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10 Products for the Canon PC-981 Personal Copier
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Canon PC981 Toner Cartridge (4000 Pages) - Personal Copier PC-981
  OVER 100

Price:  $29.89
Product Description
Canon PC981 Toner Cartridge - 4000 Pages (PC-981 Toner)

This Toner Cartridge prints 4000 pages with an average 5% page coverage. The amount of pages can vary depending upon the amount of ink printed onto each page. (5% page coverage is a standard Canon specification)

This product comes with a 6 month Warranty against any defects (including free replacement). We stand behind our products 100%, as these are not manufactured by Canon.

Why toner? Why not call it ink? Regular ink dries quickly, which is why cartridges for inkjet printers do not last long. Laser Printers use toner, which is ink in the form of powder. A sealed toner cartridge can be stored for 2+ years prior to usage.

Product Manuals
When do I Replace a Toner Cartridge in the Canon PC-981?
The toner cartridge installed in your Canon PC-981is an important consumable component. The main image-formation components (developing unit, drum unit, charging roller, and cleaner) are built into the toner cartridge. Therefore, the overall print-quality results achieved by your Canon PC-981 are directly related to the technical condition of the installed toner cartridge. Please note that the cartridge cannot be disassembled. The most common indications for an exhausted toner cartridge are: light copies, uneven density, foggy copies, vertical black lines, white spots, white lines, toner leakage, blurred images, horizontal fogging, poor sharpness, blank copies, and solid black copies. You should replace the installed toner cartridge, if any of the listed print-quality issues appears. The complete replacement procedure is included below.
How to Install a Toner Cartridge in the Canon PC-981
Initially, you must open the top unit of your Canon PC-981 by pulling its lock release lever, which is located on the left. Then, you must remove the used toner cartridge by grasping its tab and pulling it out of the laser copier. Now, you must unpack the new toner cartridge, shake it 8-10 times from side to side, and then remove the sealing tape from the new consumable component. Once the new toner cartridge is prepared, you must insert it firmly into the copier, but please make sure that the warning label is facing upwards. In the concluding step of the replacement procedure, you must close the top unit by pushing on the marking found on the top, and then test your Canon PC-981.
Canon Copier PC981 2Pack of Toner Cartridge (4000 Pages each)
  OVER 100

Price:  $56.89
Canon Copier PC981 3Pack of Toner Cartridge (4000 Pages each)
  OVER 100

Price:  $85.89
Canon PC-981 Fixing Film Sleeve

Price:  $24.89
Canon PC-981 Left Lower Fuser Roller Bushing

Price:  $16.89
Canon PC-981 Photo Interrupter Sensor (OEM)

Price:  $6.89
Canon PC-981 Bypass Paper Pickup Roller (OEM)

Price:  $16.89
Canon PC-981 Paper Cassette Pickup Roller (OEM)

Price:  $5.89
Canon PC-981 Right Cover Assembly (OEM)

Price:  $10.89
Canon PC-981 Bushing (OEM) 6x8

Price:  $5.89

Canon PC-981 Review


With improved features and capabilities comparing it to earlier copier models, the Canon PC-981 is one perfect personal copier that home and small office users can rely on for professional performance and quality copy outputs. This outstanding monochrome copier also boasts better paper handling and a more versatile approach in handling customized copy tasks and paper types.


The Canon PC-981 has similar features and hardware components with the Canon PC-941 and Canon PC-940, like its output speed, which is at approximately 12 pages per minute on letter paper types and around 11 pages per minute for legal paper. The Canon PC-981 also has preset reduction and enlargement settings, with a 70% minimum with a ratio preset level at 81%, while enlargement ratios are at 115% with a maximum enlargement percentage of 141%. This upgraded personal copier also possesses the same impressive first copy results and the more impressive zero warm up time for faster and more efficient copying results. This is because Canon's RAPID Fusing System is still employed in this copier, which allows the Canon PC-981 to be ready for copying tasks without wasting any seconds and produce results in blazing fast fashion that few copiers from other brands can match. As a personal copier, the Canon PC-981 is a very likable machine especially to users that put a premium on speedy results.

The Canon PC-981 not only offers quick performance and speedy results, but also improved paper handling for a more personalized touch on producing copies. A front loading paper cassette is standard with its capacity to hold 500 sheets. A 50-sheet multipurpose tray is also included to allow production of special media types that cannot be put on its main standard tray, such as customized stationary, transparencies, labels, envelopes, and even business card material. Not only that, as the Canon PC-981 also includes an automatic document feeder with a 30-sheet capacity, which can then be used when producing copies from different input sources simultaneously. This automatic document feeder for the Canon PC-981 as this enables this copier to easily sort out multiple and high copy demands, which copiers without an automatic document feeder will not be able to do.

Another impressive feature of the Canon PC-981 is its capability to produce copies from various original types, which even includes three dimensional objects. Such a feature is rare for personal copiers and even multifunction systems. Three dimensional objects need to have a flat surface though for the Canon PC-981 to be able to carry out such a function.

As the Canon PC-981 hinges on analog technology for its copying function, exposure control can be critical, and in this regard the Canon PC-981 carries different modes for exposure level controls. This includes automatic and manual modes for better and more accurate control for more efficient copy results. The Canon PC-981 also includes a toner saver mode to allow reduction of toner level in order to scale down toner usage.

The Canon PC-981 also has dimensions close to its earlier counterparts, with 19.1 x 17.6 x 14.1 inches, quite compact enough for a home work space and definitely a perfect fit for a small office space. The design mirrors that of its earlier versions, which is quite sleek and simplistically compact.


While being promoted as an improved version in Canon's early personal copier series, it fails on some basic features. Its speed has remained at a modest rate, which is still a letdown considering that the Canon PC-981 has no wait time for warm up and less than 10 seconds for first copy results. The Single Cartridge System, while allowing a hassle-free maintenance of the copier, limits its capability to have color outputs that can be quite essentials for most users that prefer their copiers to have a color copy feature for image and graphic outputs.

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