The old rule of thumb is that HP LaserJet printers last forever. But, how long is forever?
Just wondering as I’ve got a seven year old 4000-series printer that claims to have only printed 406,000 pages. My estimate, based on our consumption of paper is 800,000 pages, and that’s sheets of paper, without regard to duplexing - actual figure is probably in the 1,000,000 - 1,200,000 page range.
At what point is it no longer worth patching the poor dear along? A replacement would cost my group somewhere north of $1800 by the time tax and shipping is paid, and the inestimable (but readily billed!) services of our LAN support team to issue a new name and IP address for the thing.
Has it had a good, long life, and it’s ready to be retired, or can I reasonably expect another year and a half of faithful, if squeaky, service for the price of some new paper feed rollers? And another year or so of service after that for another set of rollers? And so on?
What generally would be a “terminal” problem for one of these beasts where you’d just say “That’s it, it’s dead” and not even attempt to have it repaired? About 18 months ago, it did get a new fuser, and two years ago, a new duplexer…