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08-8-2022 18:17:31  #1


Electro-Mechanical Calculators

Have this neat Facit Model 1208 (made in Sweden) electro-mechanical calculating machine on its way to our home.

Thought it could keep my Facit T2 company on the book case shelf.

$ 22 USD plus shipping.

Cannot wait to get it on my work bench a bit of a clean and service and maybe a new ribbon.
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08-8-2022 18:30:19  #2


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Although it has lost its dust cover with the passing of time, its original user manual is still taped to the bottom of the machine.

Seems like it takes a black/red ribbon.  Positive values print out in black and negative values print out in red.
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08-8-2022 21:38:57  #3


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Thats where the phase "to be in the black" comes from. 
I might be able to service a chronograph but these things scare me. I dont really touch them, apart from superficial cleaning. 


Learned watchmaker and office machine enthusiast from Germany.

 
 

09-8-2022 07:17:22  #4


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Hi Gerd,

That is my plan as well.  Take off the covers, give it a good clean (without any disassembly), maybe a drop of light oil here and there, and some new ribbon in place.

I figure this will be a display piece as I simply like my scientific calculator (which I bought in college back in 1980) too much and still use, daily.

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09-8-2022 09:24:16  #5


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That is a really nice looking machine! I had a 10-key machine once but never used them enough to be a touch typer. However I found it mesmerizing to watch when someone else was. Our tax person (only a few years younger than me) still has one on her desk.

 

09-8-2022 12:43:31  #6


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Hi George...how could I resist anything "Facit"... lol

I went after this Olympia 10-key on eBay simply to score its nice Olympia case.  Thought I could use it to haul and store my 1979 Nikon FM 35mm cameral and a few lenses.

Seller of the calculating machine indicated it does nothing when plugged in and turned on.  I did not let them know it has a power fuse-holder under the cowling.

If I can get the Olpympia to work...great.  If not I still get a great case for my auction-win of $ 1.98 USD plus about $ 14 S&H.
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09-8-2022 17:10:36  #7


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Lovely carry case.  I do believe that it uses the same plastic handle as the Traveller potable !

 

09-8-2022 17:17:28  #8


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Same style of case as my Report deluxe. The machine too.
In fact I thought about getting one of these to go with my Report years ago, just like I did later with my SG1. But there's just no space on my desk for it. With these 70s cases, I dont trust them further then I can throw em. 


Learned watchmaker and office machine enthusiast from Germany.

 
 

09-8-2022 17:35:16  #9


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I don't trust any travel case. Many years ago I was carrying a case that appeared to be in perfect condition, and was properly closed. Regardless, it unceremoniously ejected its typewriter onto a concrete sidewalk as I was walking. The typewriter was in fantastic condition too, and even though I repaired the extensive damage, it now has character marks to remind me of the lesson learned. I now carry typewriters in their travel case in a manner that doesn't rely on its handle or latches. 

Those calculators are hyper-cool accessories; I've been tempted more than once to match machines with their period-correct calculators, but so far I've managed to talk my way out of it; my rule is to not buy anything that I won't actually use, and as neat as vintage calculators are, I never have the need for one when I'm using a typewriter to write.

 

10-8-2022 07:15:10  #10


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I'm with you there, Uwe...2-handed carry on any case or typewriter and never with its handle. 

Same with vintage sewing machines.

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