asked Dec 20, 2007 at 10:15pm
Lexmark Lexmark Optra R

T640 fuser wiper

I have been using Optra R and T522 Lexmark printers for a few years. Each of these have a fuser wiper which comes with each toner cartridge and must be replaced each time. Just purchased a T640 which came with the "hardware" part of fuser wiper but had no pad attached as I was used to seeing. Emailed tech support and was told I needed a fuser wiper which they would send me if I sent model No., address, etc. After sending back required info, another tech responded that I did not need a fuser wiper unless I was using special toner. Is this correct? On my old machines, the pad on the fuser wiper would be black with baked on toner by the time I installed a new cartridge & wiper. Have they changed the toner somehow so that it no longer needs this cleaner?
On the Optra T Model the fuser wiper is just the grey or black plastic piece with no pad. Never seen one with an issue because of this.
by dmzcompute on Dec 21, 2007 at 4:59am Add comment
Thanks, dmzcompute. That answers my question. I just wasn't used to seeing this and with the conflicting answers from tech support, thought I'd check elsewhere. Just didn't want to do anything that might damage my printer. Thanks again.
by eelee1950 on Dec 21, 2007 at 7:37am Add comment
Sounds to me like you found the scraper that ships out with the new machines. These are fine, but i would recommend using the ones with the pad on it. I have noticed that the fuser seems to last longer and prints are much better in quality by using these oily fuser wipers.
by unknown on Jan 9, 2008 at 9:01am Add comment
hey hey hey...
T640 is not meant to use a fuser wiper...
the fusers are designed that way. they went back to the drawing board and asked themselves "what creates more wear on fuser rollers"... and it is the encrusted build up that marks the rollers.
The fuser rollers now are designed so thin now, this is to enable the quicker warm up times and quicker time to first page out...
The only time you require a fuser wiper is if the machine basically prints LABELS ONLY.... then you can get a special one...
by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2008 at 5:37am Add comment