Re: [midatlanticretro] OT: Operation of an Adding machine (are old calculators off topic?)
- It prints and has a ribbon. The sticker on the side indicates it was last serviced in 1978. I would imagine WD40 would do more harm than good?
JoeOn Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM, B Degnan <billdeg@...> wrote:
Joe Giliberti wrote:
I was playing around with my Burroughs Adding machine today. Its from the 50's-60's. It is motor driven. I have been trying to figure out if it is broken, of if I am not using it correctly. The machine has 8 columns of 9 through 1, a clear button (marked E), +, -, x, *TOT, -| |- NA, and ST. It also has a small electric button on the side.One thing you need is a visor. Most pictures you see of people using these things were wearing visors. I don't think they work otherwise.
Can anyone teach me? :)
But seriously you probably want to clean it of dust and then lube/NYE oil the moving parts. I have a few here and there but I don't do much with them. Does it have a ribbon/printer or is it just a calculator?
Would an exhibit of old adding machines be acceptable as a VCF exhibit or too off topic?
> I would imagine WD40 would do more harm than good?Yes. It dries out and leaves a sticky residue so it may be better for a
short time but will then be worse.
I don't know what was normally done/used but suspect its like the teletype
where you want a needle tipped oiler with a light oil and put a drop on
each of the moving locations. Some parts may also want a light grease.
If you can find a service manual for any related model it will give you
the general idea on how it should be lubricated.
Can't help with how it is operated.