Should I replace my drum cleaning blade when I replace my drum unit and why?

The short answer is Yes. Your next question is probably, “Why?” Drum cleaning blades are essential parts of the print and copy process. They can often become worn out or damaged before toner supplies run out.

Drum units are essential to the printing process. Laser printing relies upon ink cartridges and drum units to produce high quality documents. The printer can easily break down or stop functioning altogether if it has a faulty drum unit and the drum unit in turn, can fail when the cleaning blade is faulty. It is best to thus change the blade when you swap out your drum unit.

You may be wondering how you would be able to know when your printer needs a new drum unit. One of the first signs that you need a new print drum is visible deterioration in the print quality of your documents. The color of the ink fades or at times, you may also see unwanted lines appear on the paper. These are strong indicators to change the drum unit and replace the toner. You have got to act quickly because continuing to print on an empty print cartridge will damage the printer head, which can be quite expensive to replace.

Despite how it may sound, changing drum units and replacing blades is actually quite easy. First, you have to order parts. It is important that you order the right parts that are compatible with your machine. Also you may want to keep on hand one or two extra printer drum units and blades if you use your printer a lot to prevent obstacles or delays down the road.

You do not have to refill toner every time you replace the drum or imaging unit. However, you may want to check just in case and also restock supplies.

Got a question or need further help? We can assist. A Copier Supply Store representative will help you in finding the parts and copier supplies you need quickly and in placing your order. You can also search through our site using the manufacturer name and product type.

We’ll save your order for the future so you can easily restock supplies at a moment’s notice. When you need to replenish copier supplies, give us a call.

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