up but shouldn’t be. They represent some of the best profit opportunities currently in our industry. These cartridges are all very simple, and with a good majority of them there is nothing to test. Training is minimal and in all cases very little time is needed. For the purposes of these articles we will not be going in depth but to be honest there really is no need. Some use chips while some do not. Some have waste chambers and others are purely a supply hopper. All of this will be covered.
Xerox Phaser 6130 Toner cartridge
The Phaser 6130 cartridges are rated for 2,500 pages black and 1,900 pages color. The OEM numbers are 106R01281 Black, 106R01278 Cyan, 106R01279 Magenta and 106R01280 Yellow. There is a chip that must be replaced every cycle.
1) Remove the black tape from the seam of the supply hopper and the waste chamber. Save the tape for use when re-assembling the cartridge. See Figure 1.
2) Press in on the two tabs of one side as shown to release the waste chamber. It is sometimes helpful to press back on the waste chamber as the tabs are pressed in. See Figure 2.
3) Remove the supply hopper cover. Clean out any remaining toner from both chambers. See Figure 3.
4) Fill the hopper with the appropriate color toner. Remember, while the cartridges all look the same, they are not interchangeable. Each color has a different set of plastic tabs. See Figure 4.
7) Clean the plastic lip where the hopper cover sits of any toner, replace the cover. See Figures 5 and 6.
8) Install the waste chamber on to the supply hopper. Make sure all four tabs are locked in place. See Figures 7, 8 and 9.
9) Re-install the black tape seal across the seam. If the OEM tape is not useable, good black rubber electrical tape will work fine. (Do NOT use vinyl tape, as toner will stick to anything made from vinyl.) See Figure 10.
10) Carefully pry up the plastic chip-holder tab. See Figure 11.
11) Slide the holder out of the cartridge and replace the chip. See Figures 12 and 13.
12) Slide the holder back in place until the tab locks in place. See Figure 14.
Konica Minolta Magicolor 4600 Series Toner Cartridge
The Konica Minolta Magicolor 4600 series cartridges are rated for 8,000 pages. The OEM numbers are A0DK132 Black, A0DK432 Cyan, A0DK332 Magenta and A0DK232 Yellow. There is a chip that must be replaced every cycle.
Peel the label off the end cap. See Figure 15.
Remove the two screws. See Figure 16.
Slide the port cover over and remove the third screw. Remove the end cap. See Figure 17.
Remove the fill plug and clean out any remaining toner. This fill plug is very soft, so be careful not to put a hole in it. See Figure 18.
When a seal is available, you'll install it at this point. See Figure 19.
Turn the cartridge so the port opening is facing up and fill the cartridge with dedicated MC 4600 color toner. Replace the fill plug. See Figure 20.
Install the end cap on the cartridge. If a seal was installed, thread it through the slot. Set the port drive gear as shown and make sure it meshes properly. See Figures 21 and 22.
Install the three screws and install the label. See Figure 23.
Remove the screw on the chip. Replace the chip. See Figure 24.
If a seal tab is available, install it on the seal and insert it into the cartridge as shown. See Figure 25.
Xerox Phaser 7760 Toner Cartridge
The Phaser 7760 cartridges are rated for 32,000 pages black and 25,000 color. The OEM numbers are 106R01163 Black, 106R01160 Cyan, 106R01161 Magenta and 106R01162 Yellow. There is a chip that must be replaced every cycle.
Remove the tape from the colored end cap. See Figure 26.
Remove the end cap. See Figure 27.
Vacuum the tube clean and fill with new Phaser 7760 toner. See Figure 28.
Replace the end cap, replace the tape. See Figure 29.
Replace the chip by prying up the center tab while using a small screwdriver to move the chip out. Install the new chip component-side down. Make sure the two edge tabs lock the chip in place. See Figures 30 and 31.
Okidata C8800 Toner Cartridge
The Okidata C8800 cartridges are rated for 6,000 pages. The OEM numbers are 43487736 Black, 43487735 Cyan, 43487734 Magenta and 43487733 Yellow. There is a chip that must be replaced every cycle.
Remove the fill plug using a small jewelers screwdriver. See Figure 32.
Press down on the locking tab of the blue handle. Rotate the handle to open the toner port. See Figure 33.
Vacuum/blow out any remaining toner.
Carefully pry off the gear cover with a small jewelers screwdriver. See Figure 34.
Cut the waste hopper seal just past the small white gear. Remove the seal. See Figures 35 and 36.
Dump out the waste toner and vacuum/blow out any remaining toner.
Replace the seal on the waste chamber, install the gear cover and turn the blue handle so that the toner port is closed. See Figure 37.
Fill the hopper with the appropriate Okidata C8800 color toner and replace the fill plug. See Figure 38.
Carefully pry up the chip cover from the hopper. It is best to remove the end closest to the edge of the cartridge first to help prevent any damage to the cover tabs. See Figure 39.
Remove the old chip and install the new. Be sure to keep the component side up when replacing the chip. See Figure 40.
Snap the chip cover back in place. See Figures 41 and 42.
The CLP-350 cartridges are rated for 4,000 pages black and 2,000 pages color. The OEM cartridge part numbers are CLP-K350A Black, CLP-C350A Cyan, CLP-M350A Magenta and CLP-Y350A Yellow. There is a chip that has to be replaced each cycle, and the cartridge itself has to be modified slightly in order to refill it.
1) In order to clean and fill the cartridge, a hole must be drilled or melted into the cartridge. The hole cannot be placed at the top of the cartridge as that will cause cartridge problems. The black cartridge should have the hole placed on one of the flat sides, and the color should be between 1 o'clock and 3 o’clock in the top right quarter. See Figures 43 and 44.
2) The hole can be drilled with a half-inch drill bit or melted with a soldering iron. If it is drilled, great care must be taken to get all the shavings out. If it is melted, the outer edge of the hole has to be shaved flat with a razor blade. See Figure 45.
3) Clean out all the remaining toner/shavings thoroughly.
4) Insert a small funnel into the hole, and fill with new CLP-350 toner. See Figure 46.
5) Cover the hole using a small piece of tape. Make sure the seal is tight and that there are no leaks. Also make sure the tape/label does not extend to the top of the cartridge as it is installed, since this area has a very tight fit and the seal may be torn off as the cartridge is installed. See Figure 47.
6) The OEM chip is not removed, instead a new chip is placed over it. Peel off the adhesive backing on the chip, and place it over the OEM. See Figures 48 and 49.
This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of Recharger.