1951 Tower Tabulator #T 200142
Created: 07-01-2014 at 08:56AM
Last Edit: 01-06-2019 at 08:59PM
Like most basket-shifted Underwood portables, this is a good-looking typewriter whose fit and finish are substandard.
When I got it, the p and a typeslugs were too low. Nothing to do about that, given my skills, except adjust the vertical printing point, using two difficult-to-access screws on the bottom of the machine. The tab rack was messed up -- the little metal pieces that hold the tab stops in place were displaced so they didn't work. Nothing to do about that except look for a replacement part. Finally, the machine was skipping. A counterclockwise turn of the screw indicated in the photo in the gallery fixed that problem.
Result: an acceptable, but only acceptable typer!
Hunter: Richard Polt (richardpolt)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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