Robert in Davis: Interesting you mentioned Arlie Russell Hochschild’s book Strangers In Their Own Land. I just learned that she’s the wife of Adam Hochschild, the noted historian and journalist. Also, your post today was a thoughtful one, but replying to critics is seldom useful.
To JVC and his 5TE Bluebird.
If the platen has been re-covered, or still reads 88 to 92 Shore-A, and the machine has been properly serviced, use it and enjoy it. The machine probably has more years of useful life left in it than you or I. All the best,
What tool do you use to measure the platen Shore hardness?
Brendan, Congrats on your typewriter repair!
Daniel, I’m not IXZED23, but I have a PTC Instruments 306L Shore A that I use to measure platen hardness. I also have a Chinese X.F, like Mary E has on her blog. Both calibrate the same when I test the PTC test strips. The Chinese one is inexpensive on Amazon, the PCT (or similar lab Durometer) will set you back a few hundred bucks. plus a few more for the test strips. Proper method is to use a 1000g mass to hold the durometer. Again, lab ones are a few hundred and more, the Chinese ones on Amazon about $50.
Thank you, Bill. Much appreciated.
When I saw the horrors that lurked within, I was happy that the fix-ems were fairly minor. Great respect for those who actually repair and maintain these amazing machines.