Question about IBM Wheelwriter 30 Typewriter
We have an IBM Selectric II Typewritter that will not correct. When you press the correction key it goes back but the typewritter ball and correction ribbon don't engage at all. They correction key is merely acting as a backspace key. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help!
Elements with white lettering on the top will work on the Selectric I and II. Elements with yellow lettering on the top will only work on the Selectric III and Electronic Models 50, 60, 65, 75, 85, and 95.
Elements with a solid triangle are 10 pitch only.
Elements with a open triangle are 12 pitch only.
Elements with a solid circle are proportional spacing and will only work on certain models of the early electronic machines 95, 85, 75 and 50 I believe.
Posted on Feb 01, 2015
Selectric I and II type elements are identical (88 char) where Selectric III uses a different element (96 char). The 88 character element will have white lettering and the 96 character element will have yellow. Directly underneath the lift-up tab to remove the element will be a 3-digit number. That's the last 3 digits of the element's part number, which will be preceeded by 1167 for 88 character, or 1352 or 96 character. For example, if you have a '052" stamped on the element, and it's an 88 character style, the P/N will be 1167052.
The correcting mechanism is an intricate additional function of the backspace function. To test it/adjust it/or repair it requires the machine be hand-cycled using a hand cycle wheel which is screwed into the right hand side operational shaft. It's unlikely that an un-trained party would be successful repairing this..
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
When you hit the correction key and it backs up, does it stay in the same spot but not correct or does it space when you type the character again? Your problem could either be a sticking mechanism that is preventing the parts to move freely, poor supplies or the machine may need some adjustments. I am an ex-IBMer and these machines are not easy for the untrained person. I could tell you if I saw the machine but to tell you specifically what to look for and where to look would be to time consuming.
Posted on Feb 04, 2015
I have witnessed many times that the supplies from certain vendors do not do as well as other vendors. Some of the cheap lift off tapes and ribbons are not doing you a favor. I have also discovered and shown customers in the past that recycled paper can cause this trouble. Fine adjustments may also be needed.
Posted on Oct 24, 2013
I know my 88 charter type ball(s) a.k.a. type elements will work on my IBM selectric I. Will the same 88 charter type ball work on the IBM correcting Selectric II?
Posted on Jul 05, 2008
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