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Necessary part to change; easy to buy and easy to install
on January 24, 2012
A broken belt unit can lead to bit of a clean-up job inside your printer, so replacing the belt unit is for peace. Changing the belt unit in the Brother duplexing color laser model HL4040CDN simple. With the power switched to "Off", open the front of the printer as if changing toner. Slide out the drum unit until it stops. Remove the drum unit and set it on a clean paper on a table top. Lift the old belt unit out. It lifts from this green tab at the front of the belt unit. It weighs only a couple of pounds so it is easy to lift up and out from the printer. Replacing is the reverse of the process. Note: If you are changing out the excess toner box, it sits right below the belt unit, and that is just one more step to replace. I changed out the excess toner box while changing out my belt unit because it was about due, too. Afterwards the instructions walked me through the procedure to reset the belt unit counter via the on-printer menu. The procedure took 9 minutes in total to change both.
The price is about $25 less via Amazon--delivered--than it is to buy in the local Office Depot.
We have gone 37,000 pages printed thus far in two years. We are on the original drum. There is no toning, and no dots or streaks appearing on the image. The drum is behaving well thus far.
Amazon's ordering process was easy. Order processing was by the next day. And delivery took 2 days--to Hawaii. And we had selected Super Saver Shipping which was free.
21 months later and we are being advised by the printer to change the belt unit again. $94 is steep; however, having read of several other experiences with broken belt units it is perhaps wise to change it. I've managed to stretch my usage by about 30,000 pages. That might be worth considering.
While toner costs are strictly 1.5 cents per page in our use, the ancillary costs are adding up. So while ink printing may be more expensive; those new HP full page width ink cartridges can become cost-competitive since inkjet printers have far fewer parts of wear as compared to their laser counterparts. Your mileage may vary.