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Sharp AL-800 Toner Cartridge - 3,000 Pages (AL800 Toner)

Price:  $59.89
Product Description
Sharp AL-800 Toner Cartridge - 3,000 Pages (AL800 Toner)

This toner cartridge prints 3000 pages with average 5% coverage (Nearly all Printer manufacturers base their ink/toner cartridge yields on 5% page coverage).

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 Sharp.

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
Sharp AL-800 - Replacing a Toner Cartridge

When a toner cartridge, or TD cartridge as Sharp refers to them, requires changing, the Sharp AL-800 copy machine will alert users by lighting the toner indicator light on the front panel of the unit. Once the light has been lit, the toner will slowly run completely out and copies will become lighter and lighter until no toner remains in the unit at all.

Removing the cartridge and swirling it around horizontally or shaking it may give it some additional life due to redistribution of the internal toner, but if this process does not work the cartridge must be replaced before copying can continue.

In order to replace the Sharp AL-800’s cartridge but power of the unit must be turned OFF. Both sided of the front cover must be pushed in order to open the cover, which will fall forward. At this point, the TD cartridge will be visible and the lock in the center of the unit must be released by pulling on it from underneath with one’s fingers. Once the cartridge has been dislodged, it can be pulled out of the machine by grabbing its handle and recycled.

New cartridges come with a protective tape wrapped around them. This tape must be removed and the protective cover over the toner must also be pulled off. It is wise to shake the cartridge around while the tape is still on in order to loosen up the internal toner. If this is done after the cover is taken off, toner may spill.

Always handle the toner cartridge by its handle and make sure the markings and arrow on the cartridge are facing UP before installing. Push the cartridge into the machine and it will slide along guides on either side of the copier until it locks firmly into place. At this point the front cover can be closed and the copy machine powered up for use.

Sharp AL-800 - Installing the Paper Tray and Loading Paper

To initially install the paper tray or reinstall it after removal, simply slide it into the machine’s paper tray slots with the paper guides facing FRONTWARDS. The paper release lever MUST be pulled from the back of the copier towards the front of the copier or paper will simply jam when using the paper tray.

When using legal sized paper, begin by fanning and folding the paper that is to be inputted so as to remove static and cling from the individual sheets. The side that is to be printed on should face the FRONT of the copy machine. Place the paper all the way to the right of the tray and then adjust the sliding paper guide to fit against the paper without restricting its movement. Be sure not to overfill this paper tray, as it was designed to hold no more than 250 sheets of 20 lb standard paper.

Special paper can also be used with the unit, but should only be fed into the machine one sheet at a time. When using labels and transparencies, make sure that the material is flat and straight when inserted. Envelopes should be positioned so that the flap is to the RIGHT.

Once all paper is properly positioned, push the paper release lever BACK. This will clamp the roller down onto the paper, allowing it to feed properly through the machine.

Sharp AL-800 Drum - 20,000 Pages

Price:  $68.89
Sharp AL-800 Developer Refill Bottle

Price:  $24.89

Sharp AL-800 Review


The Sharp AL-800 personal copy machine is designed for home users who require hardware capable of making black and white duplications in their own home. This 8 copy per minute dinosaur is certainly not fit for any type of fast paced office environment, but for the user who simply requires the occasional copy of a form or receipt, this very inexpensive unit could potentially suit them nicely.


Before completely tearing this unit apart for its enormous size and literally complete lack of features, it is important to note that the unit does, in fact, do what it was made to do, and that function is simply making copies. Its paper storage capacities are acceptable and it warms up quick enough; it is not a complete piece of garbage.

The Sharp AL-800 can copy at a maximum speed of 8 copies per minute. This speed is only accurate when dealing with copies made from a single source, as the Sharp AL-800 is not equipped with an automatic document feeder. Instead, multiple pages of copies must be hand fed one at a time. The glass itself is of decent size, measuring in at 8.5 inches x 14 inches. This means that Legal sized paper can be used with the machine along with A4 and Letter sizes.

Copy resolution, as expected, tops out at only 600 x 600 dots per inch. While this print quality is not ideal, it is acceptable. Reduction and enlargement is even possible, to some degree, with the Sharp AL-800. Input material can be enlarged at ratios of up to 200% and reduced down to 50% of their original size.

Probably the most impressive thing about the Sharp AL-800 is that it originally came with a 3 year warranty as opposed to the more commonly seen 1 year warranty. Of course these warranties are no longer valid as the device can no longer be found new and it has certainly been longer than 3 years since one could have been, but the device at least deserves a nod for commendable coverage originally. The unit’s paper capacity is also entirely acceptable at 250 sheets.


Along with the very obvious limitations of this highly dated product, the Sharp AL-800 is just plain way too big. With a depth of almost 30 inches (29.6”), the unit is incredibly large. Its width of 18.2 inches and height of 9.1 inches don’t help with the problem either, and accounting for the room required to flip up the lid must be taken into account as well. Users of this product had better be good and sure that space is not a commodity.

This weak chunk of hardware can produce (get this) a recommended duty of only 200 to 500 pages per month. A duty cycle this low would be straight up laughable if it weren’t so pathetic. Lastly, the copy machine’s button system is sparse and slightly clumsy. Adjusting the number of copies is done by way of two buttons; one that adjusts from 1 to 9 and another that adjusts from 10 to 50. This type of silliness has been replaced more recently with simple keypads.

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