Hello Bram, It depends on how many pages you print in a year. Your printer has the drum separate from the toner cartridge, and many other models of printers have the drum inside the toner cartridge. So when you replace the toner cartridge, you're also replacing the drum.. The toner cartridge for your printer lists for approximately $35 and can print about 4000 pages before needing replacement. The drum lists for approximately $170 as is rated for approximately 20K pages before needing replacement. So if you print 20K pages a year, your total cost per year would be in the neighborhood of $345. HP printers include the drum in the toner cartridge, as far as I know. Typically, HP toner cartridges run about $80 each, and are rated for approximately 3500 pages. Using these numbers, to print 20K pages/year you'd spend about $480/year using an HP printer. You need to do your own comparisons, and include the factors of downtime and hassle of drum replacement, but you may be better off sticking to your OKI printer money-wise. You need to consider the cost of replacement cartridges for the specific new printer(s) you're considering, and also keep in mind that there are generic cartridges available for many models that cost considerably less. Good luck, HTH. Ron Thursday, May 8, 2003, 1:52:01 AM, you wrote: B> I have a OKI 14EX Laser printer about 2 years old. I have to change B> the drum about once a year and this is very expensive. This is in B> addition to changing the toner. I'm told that on other makes ( i.e. B> HP ) it isn't necessary to change the drum and so running costs are B> very much reduced. I'm thinking that rather than replace the drum B> again I would trade it in for anew model. Also prices are lower now B> than when I bought the OKI. Has anyone any suggestions on what's B> best to do? For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.