I know there have been 2 previous questions (From what used/junk equipment can I salvage solenoids from? and Taking apart old electronics) on this, but this one is a bit different.
Also, questions about salvaging parts are on topic.
I always have lots of old electronics to take apart and salvage expensive or hard-to find parts (motors, solenoids, vacuum fluorescent displays, etc.) from. However, I have not been impressed with the amount of these parts I find in certain devices.
For example, I recently took apart a laser printer. Here are the usable parts that I got from it:
- 3 solenoids
- 1 2-inch fan
- 1 large brushless motor (questionable)
- 7 beam interruption sensors
This seems to be much less than other people get from taking apart laser printers. This one contained 10 motors, 10 beam interruption sensors, 9 microswitches, 2 electric clutches, and more parts.
What are the best devices to take apart to find these parts (list below)? Where is the best place to obtain these devices?
- DC motors
- Stepper motors
- Brushless motors
- Vacuum fluorescent displays