Mechanics of a Klein-Adler 2 Typewriter

I have found some time to start digging into my new Klein-Adler 2. The mechanics look good. The carriage moves smoothly. The rollers work well. Some of the slugs stick. This is a front-action (the right term?) machine, which means that the slugs make contact with the platen through a forward motion rather than by swinging upwards. The typing motion has three joints to it.

It appears that two forms of momentum pull the slug back, one created by a spring and the other, I think, created by the silver plate underneath. The slug ascends the plate; so, upon releasing finger-pressure on the key, the slug slides back.

The question is what is preventing some of the slugs from moving smoothly. Does it simply need some more cleaning? Are the slugs partly bent?

I have to be careful. If the metal has to be massaged into the right position, I need to do it correctly. Otherwise I could make matters worse. Someone has worked on this before, as indicated from some scratched screws underneath the machine.

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  1. Michael Arau says:

    See Joe VanCleave’s recent YouTube video. He goes over a similar problem.

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      1. Michael Arau says:

        It would be his most recent.


  2. Michael Arau says:

    I wonder…

    I have an Adler typewriter and a Klein bicycle. If I tied the typer to the bike’s handlebars would they somehow merge to become a facsimile of your typewriter?


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    1. mcfeats says:


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  3. Bill M says:

    I forget the typewriter jargon for the front or thrust typing machines. I’ve never had one of these, but like the Remington Noiseless typewriters they are a mechanical work of art.

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  4. Richard P says:

    Usually called the thrust mechanism, or thrust action. Hope you can get it running 100%.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      It might be the joints underneath. I think it’s going to take a few applications of alcohol with swabs. The videos on YouTube show how quickly the machine should be typing. What surprises me is how good the rollers are. The platen rotates smoothly. I just need to be patient.


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