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Maintenance & Repairs » Oliver 3. Removing left hand platen knob...... » 19-8-2020 06:24:32

Thanks for your reply and idea/suggestion. I will keep this in mind and if all else fails will give it a go.

Maintenance & Repairs » Oliver 3. Removing left hand platen knob...... » 12-8-2020 06:27:56

Wow, over 500 readers of my initial post and nobody knows how to remove the platen knobs on an Oliver 3. Is nobody going to rise to the challenge?

Maintenance & Repairs » Oliver 3. Removing left hand platen knob...... » 14-7-2020 04:45:59

So it appears that i'm not the only one having problems trying to work out how to remove the platen knobs. There are holes in the knob, but they are not screws and as they do not continue right the way through the knob i can't see that they are split pins that can be pulled out!!
There is probably a stupidly simple answer, but i can't see it right now.
Again, any help, ideas would be appreciated,

Maintenance & Repairs » Oliver 3. Removing left hand platen knob...... » 09-7-2020 08:36:08

Hello people,
I have been gradually bringing an Oliver 3 back to life from a very poor condition. Its looking a lot better now and even types ok (considering its original state!).
Now what i need to know is, how do i remove the left hand platen knob? The reason for doing this is that the internal spring has either completely flattened or broken to pieces, either way it is no longer working, so i need to get inside the contraption and replace it.
Any help would be appreciated as i do not want to attack this and cause more damage if possible.
Thanks very much,

Maintenance & Repairs » Adler Junior 3 Platen Removal » 29-6-2017 06:14:25

I'm not the owner of one of these typers, but well done for working it out.
Sometimes it just takes a bit of time, thought and effort (especially with older machines).


The World of Typewriters » New, historic typewriter blog » 27-6-2017 04:21:43

Hello Will,

A nice bit of work. Interesting about the grey Underwood 5's. I look forward to more posts on there.
Keep it up.

Type Talk » IMPORTANT - Forum Issues » 06-3-2017 09:45:03

I have experienced no problems here. Windows 10 / Explorer / Windows Defender.


Early Typewriters » Wooden spacebar? » 20-2-2017 04:44:12


I personally left my wooden spacebar'd typers as is so that I can imagine the number of people who may have used it and the history that it has lived through. Who knows what may have been typed and who by.
It always seems a shame to me to lose the possible history connected to an object that was probably so personal to someone.
Only my personal feelings, so do what feels right for you.


Maintenance & Repairs » Ribbons » 10-2-2017 03:57:17

Hi Joe,

As I don't know where you are located a bit difficult to recommend someone, however if you are in or near the UK I can recommend  Prices are good and the service is good.


Early Typewriters » Wide ribbon? » 22-11-2016 09:56:22

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Hello there,

Have a look at the bottom of this page for wider ribbons.
I brought one of the 1" ribbons to go on my Remington 7. It isn't quite wide enough, but if you make a spacer to fill in the gap it will work on the original spools (it can get very messy trying to get is sorted out, so wear plastic gloves !!).
Good Luck with it.


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