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December 2014

Toner Refill

How to Remove the Filler Plug from a Brother TN460 and Refill Cartridge?

The Brother toner cartridge is definitely refill friendly. An inspection of the Brother TN460 toner cartridge reveals a fill hole at the non gear side of the cartridge unit that is sealed with a large white plastic filler plug. Thus, users intending to refill the cartridge will only have to remove the filler plug. Administering the refill is such a simple process that even a fifth grader can perform it easily. Below is a quick rundown of the refill procedures for an empty TN460 toner cartridge.

LTS Toner Refill Toner Plugs for Brother Printer Cartridges

LTS Toner Refill Toner Plugs for Brother Printer Cartridges

More tips and tricks to printer maintenance and how you can save on printing supplies from the Printer Encyclopedia.

Removing the Filler Plug

  1. The first step is to unload the empty Brother toner cartridge from the printer.
  2. Position it on a flat and sturdy surface.
  3. Explore the side of the cartridge and look for a large, white plastic filler plug.
  4. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pluck out the filler plug. In the absence of a screwdriver, the plug can be removed with the aid of the user’s thumbnail.

The removal of the plug opens up the toner supply chamber.

Brother TN-460 TN460 2 Pack High Yield Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

Brother TN-460 TN460 2 Pack High Yield Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

Refilling the Cartridge

  1. Position the Brother TN460 cartridge upside down with the fill hole facing a plastic sheet lined trashcan.
  2. Slowly empty the chamber of used toner. Note that residual TN 460 toner previously submitted to electrostatic charges must be discarded. If retained inside the chamber and mixed with new toner, the residual toner will contaminate the latter and cause print irregularities.
  3. Clean the toner supply chamber thoroughly. If available, use a toner vacuum to rid the chamber of toner.
  4. After cleaning, pull out the replacement bottle of toner from the toner refill kits designed to refill Brother TN-460 cartridges.
  5. Open the seal and screw-on the funnel cap. Carefully transfer TN 460 toner into the chamber through the fill hole.
  6. Once toner transfer is complete, replace the filler plug or use a new one in case the existing plug is damaged. Likewise wipe out cartridge’s surface from specks of residual toner.
  7. Open the Brother toner cartridge cavity and adjust the reset gear. This completes the refill process.
  8. Shake the cartridge slightly and load the cartridge back to the printer.
  9. Perform test prints.
Brother TN-460 TN-430 HL-1440 HL-1270 2 Pack Toner Refill

Brother TN-460 TN-430 HL-1440 HL-1270 2 Pack Toner Refill

The conduct of do-it-yourself refills on a Brother toner cartridge is not only easy but can also generate user savings of up to $51.50. This was reckoned from the price difference of a 2 pack OEM Brother TN460 toner cartridge and a twin pack Brother TN460 toner refill kit that retail for $125 and $22 respectively.

Get your supplies for toner compatible with Brother-TN-460 only from reputed vendors online who can guarantee the quality of their products.

Reuse empty toner cartridges and save as much as 80% on printing costs. Visit and shop for the toner refill kit compatible with your cartridge.

Laser Printers

Lexmark T520 Toner Compatible Cartridges – What Makes It the Trusted Alternative to the OEM?

Users of laser printers are aware that the only negative aspect of operating one is the cost of the replacement OEM printer cartridges. Certainly, with cost almost at par with the printer, something unforgiving must really be in the works that drives manufacturers to consider even selling the cartridges at horrendous prices. Users who think of the OEM as too restricting, finds comfort in the use of alternate products like the Lexmark T520 toner cartridges that is not only financially liberating but print quality driven as well.

What is a compatible cartridge? Well, for the plebe in the laser printing business, a toner cartridge is a near clone of the OEM but with distinct differences to avoid infringement of the copyright laws. Physically though, there are no distinguishing differences apparent – reinforcing the observation that compatibles look like their OEM counterpart, weighs like one and even smells like one. Similarities include print coverage and print quality, although compatibles have different toner formulation as opposed to the OEM.

Lexmark T610 T612 12A5745 Black Remanufactured High Yield Toner Cartridge

Lexmark T610 T612 12A5745 Black Remanufactured High Yield Toner Cartridge

Can compatibles outperform an OEM? Yes, compatibles are produced following the standard created for the OEM to duplicate performance. Compatibles and OEMs carry similar toner load in grams, yet in some tests, compatibles deliver more printed pages in comparison. There really is no question in print quality because both products exhibit excellent performance – it is only in print coverage that both differ. However, as toner used in compatibles is of an entirely different formulation, here is where the similarity ends.

What makes compatibles better than the OEM? Compared to the OEM, compatibles are trade-off in cost, since an OEM Lexmark for instance is available for $150 for a print capacity of 10,000 pages (5% coverage) – the Lexmark T520 toner cartridge is 30% cheaper at only $99. The cost difference is really the driving leverage behind the popularity of compatible cartridges because technically one cannot outweigh the other. In addition, users would really choose a much more economical product when questions about quality are irrelevant.

Why are compatibles cheaper than OEMs? Price comparison between toner products is really worth looking at. At the present flow of production, cartridge parts are no longer exclusive to printer manufacturers – outsourcing has become the standard practice. All the parts come from different sources, although the OEM manufacturers really put a lot of technical expertise to do the assembly meticulously at first-rate A1 laboratories – logically to maintain the standard of quality. However, third party manufacturers of Lexmark T520 compatible toner, for example, practically follow the same production processes and yet compatibles are sold way off the cost of OEMs.

Next time your Lexmark laser printer is out of toner, pick a Lexmark T520 compatible toner, the trusted alternative to the OEM at less cost.