Want your Brother laser machine to last? Replace your drum unit!

Did you know that regularly replacing your Brother laser machine’s drum unit can extend its life, improve print quality, and put off the purchase of a new machine for years and years?

Check out our handy new guide to learn everything you need to know about Brother drum units, your new favourite thing in the world!

So, what’s a Brother drum unit anyway?

Drum_unitBrother laser machines have two gizmos—or consumables—that need occasional replacing: the toner cartridge and the drum. The toner cartridge contains powder (or toner) used for creating words and images on paper. The drum, or “organic photo conductor” is the heart of the machine: it takes the toner and gets it onto the page. (Colour laser machines have two additional replaceable gizmos, the belt and waste toner pack, but we won’t worry about those for now.)

Is the Brother drum a member of the percussion group of musical instruments (also known as a membranophone)?

You’re banging on the wrong drum. (But you’re our kind of cheeky.)

How do I know when to replace a drum?

Drums get worn out with use. It’s a fact of life. How do you know when to replace them? Simple. Most Brother printers will display a “Replace Drum Soon” message giving you ample time to buy a new one. When a drum unit reaches the end of its life, the message will change to, “Drum Life End.” You won’t be able to continue printing until it’s been replaced and reset. One big advantage with Brother machines is that the drum and toner are separate. So you can replace only the gizmo you need to.

How do I change it?

The instructions on resetting a drum vary from one model to the next, but you can find the reset instructions for your machine on our Solutions website. Just look up your model and check out the FAQs for “Replace Drum.”



Where do I get a drum?

Good question! You can buy them directly off our site or from your favourite office supplies store. Or get in touch with our highly trained, Montreal-based Canadian Consumer Sales & Satisfaction agents at Brother.ca/support. They’re always ready to help.

For best performance, use only Genuine Brother drums and toner cartridges. Printing with a third-party drum or toner can reduce not only the print quality, but also the quality and life of the printer itself. You can also lose warranty coverage for problems caused by third-party drums or toner cartridges.

Our environmental commitment

Brother is deeply committed to the environment. We offer printers with highly compact bodies, and all-in-ones that print, fax, copy and scan. (The only thing they won’t do is make your coffee!) When creating new products, we always consider our environment and aim to reduce power consumption and save paper. Our laser all-in-ones offer several eco-conscious features like energy conservation mode, duplex (2-sided) printing, and Toner Saving Mode.

So, when you get that “Replace drum soon” message, don’t panic. It’s easy to buy and install a new one. And you’ll keep your machine in tip-top shape for years to come—while saving money and the environment!



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