Salvage Stepper Motors and other useful parts from LaserJet Printer

(Last Updated On: July 30, 2019)

Salvage Stepper Motors

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Salvage Stepper Motors and other useful parts from LaserJet Printer– This article is about how to salvage useful electronic components and parts from a LaserJet printer that can be used in small DIY CNC machines projects, Plastic bag sealers and so on. Stepper motors salvaged from the printer can be used in so many projects. If you are a beginner it can really help you understand the stepper motor basics. The stepper motors that I salvaged are bipolar stepper motors. Without any further delay let’s get started!!!


Salvage Stepper Motors

First of all, I started off by unscrewing the screws.

Salvage Stepper Motors


Then I removed the base metal plate.

Salvage Stepper Motors

Removed the Plastic Casing and finally, I got access to the inside electronics components.

Salvage Stepper Motors

The following picture is of the main circuit board which consists of many electronic components, like resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformer, switches, plugs, etc. I can get many electronics components from this board which I can use some of my upcoming tutorials.


Salvage Stepper Motors

I salvaged the following things.

Salvage Stepper Motors

Salvage Stepper Motors

This is a 4 Wire Bipolar Stepper Motor, which I can use in so many projects. But I am planning to use this motor in a small CNC machine. In a minute I will connect this stepper motor with the Arduino and will practically see this stepper motor in action.

Salvage Stepper Motors

This is a 220v AC heating element which can be used in the plastic bag sealing project. This heating element can also be used in projects where we need to warm up something. This heating element can be used in thousands of projects. This heating element can be controlled automatically using a 12v relay. I will use this Heating element in some of my upcoming tutorials.


Salvage Stepper Motors

This is a 12v dc solenoid lock, which can be used in so many projects; I will practically check this in a minute. You can also watch a video given at the end.

Salvage Stepper Motors

The stepper motor connections with the Arduino are exactly the same as explained in my previous tutorial on BiPolar and UniPolar stepper motors position and speed control. So I highly recommend you should watch this tutorial, as I am using the same connections and the same program. Due to the gears used with the stepper motor, it’s really hard to stop this motor with bare hands.



For the stepper motor connections and programming watch the following video tutorial.

Now let’s check this 12v solenoid lock mechanism.

Salvage Stepper Motors

Connect one wire with the +12 volts and connect the other wire with the ground. It really doesn’t matter which wire you connect with the 12 volts and which wire you connect with the ground. in my upcoming tutorials, I will show you how you can control this solenoid lock using Arduino and 2n2222 NPN transistor. For the manual control simply connect the two wires of the solenoid lock with the 12v and ground wire of the DC supply.


Salvage Stepper Motors

This is another 12v bipolar stepper motor with a specially designed gearbox and can be used in so many projects. As it’s a bipolar stepper motor so the same programs and connections can be used.

Salvage Stepper Motors

Some rollers which can be used in different projects.

Salvage Stepper Motors

As you can see these rollers have steel rods.

Salvage Stepper Motors

These steel rods can be used in small CNC machines as the guided rods. I really needed these rods for a project based on the Automatic Drill Press machine. For more details watch video Tutorial given below.

Watch Salvage Stepper Motors Video Tutorial:

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About the Author: Engr Fahad

My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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