Laserwriters, Stylewriters and other printers

[LaserWriter 8500]

Most recent revision of this page dated Aug 27 2013

The other Mac systems and accessories I have available are linked and referenced on my Mac home page, go there for details. Follow this link for ordering information and terms and conditions of sale.

Meanwhile, here are the links to my Mac printers on this page:


What we offer, common questions

For the last few years, we've not offered complete Apple LaserWriter printers, only parts. (We may have a few left, check below.) They are too old and fragile, demand is low, and shipping costs are high. We continue to offer Apple Stylewriter and ImageWriter printers, complete or their parts. We try to offer partsfor many Apple laser printers. But through 2008 and into 2009, people stopped ordering parts. So, I'll close out the remaining laser printer parts - I'll consider offers if you ask for enough LaserWriter parts. Otherwise, out they go with the trash! (So don't wait.)

For selecting a printer to buy, printer features, connecting the printer to your computer, or a network, or other common questions, check my Mac FAQ., or check Apple's Web site from my Mac links page.. Also check the Web for discussion groups (Usenet newsgroups, etc.) and user-supporting Web sites for Apple equipment. There are additional notes on another Web page about Ethernet networking and Apple printers.

Our warrenties for printers are as follows: For complete laser printers, check the specific description. We will warrent inkjet printers for good print and good paper feed. Printers with specifically identified conditions are warrented to those conditions. Any printer will misfeed if the paper or environment is too dry or too humid, or will misfeed some kinds of paper. OUR PRICES ARE MODEST, these printers are old, so our warrenties are modest.

CAN I RECOMMEND A REPAIR SERVICE? Nope. There are some good services out there, they will cost you money for parts and labor. Chances are, you'll say that costs too much.

MY PRINTER'S LIGHTS ARE BLINKING. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY PRINTER?. Most Apple printers use blinking lights to show an error condition, except the normal blink of the "ready" light when a page is sent or is about to print. Check the printer's manual for explanations. Or check Apple's Web site for the manual or for descriptions of these lights. Or check other Web sites which offer further info and diagnostic suggestions. My list of Mac Web pointers shows Apple Web site links and links to other sites. Check my list of Mac frequent questions for some info.

In addition, you can "setup" your printer and Mac to provide VERY INFORMATIVE error messages. Early Mac software such as "Apple Printer Utility" can run your printer and provide more information. Check this Apple Web link for some info about this program. It only runs under System 7.something and not OS 8 or OS 9 or OS X.

I'm just going to buy a new printer. Parts are too expensive, I don't know how to repair. I understand that cost of repair competes with "new" printers. However, you'll find that many new printers are USB, which older Macs cannot use. Also all new printers require very specific software "drivers" which old Macs don't have. In short, owners of older Macs are generally obliged to use Apple printers of similar age.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.


Apple laser printers, parts and controllers

On this Web page I have parts and assemblies available for many Apple laser printers. Thse are mostly used but tested. When I can I will test them again before shipping.Unused Apple printer service parts are on another Web page.

Keep in mind, that most Apple-brand laser printers use many of the same printer parts as older HP (Hewett-Packard) laser printers. A former product line manager at Apple explained: "Both Canon and HP at one time got their print engines from Peerless Systems. The devices were manufactured by Canon at their site in Japan for Apple." The "print engine" is the mechanical parts and the electronics which run them, excluding the "controller" that was made by Apple (or HP or other companies). So for most Apple printers there is are corresponding parts which are compatible. Try to determine which HP print is similar to your Apple printer. Some Web sites may have that info.

Laserwriter 8500

[LaserWriter 8500] Laserwriter 8500 laser printer. Postscript, 600dpi with serial, parallel and Ethernet capability, handles 11 inch wide paper. One paper tray, can hold 8.5 X 11 up to about 12" X 12" paper. Other paper trays can handle 11 X 17" paper, or you can feed these sheets manually into this printer. Normally we only selling PARTS from our 8500 printers. Ask about specific parts and check the list below.

Laserwriter 8500 fuser A good used fuser, pulled from a working 8500 printer, is $59 plus shipping and packing. Shipping weight for a packed fuser is 7 lbs.

part number 922-2777, cassette pickup roller for 8500, 1 set of four, unused. $25 plus shipping.

Laserwriter 8500 toner cartridge, M5893G/A. Used, $20 plus shipping.

Laserwriter 8500 I/O or control board is $49 plus shipping and packing. That's the board your external cables plug into. Contact us for details.

Laserwriter 8500 paper cassettes and trays. The cassette is both the paper tray and the frame which holds the tray and which delivers the paper inside for printing. The tray is the "drawer" which is user removable and which holds the paper. The 8500 allows a user to add a SECOND paper cassette, stacked underneath the printer and held with two simple screws.

We have a few 8500 trays and cassettes available. Ask for price with shipping, these are large so shipping costs will be comparable to the price.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.


other Laserwriters

Laserwriter 16/600 PS laser printer. Supports a variety of connections including SCSI (external storage) Ethernet, parallel port (PC/Windows), Appletalk and serial port. These print several pages a minute at 600 DPI, it's one of Apple's best printers of that time. Uses HP Laserjet 4 type toner cartridges, still available. Printer shipping weight 55 lbs. We no longer stock 16/600 printers. We have parts - ask about specific parts.

Laserwriter 12/640 Postscript laser printer. Has PC type parallel port, Appletalk port, and network Ethernet port. Printer shipping weight 40 lbs. We no longer carry these printers. However we have some parts, and many parts are compatible with the 16/600 printer. Ask about specific parts.

Laserwriter Pro 630 PostScript 2 laser printer. 8 pages/minute (8 ppm), 300dpi or 600dpi and PhotoGrade option, with 8MB RAM (expandable to 32MB in a pair of 72-pin SIMMS). External SCSI connector (like on PowerBook) for font storage. Physically similar to Laserwriter 16/600, with Ethernet, Mac serial. Also parallel and serial connectors for HP Laserjet IIP emulation with PCL 4+ for Windows/Intel PC's. Physical "print engine" very similar to HP Laserjet 4 series, uses similar parts and toner cartridge. Printer shipping weight 45 lbs. We no longer stock PRo 630 printers. We have parts - ask about specific parts.

Laserwriter Pro 630 or Pro 600 fuser $35 plus shipping.

Laserwriter Pro 600Postscript laser printer. Not available, but it has many parts in common with the Laserwriter Pro 630. Ask about specific parts.

Laserwriter Select 360 Postscript 2 laser printer, 600 DPI. Apple serial port. Also emulates LaserJet III on serial or parallel port. Shipping weight 35 lbs. No printers available. Ask about specific parts.

Laserwriter Select 310 Looks similar to Select 360 but Postscript 1 laser printer. With PC type parallel port, Appletalk port. 5 pages/minute, 300 dpi. Prints and feeds OK over several pages. Shipping weight 35 lbs.

Laserwriter Select 300, 360, 310 fuser $35 plus shipping.

We have some unused Apple printer parts on the linked Web page. The parts on this page are good USED parts unless specifically noted.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.

Personal Laserwriters

Personal Laserwriter 300, 320 & 4/600 PS. Small desktop laser printers, print 4 pages/minute, look identical but have different controllers.

Personal Laserwriter SC, LS, NT, NTR

[Personal LaserWriter]

We rarely stock these as printers; ask about parts. Parts like controllers or power supplies are available: please include the model name of your printer AND the part number(s) on the part to avoid a mismatch. The models NT and NTR have removable controllers. Remove two screws and the user can remove the NT or NTR controller to replace it or upgrade it. The LS controller is not customer-removable. PRinter shipping weight varies from 35 to 45 pounds.

Some models of the Personal Laserwriter have a lower paper tray or cassette, in an optional base under the printer. It holds about 200 sheets, and is used as an alternative to feeding paper from the "multipurpose tray" which folds out from the front. You can buy one and attach it to your printer, by removing the old base (four screws) and attaching this "new" base (four other screws). We have a few of these available.

For memory, the model SC uses 4 30-pin SIMM memory; the NT uses two 30-pin SIMMS; the NTR uses one 1MB/2MB 72-pin SIMM with "cas before ras" or "auto refresh" capability.

Personal Laserwriter parts and upgrades:

NOTE: Regarding power supplies, some have an AC switch on the power suppply (near the A/C outlet), some have the AC switch on a cable (other side from A/C outlet). Please identify this feature on your power supply. Also, here are power supply model numbers we are aware of:
LS/NT/NTR supply, two DC power connectors/cables, A/C switch on cable: RG1-2298
early LS supply, one DC power connector/cable, A/C switch on cable: RH3-2101
please supply a printer model, power supply number and describe the A/C switch position if possible when ordering.

I have a box of UNUSED Personal Laserwriter printer parts, listed by Apple part number. Check our Personal Laserwriter printer parts Web page for specifics.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.

LaserWriter II printers (IIg, IIf, IInt, IIntr, IIsc)

[LaserWriter II] LaserWriter II printers were manufactured in the 1990's. These printers are very reliable, readily repaired and strongly built. They use one of the cheapest-per-page toner cartridges around, typically good for 3000 pages. I've seen some of these printers with page counts of 200,000 pages or more! As of 2005 we no longer sell these printers because of shipping cost and age, but we do sell good used parts, and some NEW parts. Shipping weight of any LW II printer is about 70 lbs, adding $50 or more to their cost.

The LW II supports PostScript printing (except the IIsc) via the Mac modem/printer port. The IIg supports Ethernet; the IIf is identical to the IIg except the IIf has no Ethernet port; the IIntx and IInt have slower processors than the IIf or IIg. Most models (except the IInt and IIsc) will accept memory upgrades. The IIsc controller uses a SCSI connection and is offered for replacement only. The IInt, IIntx, IIf and IIg use an Appletalk or serial connection, and are also supported by Windows 95 and 98. Apple's Web site has much more info on this series of printers, check there if you need tech info to make a selection.

The controller card is a card in the back of the printer, with various connectors and with the LW II model name. It runs the printer and determines the model (f, g, nt, ntx, sc) and establishes the printer's features. This controller card is easily removed and upgraded with a replacement. A controller card is required for printer use.

Laserwriter II parts and accessories

We have some unused Apple printer parts on the linked Web page. The parts on this page are good used parts unless specifically noted.

I have the following LaserWriter II controllers. Shipping wt. for each alone is 10 lbs.
LW IIsc controller, not PostScript, SCSI interface only. one available, $29 plus ship.
LW IINT controller, PostScript level 1, 2 MB of RAM: OUT.
LW IINTX controller, PostScript level 1, 68020 CPU, 1 MB of RAM: one, $49 plus shipping.
LW IIf controller, PostScript level 2; 68030 CPU, no ethernet, uses 30 pin SIMM RAM. with 4MB RAM, $49 plus ship, OUT.
LW IIg controller WITH ETHERNET, PostScript level 2, 68030 CPU, uses 30 pin SIMM RAM: with 4MB RAM, $69 plus shipping, a few available
Ask about cost of more RAM.

Laserwriter II letter size paper trays, $15 each. Ship Wt. 4 lbs
Laserwriter II legal size paper trays, $20 each. Ship Wt. 5 lbs

Laserwriter II AC power supply, used good. This unit is the smaller supply with the AC outlet and power switch. There is a small fan on top of it, in a black case with black filter. Power supply: HP number RA1-4084, or Apple number 661-0427. used: ask if available. Fan not included, fan available for $15 .Some unused stock available, ask. Ship. Wt. 3 lbs.

Laserwriter II DC power supply, used good. This unit is the larger supply with the switching power supply HP number RG1-1394, or apple number 661-0424. used, $35 each. Some unused stock available, ask. Ship. Wt. 7 lbs

Laserwriter II fuser assembly, 661-0440, used good. Easily removed, just four screws at ends. $35 each, ship. Wt. 7 lbs

I have new unused paper pickup rollers for $19 plus shipping.

Other Laserwriter II parts are available; let me know what part you need and I'll see if I have a good used part available and quote a price.

Some UNUSED printer parts are available, by Apple part number. Check our unused Apple printer parts Web page for specifics.

AAUI to RJ-45 Ethernet adapters are available for the IIg's network connector, check my network adapter section for details.

Regarding memory: the IIf and IIg use 30 pin SIMM memory; the IIntx uses 64-pin SIMM memory; the IINT and IISC do not accept additional memory. Check my memory section for prices and availability of SIMM memory.

We have some unused Apple printer parts on the linked Web page. The parts on this page are good used parts unless specifically noted.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.

Laserwriter, Laserwriter Plus parts

We have some unused Apple printer parts on another WEb page. including most of our Laserwriter or Laserwriter Plus parts. We'd consider an offer for ALL the Laserwriter/Plus parts. Larger parts for this printer may be listed below. Apple Laserwriter Plus Kit, M0191 or 03B120128.
sealed, new old stock, one available. Make offer.

Apple inkjet printers and Imagewriters

Stylewriter inkjet printers

[Stylewriter printer] This is a typical image of a Stylewriter inkjet printer, this model is the Color Stylewriter 2400. Apple and others still make cartridges for these printers, and they are compatible with a variety of older Macs. Read this note for info on which inkjet cartridges to use with Stylewriter printers.Follow this link to see our supplies of inkjet cartridges.


StyleWriter inkjet printer (the original). We generally don't see many of these, but users of very old Macs with System 5 or 6 still ask for this printer. We have a few of these in stock. Contact us and see what we have in these printers and their parts, including power supplies ("power cords" with external supply). Also, check our software section for Apple software to allow you to use a Stylewriter II printer; and consider buying that printer. Printer cable only $5 more with printer.

StyleWriter II inkjet printer, without print cartridge $59. follow this link for unused old-stock color carrrier and color or b/w cartridges. Printer cable only $5 more with printer. shipping weight 15 lbs. As of May 2011 we have TWO in stock.

StyleWriter 1200 inkjet printer. Stylewriter 1200 w/o print cartridge $60. Prints and feeds OK. Ask about availability of unused old-stock b/w cartridges. Printer cable only $5 more with printer. shipping weight 15 lbs.
follow this link for unused old-stock color carrrier and color or b/w cartridges. Contact me to see if any are available.

Follow this link to see our supplies of inkjet cartridges.

Color StyleWriter 2400 inkjet printer. Uses either a black print head and ink cartridge, or a "carrier" which holds a black and a color ink cartridge. Printer without any cartridges or carrier, $65 plus shipping. With good used b/w print cartridge, $69. follow this link for unused old-stock color carrrier and color or b/w cartridges. Shipping extra for all prices. (See my document about cartridges for this printer.) Printer cable only $5 more w/printer. Shipping weight 15 lbs.

Color StyleWriter 1500 color inkjet printer, with Apple disks (or copies). A little rare. Looks like the Stylewriter II and 2400. Ask about price but it will be higher than the 2400 or 2500. One available.

Color StyleWriter 2500 inkjet printer. Looks and operates like Color Stylewriter 2400, but has external A/C power supply. Uses same print cartridges and ink containers as 2400 model, may print a little faster. Printer without any cartridges or carrier, with A/C supply, $?? plus shipping. follow this link for unused old-stock color carrrier and color or b/w cartridges. A/C power supply (power cable) available seperately for $19 plus shipping. (See my document about cartridges for this printer.) Printer cable only $5 more w/printer. Shipping weight 15 lbs. OUT OF STOCK. but we have the AC supplies for these.

Follow this link to see our supplies of inkjet cartridges.

Color Stylewriter 4100. This is an HP inkjet printer made for Mac use; it is very different from the Apple-made Stylewriters. We no longer have this in stock. We have some external AC power supplies or "power cords" for these at $10 each plus shipping and handling.

Color Stylewriter 2200 "portable" inkjet printer. Small inkjet intended for laptop and portable use. With cable and A/C supply. One printer available, not retested, worked once, as is. $29 plus shipping. Too little interest to maintain or test this printer. Estimated shipping weight 10 lbs.

Portable Stylewriter printer, M1446. Portable printer, holds a few sheets of paper, uses Stylewriter black print cartridge. (this is NOT the color model.) With A/C supply, internal batteries (probably dead), cable for serial print. Cable connects to PC parallel connector on Stylewriter. Uses Quickdraw driver, download it from Apple! Seems to print and handle paper OK; apple says 360 DPI printer, weight 4.5 lbs (including cables and A/C supply?). With A/C adapter and used print cartridge, One printer available, AS IS $29 plus shipping. Worked once but too little interest to maintain or test this printer.

Follow this link to see our supplies of inkjet cartridges.

Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.

Imagewriter printers

[ImageWriter II] The Imagewriter II was a popular "impact" or dot-matrix printer for the compact Macs and the Mac II series. It still is "required" when printing multipart forms as used by many businesses, but these printers are less common on the market in 2003. The one pictured is platinum (grey): white is also available. It has a 9-pin print head and can use a black ribbon or a color ribbon. For more info on the Imagewriter II, check my technical notes.

I also have a few Imagewriter I printers (Apple model A9M0303 printer), an older model of printer sold with Apple II, the Mac 128K and Mac 512K. Also ask if I have the rare and expensive Imagewriter IILQ with extra-wide carriage.

This links to a text page list of my currently available Imagewriter and Imagewriter II printers.

The IW II Appletalk option card for Appletalk networking is available, and easily installed. Ribbons and printer cables are also available. When ordering a printer, please specify color (grey or white); some printers we have are faded to yellow, let me know if you will accept one of them at a reduced price. Printers are sold "clean and working", tested but no extended warrenty.

The ImageWriter II came in two models. The older and heavier model A9M0310 (white) or A9M0320 (grey); and the newer model G0010 (C0090LL/A or C009011/A). They both perform and look identical; however some case parts are not interchangable. Both accept the same Appletalk add-on card. And the ribbons and print heads are the same. The features of the newer G0010 model are:
- lighter in weight due to switching power supply instead of A/C transformer supply.
- 24K of memory buffer, no memory upgrade card needed


ImageWriter II, model A9M0310 (white) or A9M0320 (grey). Ship. wt. 30 lbs.
- in white or grey/platinum: $69 plus shipping.

ImageWriter II, newer model G0010 (C0090LL/A or C009011/A). These were manufactured in grey only. $79 plus shipping, shipping wt. 21 lbs.

ImageWriter II sheet feeders. Allow automated use of standard sheet paper. Hard to find, many of these are damaged before I get them. Ask if I have any available. Price depends on condition and cosmetics. Shipping weight 10 lbs. A copy of the manual is available, ask for details.

Appletalk option for IW II, easy to install, but hard to find: $25 plus shipping.
- as above, in original box, A9B0311, with manual and papers: $35 plus shipping
- Imagewriter Appletalk manual, copy, 60 pages, $5 with card

See my network section for Appletalk Phonenet accessories.

Imagewriter and IW II ribbons:
Lightly used ribbons sold with printers only, $2 black $4 color.
Recent unused sealed black ribbons, $8 plus shipping; recent unused sealed color ribbons, ask.
Check with local office supply stores for new-stock ribbons in quantity.

This links to a text page list of my currently available Imagewriter and Imagewriter II printers.

For serial/printer cables, see my cables section.
Apple IW II manuals available: $15 each, see the books section.

ImageWriter I's, model number A9M0303, are available for $59 plus shipping. Shipping weight 19 lbs. Also, see the collectables section for an IW I in its original box! for connecting an Imagewriter I to a Mac, check this document.

This links to a text page list of my currently available Imagewriter and Imagewriter II printers.

Imagewriter IILQ with extra-wide carriage. This printer is the large version of the Imagewriter II, with a carriage over a foot wide. It will take the Appletalk card option like the IW II does, we have that available. Print quality is slightly better than the IW II. Shipping weight 50 lbs. But we had one of these for several years with no takers - so we no longer have this printer.

The Imagewriter I, II and IILQ all take the same ribbons. Check our SHIPPING AND ORDERING INFORMATION section to see how to order and pay.

Laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges

Laser printer toner cartridges

We have some good used toner cartridges for some Apple Laserwriters. But in the last few years we've not had requests for these, so we will no longer offer them. If you want one, ask. Otherwise, look for compatible toner cartridges from your local office supply store, or look in the Yellow Pages for a local company which offers "remanufacured" or "refilled" cartridges, or order them on the Web.

Inkjet cartridges

Read this note for info on which inkjet cartridges to use with Stylewriter printers.

We have some unused old stock inkjet tanks, cartridges, and carriers for the Stylewriters. These are Apple or Canon or other manufacturers, unused and sealed. They may require a little coaxing to get started. Often I will put a drop of water at the end of the ink "tank" or at the printhead. We generally want to sell these with printers, otherwise it costs several dollars to pack and ship even one of these.

For Color Stylewriter 2400 and 2500:
color ink tank for use with color/black - $6
black ink tank for use with color/black - $6
color/black carrier - $10
black print cartridge for black only - $12

For Stylewriter, Stylewriter II, Stylewriter 1200:
blank ink cartridge - $8


Ethernet for Apple printers

Some people ask about running their Apple printers off Ethernet. Our notes about this are on our Mac Network parts page and those notes are called Networking notes: connections, printers, software issues.

other printer adapters

This section will list devices which adapt printers to the Mac or which adapt Mac printers to Windows or other environments.

For instance, a company called "Orange Micro" made a series of devices with the "Grappler" model name. The two Grappler units I have are:

Grappler LQ 24-pin\Laser interface. used, untested; small box about the size of a calculator, with a Windows PC-type parallel/Centronix port connector at one end (to plug into Centronix connector of a printer) and cable at other end to DIN-8 (Apple printer port connector). Also a power connector to an external power supply (voltage not listed on box.) Grappler LQ 24-pin\Laser interface as above, $20 plus shipping.

Grappler LQ 24-pin\Laser interface in UNOPENED BOX, still shrink-wrapped: Same unit as the used unit above, includes instructions and A/C power supply. The container mentions many more printers, including I.Itoh C-815. $25 plus shipping.


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