christos wrote:A more interesting question is if they are usable today. Can you get toners?
That's a good point.
You might get toner. You might be able to take different toner and refill the toner box. There is for example from Xerox toner which comes in bottles for refilling. But it's a dirty task and a standard home vacuum cleaner will not do it's job well. It will suck the toner which you spread arround the printer, your desk and room, but it's filters are so 'big' that the toner particles mostly will fly trough it, and through the paper bag which normally catches all the dust in a vacuum cleaner, and then spread small toner particles all over in your room, in your mouth, mouth, lung, cancer, death.
The 2nd thing you need is developer. One reason you need is, because you vacuum cleaned your laser printer. So it has lost most of the developer, because you have let suck your cavuum cleaner on the wrong place. Devloper basically is very fine particles of iron powder. Normal toner has no developer inside. But these old lasers need it to transfer the toner to the drum kit. If you remove the toner cardridge you might see a magnetic roll over the full with of the paper in the oposite position of the drum kit. This must be full of that iron powder. Usually printers like the LSM 804 and 605 need a "starter toner kit" every 10-15 swaps of toner cardridge to enrich their amount of developer. That starter toner is a mixture of toner and iron powder. Modern lasers don't need that anymore. If you ask modern laser printer / copy machine technician about developer, he will asl with big big question marks in his eyes. Never heared about that...
The 3rd thing, and now it get's really hard, is to get a fresh drum kit. That is the large big green roll in the printer. This is a so called selene drum, a light sensible material, which is startic magnettic to the toner depending it has seen light or not. That light sensible surface looses it's function after so many years even if it doers not see (much) light over the years. Until now, and I am already searching for about 8 years since I got my first 804, I haven't found a single vendor who still refurbishs drum kits for the TEC LB 1301 printer, or produces new ones. It's a bit easier to get one for the SLM 605 which is based on the TEC LB 1305, and the list of printers using that mechanics is much much longer than the 1301. So in theory more chance to get something, but after 25++ years still allmost impossible, It also does not make much sense to buy "new old stock" 30 years old drum kits, because even if not used, still in orginal black bag, the selene losts it's function. I am experienced already with that disappointment.
I have three SLM 804, two SLM 605 plus an Olivetti PG 404 which is basically the same as the SLM 605, that means uses the same mechanics (TEC LB 1305), same toner kit, same drum kit, but has own powerfull 68020 CPU, some MB of RAM and a Centronics interface and is PCL/PostScript and Epson FX compatible. But I got for all some toner kits, but no working drum kit replacement, no printing with enough contrast to be able to read it.
Power without the Price. It's not a bug. It's a feature. _/|\_ATARI
1040STFM in PC-Tower (PAK68/2, OvrScn, 4 MB, 1GB SCSI, CD-ROM...) * 2x Falcon 030 32GB/14MB+ScrnBlstrIII * 2x TT030 73GB/20MB+Nova * 520/1040STFM * 520/1040STE * 260/520ST/+ * some Mega ST * 2x Mega STE 500MB/4MB+M.CoCo * Stacy * STBook * SLM605 * SLM804 * SLM605 * SMM804 * SH 204/205 * Megafile 30/44/60 * SF314 * SF354 * 5x Pofo * PC3