How to Replace Okidata Drums

Many printers use a separate drum and toner cartridge so that each can be easily replaced independently.  Other printers use a toner cartridge that includes the drum, so that both are replaced at once.  Okidata printers are unique in that they use a separate toner cartridge and drum, but they snap together into a single unit.  Though there are slight differences in cartridges and drums between various OKI laser printer models, the concept is the same.

Sometimes new Okidata customers who have recently purchased their first Okidata laser printer do not realize that the imaging drum and cartridge are two separate pieces locked together.  Thus, when they order a replacement cartridge, the size of it can be awfully confusing as it is considerably smaller than the full assembly.

Okidata Drum

This is an Okidata drum without a cartridge.

Okidata Cartridge

This is an Okidata cartridge that is not yet attached to a drum.










As you can see, the drum is like a cradle that the Okidata toner cartridge snaps into.  After you snap it into place, there is a blue lever that will lock the cartridge in.  Once the two parts are connected, the assembly can be installed into the machine.  When it comes times to replace the cartridge, it is as simple as opening the top panel and turning that same lever to unlock the cartridge.  You can remove it and install the new one without having to remove the drum.  To replace the drum, though, the entire assembly must come out.  Unlock and remove the cartridge and simply snap it in to the new drum, then reinstall.

This process is shown very clearly in the video below:


The process of replacing Okidata drums and cartridges can be confusing for first-timers or for people who have been using laser printers made by other manufacturers.  Once you understand the system, however, it is quite simple.

Steve Leigh
Steven Leigh has been enthusiastic about technology since he was very young, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others, through his writing. He is also a composer, a musician, and a singer, experimenting with the blending of technology and music with his recording and performance projects. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and running in 5K races and is currently training for his first 10K.

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