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Laser Fax

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Travis McGee

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I just replaced my cranky plain paper fax that ate expensive cartridges with a laser fax. Great performance, faster, doesn't get stuck- cartirdges more expensive but last about 8 times as long. Worth the price (I got a Brother model aprox $299 with a mail in rebatey)
 

Jeff Horton

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Another solution is if you have a scanner, is to just use computer software to send and receive. I even use the same phone line and save the expense of the fax, toner, paper and phone line.

MS offers a free fax program that you can send with that is probably on your computer now. And there are many more out there.

I use Call Soft to answer my home and business phone and I love it. It send and receives faxes, does answering machine duty and since I have caller ID it can screen out most solicitors for me. It can use text to voice engines so I have a very good sounding british lady answering my phone. :) I also have an after hours message plus I can assign greetings to specific callers or phone numbers. I tried to because it would answer the fax and then found all the other great features. Best $39 I ever spent!!

They have a new version out that I have not tried yet but it offers mailboxes and works like the professional phone systems. Since I am thinking of opening a second business I am going to look into it.
 

EDWARD BERRY

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I solved some of the high toner problem by obtaining the correct bottle of toner and a "soldering iron with a round cutter" to cut a hole in the cart,and then filled the cart. , put a piece of foil tape over the hole.

Of course the drum does not get renewed, but works fine.

ed in arkansas.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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I bought a laser fax a couple of years ago, Brother MFC 4650. It has been great! Actually it is a fax, copier, scanner so it backs up my copier and scanne. I got it for $199 as a discontinued model from office max. A word of advise, buy the brother toner carts.. mine uses the 5000PF. I tried buying some from the "toner phoners" and they lasted about half as long as the factory version.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Damn....I did it myself...."a word of advice" hate it when someone mis-uses that word!. I just checked, wow, time really flies. I bought that fax, printer, scanner in 1999 and it was a $699 unit for $250. Have never had a problem with it!
 

EDWARD BERRY

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Thats why I write the "in" date on all my stuff.

Aging in Arkansas.ed
 

Rene Mata

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Apr 28, 2003
I got a Lexmark Z30 printer with combination of
color and black inkjet.

Boy!, It really eat my pocket when I do a large number
of print.

Onetime I went to a Goodwill outlet to donate some clothes, I saw somebody walking with a printer.
She want to donate a printer but the store won't accept
it, I hurriedly and ask the lady what kind of printer was that. It was a Brother Multifunction MFC 4550 printer, with toner ink. And ask the lady if I could have it, and
she said yes, and happy to dispose it. She said it got Y2K
problem and won't work. And I said its OK.

I bring it home, and download a new driver, and the
driver comes in Win98 and Win2000. Jackpot !, I got a
printer that I could print in large number and I got it for free.

I bought a printer switch so I could use my Lexmark
for very important print, and switch to my Brother
MFC 4550 for a large amount of printing.

By the way Brother MFC 4550 can print, copy,
fax and also store data
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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You say that was an inkjet rather than a laser? Must have been the earlier model of what I have. I wanted to get away from ink on the faxes because I like to highlight things on the page and it is messy with inkjet.

I am using a HP2230 now for a color printer. My old 2000c finally died. Technie guy wants it really bad for parts...guess I should give it to him. Not sure if the print heads are the same, better find that out first. It uses the same black (#10) cart but the color ones are different (#11s).

I sure didn't realize my fax, copier, printer was purchased in 1999. Darn time flys when one is busy. It has been a very good machine!
 

Ben Vukicevich SRA

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New Jersey
Mike,

The print heads are NOT the same from the HP 2000 to the 2200.

I have the Brother laser fax, a Brother laser printer and a Brother Copier, Scanner and laser printer combo. All use the same toner cartridge, the TN 460. I bought bulk laser toner for $17 a refill. Just pull-out the plastic cap on the side, clean out all the old toner and dump the new stuff in. Beats the $70 new cartridges. Also watch for sales on the plain Brother lasers. Sometimes you can get them for $199 and use them for parts as the drum unit is $179 and the toner cartridges are $70 at Office Max

Ben
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Colorado
I know the drums are expensive. My carts are $38 each.
 
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