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Useing PC 102rf brothe ribbon film in a brother fax 575

I had an older brother fax machine that died, and I have 2 rolls of new replacement ribbon/film.
Can I use the older film in my newer machine? and if it is larger, just be removing enough film from the rolls, to insure it turns in the smaller cartridge?
What is your take on this.

(Never throw anything away, there might be a use for it)
New machine is a fax-575 Brother
Old machine was an intellefax 1250

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