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Version of the Universal Ricoh MP402 Drum Unit

Why make a general version of the Ricoh mp402 drum unit? First of all, we need to understand under what circumstances we need to replace the drum unit. Under the hood, a laser printer is a very complex machine with many internal components working together to create a crisp printed image on the page. Lasers, mirrors, photosensitive drums, rollers and fuser units, all of which are essential to the printing process.

The drum unit, like the toner cartridge, needs to be replaced when it is worn out.

Many consumers have an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. But drum unit replacement is critical to the health of your laser printer. Even if you just inserted new printer toner, a deteriorating drum unit can cause streaks, smudges, and blank spots on printed pages. While a damaged drum unit won’t damage your printer, it just won’t stop printing at some point.

Sadly, there are no special tips for resolving this nasty situation, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re using brand-name cartridges or cheap printer ink alternatives. But fortunately, the photosensitive drum unit does not need to be replaced as frequently as the toner cartridge.

More names for Ricoh mp402 drum unit

So as for the circumstances under which we need to replace the drum unit, we can just understand here. For more details, please refer to our other article “When Should I Replace Drum Unit for my Printer?”. Back to our topic, then, why make a general version of the Ricoh mp402 drum unit? What we know is that ricoh mp402 drum unit is suitable for Ricoh Aficio MP401spf, Ricoh Aficio MP402spf, Ricoh SP4520, Lanier MP401, Savin MP401. So many customers will also call this drum unit Ricoh mp401, mp 401, mp 402, mp 401spf, mp 402spf drum unit and so on.

What kind of machine is the universal version of Ricoh mp402 drum unit suitable for?

Before they become universal drum unit, the difference between them may only be the difference between a few card slots and chips on the plastic shell, and most of the others are the same. So this leads to a problem, if we have several such For Ricoh machines, when they need to replace the drum unit, we need to buy several drum units that look the same but the actual price is different from others, which is very troublesome and not conducive to our business development.

So in response to this problem, we remodeled and upgraded the original recycled Ricoh mp402 drum unit, removed some useless card slots, and made them universal, which perfectly solved this problem and greatly saved our cost. The specific location can be seen in the figure below:

In terms of versatility, our compatible Ricoh mp401 drum unit is mainly the plastic shell of the drum unit is universal, and the chip is not universal. See the table below for detailed models:

Ricoh MP401 Drum Unit

Ricoh MP402 Drum Unit

Model OEM Code Color Suitable for Chip Yield
SP450 SP400/408059 Black Ricoh SP 450DN/SP 400DN With chip 20K
SP4510 SP 4500/407324 Black Ricoh SP 3600SF/3610SF/3600DN/4510SF/4510DN/4510SF With chip 20K
MP401 SP 4500/407324 Black Ricoh Aficio MP401spf/402spf/SP4520, Lanier MP401, Savin MP401 With chip 20K

For the matching Ricoh mp401 toner cartridge, our toner cartridge plastic shell are all common, and the chip and capacity are different. Please refer to the table below for the detailed model:

Model OEM Code Color Suitable for Chip Yield
SP450 SP400E/408062 Black SP450DN/SP400 With chip 2.5K
SP450 SP400LE/408061 Black SP450DN/SP400 With chip 5K
SP450 SP400HE/408060 Black SP450DN/SP400 With chip 10K
SP4500S 407320 Black Ricoh SP 3600SF/DN/3610SF/4510SF/DN With chip 6K
SP4500HS 407312 Black Ricoh SP 3600SF/DN/3610SF/4510SF/DN With chip 12K
MP401 MP 401/841886 Black Ricoh Aficio MP401spf/402spf/SP4520, Lanier MP401, Savin MP401 With chip 10.4K

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