If you own an IBM Wheelwriter or are thinking of purchasing one, here are some handy tips on keeping your typewriter in tip top shape.
Change the batteries once per year. Most IBM Wheelwriters have a battery pack (that is viewable by raising the lid and looking down inside the typewriter). Since they're out of sight, it's easy to forget that those batteries need to be changed regularly. Batteries that stay in the machine too long can leak and cause significant damage to the typewriter.
Keep foreign objects out of the typewriter. Stray paper clips, staples, binder clips, thumb tacks, and other metal objects can cause shorts in the circuit boards. Try to inspect the machine at least weekly to remove any foreign objects that may have found their way inside the machine. If possible, cover the machine when it's not in use.
Get the machine serviced by a typewriter technician. The IBM Wheelwriters are tough machines but they do need regular maintenance to keep them in good working condition. For most offices, I'd recommend having their machine serviced once each year. A technician will remove the case from the typewriter, remove dust and debris from inside the machine (power supply, circuit boards), flush and re-lubricate motors, clean and lubricate carrier rails, etc.)
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