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Salvaging Useful Parts from Copy Machines: Stepper Motors, BLDC…

Salvaging Useful Parts from Copy Machines:  Stepper Motors, BLDC...

In this episode I discuss which parts can be salvaged from copy machines.
Correction: I said something wrong in the video. What I called a "Flyback Converter" is actually the circuit that powers the tube. The high voltage generator is for the drum. Sorry I didn't have time to take a closer look before making the video.

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  1. Date: January 29, 2017 at 06:34
    Author: Larry Chen

    A lot of the time, the hybrid ICs used in these things can take a long time to figure out. If you're looking for easy ways to get these things to run, stepping motor drivers (mostly the ones used for 3D printers and CNC) can be had for quite cheap (a few dollars) on eBay or AliExpress and require minimal effort to hook up as they are boards with all the components on them, commonly accepting step and direction pins.

  2. Date: January 31, 2017 at 22:44
    Author: Jeremy Robles

    I watched this video for the first time two days ago. I immediately went onto Craigslist to see what I could find. Lo and behold, on the first page of the free section I found a working photocopier that had been posted only 15 hours earlier. I texted the guy and yesterday went to pick it up! The only unlucky bit was it weighed 250 pounds and had to come down ten stairs before we were at street level.

    Having looked it up online, it seems these are going for between $1700-4500 US used. So I may not take it apart just yet 😉

  3. Date: February 9, 2017 at 15:33
    Author: John Doe

    Machines like those often had a hard drive that stored a copy of everything that has been copied. I would be sure to take that out if giving a machine like this away. Imagine the eerie possibilities that leaves open. There are people who have been identity theft victims because of this. I wonder if the newest machines use a volatile temporary storage for this now that automatically erases itself at the end.

  4. Date: February 19, 2017 at 13:31
    Author: Netty Voyager

    convert them into step motors for telescope mounts and the focuses bracket cog etc

  5. Date: February 21, 2017 at 14:17
    Author: Tech Build

    Any project ideas for the motors you salvaged? We would be glad to know.

  6. Date: March 5, 2017 at 17:58
    Author: Doug Hanchard

    Brilliant. Junk that really is a gold mine for those that understand what the potential is.

  7. Date: March 13, 2017 at 17:07
    Author: uberism81

    Cool video. Interesting perspective on reclaiming used parts. Liked and sub'd!

  8. Date: March 14, 2017 at 16:07
    Author: TheKatr2

    9:16 the price is only from internet in a real shop this motor in this quality x2 / x2.5

  9. Date: March 31, 2017 at 14:07

    After watching this video , I went to Craigslist and sure enough found one in my city … can't wait to go pick it up. Thank you.

  10. Date: April 11, 2017 at 11:56

    You need to look at "how to pack a car" tutorial. My car is WAY smaller than yours, and I could have gotten that in. I can't speak for the suspension, but I would just take speed bumps slower.

  11. Date: April 13, 2017 at 22:02
    Author: Jeff DIxon

    <works for a very large copier printer manufacturer. You would be amazed at the stuff we get out of old units. FYI. The late 90's early 2k have the best components. Relays and the like. Newer units have more expanded mechanical drives "less motors ". Happy hunting. !!! Some of those components have been used In a few of my projects on my channel

  12. Date: May 3, 2017 at 01:42
    Author: Cyborg sheep

    how do you find out the maximum current that a power supply can output if you don't know

  13. Date: June 6, 2017 at 20:25
    Author: moosefarms

    I've pulled some good parts out of regular household printers and scanners, but I have yet to disassemble a large copier like this. jealous!

  14. Date: July 12, 2017 at 01:02
    Author: Paul Murphy

    Your presentations make my imagination go wild. This, no doubt is your goal. My highest compliment.

  15. Date: July 15, 2017 at 13:05
    Author: John Roe

    man… I found three of these printers at a thrift store I was working at. they had them in their scrap pile out back. I asked if I could get some parts off of them and they didn't mind at first but for some reason they stopped letting me strip them down. then they recycled them. I got about 8 good steppers and the PCB boards with the drivers though

  16. Date: July 15, 2017 at 13:08
    Author: John Roe

    I've gotta say, PAI, these are some of the best videos I've found

  17. Date: July 19, 2017 at 03:14
    Author: Arthur Brazzle

    After watchig this, I immediately went on craigslist, found one 10 minutes away, and am picking it up tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea on a source of free parts.

  18. Date: July 22, 2017 at 02:28
    Author: John Roe

    I just bought 2 of the smaller Xerox copy machines for ten bucks from a church undergoing renovation. The huge tube in the middle of the machines that has the two decent bearings on either side and the half cylinder of whatever in the middle… Did you figure out a use for it? I'm thinking of integrating it into a robotic arm but was wondering if you had a better idea… I've got two of them now

  19. Date: July 23, 2017 at 00:34
    Author: Michael D

    i see these on CL free all the time i got one and got a lot of good stepper motors big ones

  20. Date: October 27, 2017 at 18:51

    We had that same copy machine at work. It was about 5 years old and still worked fine but when the new machine came they literally wheeled the old machine out and tossed it into the refuse container out on the dock. Made me sick.

  21. Date: November 30, 2017 at 13:00
    Author: manerlind

    What an excellent pronunciation. A very clear and pleasant voice! ?etter than the islanders) Greetings from Russia 😉

  22. Date: December 11, 2017 at 22:48
    Author: Erjet Malaj

    @The Post Apocalyptic Inventor
    I have seen some one using Stepper Motors, and making them turn, by simply connecting the minus to the ground though a cable and a digged rod metal , and the plus to half spherical coper plate hanged in a tree or something similar.

    Do you need them? I need one

  23. Date: December 27, 2017 at 15:25
    Author: Garvens Eliacin

    Hi I'm Eliacin I would like to know in what types of machine I can find these components and these engines please?

  24. Date: January 2, 2018 at 09:18
    Author: Morbious Stone

    Hey man great vid and a great score! I was wondering is the H7123 the same size as a Nema 23? If so these would be great in a starter CNC mill

  25. Date: January 13, 2018 at 11:46
    Author: andy artin

    i could have picked one of those up but as I am female and 71, couldnt do it myself….but the next time i see one, i sure will find someone to help me….you did a great job in the video.

  26. Date: March 8, 2018 at 15:23
    Author: albear972

    6:47 a full bridge rectifier? Holy crap! I used to work at a copier sales place 10 years ago and we dealt with Minoltas. I know this copier well. During my years there we took in those old trade ins, even newer than this one and stripped off the serial numbers and sent them to the landfill. Sometimes when we needed a part we sent the old machine to the techs and they would pull out a board from an old machine and junk the rest. I do remember those machines having dozens and dozens of motors and interesting looking boards. While I had free time I did what you did and got many sweet sturdy roller dollies from the bottom of copy machines. We still have some here that we use at times.

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