OT: Printer question

Once again I wish to delve into the vast and eclectic knowledge of the group. I find the opinions and wisdom of this group far outstrip all of the
other mundane groups that even directly deal with topics I require assistance in, so without further ado.
The HP laser printer at work is finally showing its age and abuse, plastic parts are breaking at the merest touch and even a through cleaning and new toner cartridge no longer produce crisp clean prints so I find myself in need of a new printer. While looking at HPs site I discovered that the middle of the road high ends, 1200-1800 bucks, have an option of a stacker/stapler and while I generally stay away from bells and whistles I'm considering this for the multiple copies of reports I and others have to print and staple on a routine basis. My question is has anyone ever used an HP Laser printer stapler accessory/addon? My big concern is how do these hold up? I like HP Laserjets, one thing HP got right, but I'm not so sure about the accessories. I'd hate to spend 300 or 400 bucks on the option and have it fail in a few years, I got 7+ years out of the last printer and we pounded it hard on a monthly basis. I may even get the original fixed but I can't have a printer out of service for a few days let alone a couple of weeks to have it shipped to somewhere to work on and then shipped back. Anybody care to comment?
Bill
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Bill wrote:

I can't specifically speak to the HP staple option but every other one I have seen was faaaar more troublesome than it was worth.
Personally, I'd go e-bay hopping and pick up an older HP that is still in good shape. The large format laserjet 5si works flawlessly for me and you can start adding all thegoodies like duplex and giant paper trays by shopping more e-bay. The boards as well as the HP ethernet interface cards come up at very good prices as well. If anything goes wrong, it's cheap and easy (paid 20 bucks for a new formatter board including memory and postscript chip...originally had a bad board that interfered with the ethernet interface only) These things are built the good ol american way..like tanks.
For a desktop machine, the ol 6mp is still working flawlessly also...getting on 10 years old. These are also all over e-bay. One nice thing about the 6mp is that it seems to last forever on a toner change. We print thousands of pages (so many I can't even keep track) before it whines for more toner.
Go with the classics and avoid the new crap.
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Buy one off your local craigslist if there is one. People bought those for home use and maybe only ran 3 toners thru them. We had an HP (apple) at our graphics shop that never, ever broke down in 8 years. It finally started jamming papaer alot so a new one came in and it was nothing but trouble.
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Check out the Cannon printers too. I understand that they make the printers for HP.
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daniel peterman wrote:

That is usually bad rollers not grabbing the sheet of paper at the right time.
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Bill wrote:

Is it that those other groups do have too much off-topic? Like metalworking?
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What part of OT didn't you understand?? I'll type slow so you'll be able to follow,
If....you....do....not....want....to....be....bothered....by....OT....topic s....don't....open....up....OT....labeled....topics.
I killfiled you a while back and I guess the time limit expired, pitty you're still a weenie, back to the killfile you go.
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Bill wrote:
If....you....do....not....want....to....be....bothered....by....OT....topic

Answer: If I am bothered that people ignore the charter, I complain.
Or in your notation: If .... you ... do ... not ... care ... to ... follow ... the ... charter ... why ... complain ... about ... my ... complaining?

Not _my_ problem. Should you ever have a on-topic question I answered, you won't read it. At least I won't change my eMail-address weekly like the highly admired group-clown Ignoramus does to get through the filters.
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Children!! Enough!!
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Bill wrote:

No, he changed his email address and the spelling of his name.
Cheers Trevor Jones
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Trevor Jones wrote:

That is simply a bloody lie!

Another POS. I can't change the spelling of my name, because it _is_ my name. If I would change it, it no longer would be my name. I simply replaced the umlaut-u ("ü") with the "international-compatible" replacement "ue".
I have not the smallest reason to hide my identity, invent a nickname or forge my eMail-address unlike some cowards here. Because I stand behind what I write.
Nick
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Not to worry, Nick. Most English-speakers can't move their mouths through the positions necessary to pronounce the umlaut, anyway!
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I never liked them on copy machines, but the ones on IBM really worked. I kinda question those on printers. Might be ok.
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Bill wrote:

If you just gotta have a stapler, go to Orfice Max and get an electric one to put next to the printer. Then you don't have to junk the printer when it inevitably jams permanently. All new HP equipment, like the last five years worth, is off my short list. It's junk. The other posters have it right, look for a used 5Si or 8000. I've seen these at lease-return places for cheap. Some have been pounded, but one I saw had less than 5000 sheets run through it. Same price for either, you just have to know how to get the page count printed out on self-test. Look at the rollers, too, if they've got definite ridges pressed into them, pass it by. Rollers are usually easy to replace, but the HP roller kits are outasight for price.
There's other makes out there that are heavier duty than HP, if you're doing like hundreds of thousands of sheets per year like we do for membership mailings. Some even use the same cartridges as HP. Best purchased with a service contract.
Stan
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