2024-04-30 (Tu) BadgeMakerRepair I bought an ID printer

I bought a used badge printer from eBay. A couple of people highly recommended the unit because the hardware was reliable and the second-hand units were inexpensive. The caveat was that the printer ribbons were costly, but that seemed accurate of all the choices. The unit came with a black cartridge, so I immediately tried printing on a blank RFID card from my stock. It failed. The machine pinched the ribbon and caused a mess. I struggled with the issue for a few hours and finally discovered a broken drive belt that was responsible for drawing up the ribbon after printing. The other white belt that came with the printer felt brittle but was intact.
Broken belt received

I replaced the broken belt with a rubber band, which failed, and then a smaller rubber band to increase the tension, but it still would not print. I bought an O-ring kit from the hardware store and found a suitable replacement for the unbroken belt, but the best I could do for the draw-up belt was a thick rubber band that I cut to length and glued to make a custom size. The printer produced faint cards and encountered frequent errors.
A rubber band is an inferior stand-in

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