apple style writer II

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by aPple nErd, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    just got an apple style writer II at a yard sale for $5. hows well did i do?
  2. MacTech68, Jun 2, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012

    MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Probably one of the nicest printers I've ever known (in terms of reliability and serviceability).

    A good cleaning of the rubber pickup rollers, some new front delivery 'o' rings and they're good as new.

    Of course, they are really a Canon BJ-100, with an Apple logic board and some exterior case changes.

    $5 ? Some might say that was $5 too much, but think it was worthwhile.

    EDIT: Just for the sake of historical significance, the original US sales brochure attached:

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  3. 95yjman macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I think 5 bucks was worth it! Anybody think Apple will ever make printers again?
  4. Ricky Smith macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Ah the good ol days when men were men and computers were computers none of this sissy technology we have today.

    -grunt grunt-

    Although the 70s and 80s lead the way the 90s were truly remarkable with what technology brought
  5. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    If only this was a USB printer, and it worked with OS X. :p
  6. mrgpc macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2013
    Stylewriter II death

    I own a stylewriter II which was left in storage for about 3 years. Before it was stored, it used to work fine, but now, when I press the power button, nothing happens. What can be the problem with it?

  7. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Dust shorting out, blown capacitor, degraded power supply....? Any number of things in a >20 year old device. Considering the Stylewriter II manual ultimate solution for most problems was "replace printer" unless you are an electronics whiz who wants to tinker yourself, I'd say you have a paperweight.
  8. KeithJamison macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    StyleWriter II reborn

    I picked up a SW2 recently and I swapped out the capacitors. One capacitor was leaking but I replaced all of the PSU electrolytics as they are over 20 years old. You only need 6 capacitors. Any Tandy, Radio Shack of Maplin Store will have them. I bought mine from - C4: 33uF 400V - C10: 47uF 16V - C11: 680uF 16V - C12: 47uF 16V - C14: 1000uF 35V & C17: 100uF 35V.

    I took the opportunity to dismantle the printer and I gave the main plastic pieces a good wash in the dishwasher. There's still some yellowing of the case but I'll deal with that another time. I also cleaned the soakaway under the platen. This is where the excess ink goes when the head is cleaned. I say cleaned, It's paper and falls apart if you try to brush it. I set it in an old basin, ran cold water across it and through it until the heavy black liquid ran almost clear. Then I pressed it carefully between kitchen towels and left it to dry on a radiator.

    It's not a difficult job but you need patience and a good working area. Take plenty of pictures as you progress through the repair.

    In the meantime, I have a fully functioning, clean printer for my older Macs. I worked with SWs for many years. My favourites were the SW2, SW1500 and SW2400 with the colour kit.

    When Apple went with rebadged HPs, I think it was signalling the end. I don't mind that they no longer make printers. Too many other companies are making them cheaper. Besides, what with all the inter-device transferring, I don't need a printer. I just send files from one Apple device to another by wireless or BT. If I need a hard copy, it'll be work related and I use the printer there.

    Apple set the mainstream standard which many companies followed. No FDDs, USB sockets, no optical drives, proprietary solid state storage - no conventional storage form factor for MacBooks or MBPs.

    I hope you all had luck getting your printers working again. Apart from ink cartridges, there's very little else they need.
  9. havokalien macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2006
    Kelso, Wa
    I like them

    I like the II. They stuck with it basically for years with the 2400 and on.

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