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Old Dec 2nd, 2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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Should I leave my printer on all the time?

I have my Brother HL-2040 laser-jet printer hooked-up to my Imac G5 but on a different electrical outlets: the Mac on a UPS, the printer on a regular power bar along with other items, such as a crt monitor for a pc, and various transformers. At night the power bar sometimes gets turned off to save some electricity. other times its the Imac that also gets shut down. When the Imac or the Power bar is turned back on, the printer comes on for a few minutes. Seems to be doing some sort of cycle where the fan inside is on and a motor is running. Is this similar to a clean cycle on a bubble jet printer that wastes a lot of ink? An old Epson printer I dismantled had a thick goo of ink inside from years of what I figure was the cleaning cycle.
Should the printer always be on to avoid wasting ink?
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Old Dec 2nd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Laser printers do not have a cleaning cycle so you have no need to worry about wasting toner.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2006, 01:09 PM   #3
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Laser printers have to heat up so you are likely witnessing a heat cycle. Check the manufacturers website and see if they comment on the energy used in a low power state vs. energy used on start-up.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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If it helps, my Brother HL-2040 is on 24/7. It is hooked up to my server (see sig), which is also on 24/7. It warms up when it gets a print job (the heat cycle), but seems to otherwise shut off - no noise, lights etc until a print job comes through.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2006, 06:48 PM   #5
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The only printers that need to remain switched on are the Xerox wax printers and most inkjet printers (but not Epson piezo-electric). Even then, it is for marginal benefit (i.e. a switched off inkjet printer may need a print-head cleaning cycle if it has been off for a couple of weeks)
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Old Sep 7th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #6
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I have my Brother HL-2040 laser-jet printer hooked-up to my Imac G5 but on a different electrical outlets: the Mac on a UPS, the printer on a regular power bar along with other items, such as a crt monitor for a pc, and various transformers. At night the power bar sometimes gets turned off to save some electricity. other times its the Imac that also gets shut down. When the Imac or the Power bar is turned back on, the printer comes on for a few minutes. Seems to be doing some sort of cycle where the fan inside is on and a motor is running. Is this similar to a clean cycle on a bubble jet printer that wastes a lot of ink? An old Epson printer I dismantled had a thick goo of ink inside from years of what I figure was the cleaning cycle.
Should the printer always be on to avoid wasting ink?
"This may seem like a basic thing, turning a printer on and off…How can that be a problem? It isn’t unless you turn it on and off from a power strip. Never do that. When you turn a printer off, it parks the heads in a very specific place. Shutting the printer down from a power strip may by pass the normal shut down procedure and the heads may not be parked properly. This can lead to the head drying out and becoming clogged."

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Old Sep 7th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #7
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The only printers that need to remain switched on are the Xerox wax printers and most inkjet printers (but not Epson piezo-electric). Even then, it is for marginal benefit (i.e. a switched off inkjet printer may need a print-head cleaning cycle if it has been off for a couple of weeks)
My Brother inkjet is switched off most of the time, (I do very little printing).
It actually comes to life all on its own periodically and does a head cleaning cycle.
All I know is that for the 3 years I've had it, on the rare occasion when I need to print, it has always worked.

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Old Sep 7th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #8
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We have this exact same printer at my office, and we leave it on 24/7. Of course, we also have about 20 people who may need to print off of it any time, so it always has to be on standby. For a personal user, it really doesn't matter.
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"This may seem like a basic thing, turning a printer on and off…How can that be a problem? It isn’t unless you turn it on and off from a power strip. Never do that. When you turn a printer off, it parks the heads in a very specific place. Shutting the printer down from a power strip may by pass the normal shut down procedure and the heads may not be parked properly. This can lead to the head drying out and becoming clogged."

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Holy cow! you dug that one from a long time ago.
Anyhow, this is a laser jet so I don't think it has print heads like an ink jet printer but i could be wrong.
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Old Sep 7th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #10
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Holy cow! you dug that one from a long time ago.
Anyhow, this is a laser jet so I don't think it has print heads like an ink jet printer but i could be wrong.
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I finally found an answer to the original post! It took a while.

Actually, I just got a new Epson inkjet and I Googled to see what the recommended maintenance, etc. are. And I saw this thread, felt that I had something to contribute in case someone else was searching for info, I registered, and posted what I found.

Then, a few other people submitted posts. Okay.
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