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Old Camm1 Plotter problems

Discussion in 'Roland' started by 5acrefarmer, May 4, 2008.

  1. 5acrefarmer

    5acrefarmer Member

    Apr 29, 2008

    I am still using my Camm1 which I bought new in 1989 (!) I've rarely been self-employeed so it's had an easy life, even looks close to new. Now that I am semi-retired and poor at the moment I am hesitant to buy a new plotter, maybe later in the year.

    Wondering if anyone remembers having either of the two minor problems I am having with mine. I'd rather get some advice here before tampering with it and there's nowhere to get it looked at where I live.

    > On rare occassions it just stops and a thump on the top of it gets it going again, luckily it continues cutting from the same point.

    > Often it does not 'engage' when the lever is pushed down. Sometimes the head holding the blade does not move at all and sometimes it just moves out and back in a little. I have to raise and lower the lever until it engages.

    I would think the solutions may be very simple but would rather ask here first.

    Thanks, Ian
  2. WR_Orion

    WR_Orion New Member

    May 3, 2007
    I've got one too that I still use, what a workhorse!

    Anyway, your second problem sounds like something that happened to mine also. All I did was replace the switch that the lever contacts and it's been working fine for probably 8 or 9 years since then. See if "wiggling" the lever engages it. If so, it's either the switch or a contact to the switch. Got my switch at Radio Shack, you might want to check for a better one though at someplace like Digi-Key (digikey.com)

    Good luck
  3. THATgirl

    THATgirl Very Active Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    I have had my Roland PNC 1000 since 1989 also. A couple times the handle got loose, which caused the same situation you are having, so I had a friend take off the top cover and tighten a couple screws. They are great machines!
  4. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    "" This is how we fix problem in the Russian space station! ""

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  5. 5acrefarmer

    5acrefarmer Member

    Apr 29, 2008

    Thanks one and all. That is what I suspected but just not sure. I'll look into it. Maybe swearing at it in Russian would be effective! (But how could I swear at such an ol' friend?)
  6. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    call it SHUN-KA.....OR SEE-GUN OR DU-PA....)))))

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