View Full Version : Printer Rod Material

04-02-2009, 09:51 PM
I had read a post about retrieving thr steel rods from inside junk printers and when my printer died I removed them. They are magnetic and have a nice shiney finish and machine beautifully!
Any ideas what alloy this might be?

04-03-2009, 08:19 AM
I have a stash from a 70's era Xerox office machine. Agree about the machining aspect.

As near as I can ascertain, after asking more knowledgeable folks than me, the metal could be SAE 416 stainless.


04-03-2009, 07:45 PM
And better yet, what to use them for? I too have a stash of them that just seemed to nice to throw out ;)

04-03-2009, 07:57 PM
I've been collecting the rods along with the linear bearings that come with them. Eventually I'll make a nice little jig for a sliding head of some sort. Possibly a nice pantograph type tracing engraver.


04-03-2009, 08:08 PM
I have used these as well.

I can tell you that they will rust! I was quite surprised to find this out.

Your Old Dog
04-03-2009, 08:31 PM
I think Evan said they are dead flat and make good sraight rods for testing your lathe bed and such. That's what I use the one I have for and it works well. Keep it with my measuring tools. It rolls perfect on my surface plate.

04-03-2009, 08:36 PM
From the way these rods machine, my guess is they're similar to 1144 stressproof. The price is right so I use them for lots of things.


04-03-2009, 09:34 PM
I've been collecting shalfts from printers and copiers for years... yes,., great stuff.. The USA printers have ground Imperial shafts and the imports (Japanese) metric. Nice to get a ground metric shafts measuring 12.00mm and imperial 0.06250 without paying for them!

My guess is most of what I have is a 400 series stainless...

04-04-2009, 10:41 AM
I also have kept a few of these rods as they seem to be nice quality and should be good for something...someday:rolleyes:

related: not trying to Hijack here, if anyone has a use for any of the printer carcass shown below I could put it in a mailing box and send it USPS to the lower 48 only. It is from a OkiData Okipage or something like that. The electronics were good when I stopped using it, the toner was just leaking.:(

PM me.


04-04-2009, 10:44 AM
They machine like leaded steel which is probably what they are. They need to be quickly and easily machinable to a very good finish in production. Leaded steel is exempt from ROHS as long as it doesn't contain more than 3% lead, which it doesn't.