1.- Transparency Makers (Thermofax) for Tatto and Screen Printing artists are sold with a 1 Year Warranty
WE SELL DIFFERENT MODELS OF REFURBISHED TRANSPARENCY MAKERS WITH A NEW LAMP, A NEW BELT, A COPY OF THE USER MANUAL, A STENCIL CARRIER (TO USE SMALL PIECES OF SPIRIT MASTERS/STENCILS) AND 1 YEAR WARRANTY THAT THE INSTRUMENT IS WORKING PROPERLY.
15 Amp transparency makers are modified to use the lamps used by the 12 Amp machines before being shipped.
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BECAUSE WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR MACHINES, WE HAVE BEEN SELLING THESE MACHINES “WITH WARRANTY” FOR MANY YEARS. Although some cheaper thermofax/transparency maker machines were and are being produced in Sweden, Germany and China, the old 3M thermofax machines continue being sold strongly. Tattoo and Screen Printing artists know that when they buy a 3M thermofax, they have a machine per life. We do not only clean the machines, but we actually refurbish them so that they are in excellent working condition. We replace all worn parts and thoroughly clean the clutch, the gears, the motor and the rolls. We also test the electrical system. Before being shipped, we test that the transparency maker produces very good stencil copies. A new lamp, a new belt, the owner’s manual, and the 1-year warranty that the instrument will work properly are included in the sell. We have been selling transparency makers in and out of eBay for more than 12 years and, all of this time, have the same phone number for customers to call. Thus, we are not closing down soon after you buy the equipment.
This warranty only covers the original thermofax buyer. The warranty commences on the date the thermofax is received by the buyer. Original buyer information and date of purchase should be submitted before warranty repairs are rendered.
This warranty covers all defects in workmanship or materials for a period of 1 year. For repair under this warranty, buyer must ship the instrument to us. Buyer is responsible of paying the shipping of the instrument to us, and the return of the instrument to the buyer. We will repair or replace, at our discretion, any mechanical or electrical part that proves to be defective in normal usage during the warranty period. There will be no charge to the purchaser for parts and labor. Beyond the 1-year period, parts and labor will be charged for any repair.
This warranty does not cover the normal decay of the instrument produced by its intended usage; decorative trims and paint; damages from improper installation or use; damages during transportation and shipping; defects other than manufacturing and refurbishing; damage from misuse, abuse, accident, alteration, lack of proper care/maintenance or incorrect current or voltage; damages from other than the original intended use; and damage from service by other than ourselves. As they are consumables, the lamp and the belt are not covered by this warranty. This warranty does not cover incidental or consequential damages.
Last revision January 16th, 2012.
2.- Transparency Makers (Thermofax) Belts and Lamps (Bulbs).
We sell brand new lamps, READY TO USE. They are individually tested by conductivity just before shipping. If you are looking for a lamp for a 15 Amp thermofax, contact us before buying the lamp. Otherwise, you will receive a lamp that does not work in the 15 Amp machines. Belts are brand new, never used, made of high quality heat resistant material characteristics of the original 3M belts.
Lamps for 12 Amp machines $ 72
Lamps for 15 Amp machines (contact us)
9.5” Belt $ 67
12” Belt $ 97
These prices include shipping, handling and insurance in the USA. International buyers must request a shipping quote. Buyer may pick up the lamp or belt from our place without any shipping/handling charge.
3.- Transparency Makers (Thermofax) Service – Repair
IF YOU DEPEND ON YOUR TRANSPARENCY MAKER FOR YOUR WORK, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE MACHINE IS BROKEN. OUR SERVICE IS GUARANTEED.
For a basic fee of $ 67, we provide you information and guide you to solve the problems. It is not necessary to ship the machine. Most of the time, parts are either not necessary or of low cost.
We accept Money Orders, PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discovery.
Thermofax – Transparency Maker
Buying, using and taking care of your thermofax machine (These comments were originally published in TattoNow.com, 2009).
I have been selling thermofax machines in eBay since 2000. I rebuild them; thus, I have a good experience with these machines. I also sell parts and repair these machines.
1.- When buying a thermofax, do not be cheap. This machine is extremely important for your work, buy a good one and keep it in good shape. A service every 1-2 years is not much and will give you piece of mind that you have a working machine when you need it.
2.- Do not buy machines that have not been tested. You may get a good deal, but you may also get a headache. If you pay $300 for the machine and then need to pay $400 to fix it, why not to buy a good machine from the start.
3.- Do not buy 15 amp machines. There are no replacement bulb lamps for these machines. If you can find somebody who has a new lamp, expect to pay $ 250 or more.
4.- Use a carrier for the spirit masters. Use two pieces of acetate. This is the transparency film for copiers that you buy in any stationary store. Put two pieces together with a tape on top. With a carrier, you can use small pieces of spirit masters, what saves a lot of money. Most importantly, using a carrier keeps the machine clean. You can buy a box of 100 pieces of transparency film. With this you can make 50 carriers and replace them every 4 weeks.
5.- If a machine is producing only a black copy, it may be that the motor is running slow or the gears are not turning properly. The machine may need service. One way to work around the problem of black copies: use a carrier (as indicated in 4) and put a piece of paper between the lamp and carbon to reduce the heat intensity.
6.- If the machine does not stop, a possible cause is the switch you activate when inserting the stencil. Make sure that this switch is not touching the borders. It has to come back after the stencil has passed through.
7.- Keep the machine clean, center the belt every 1-2 months. Wash the belt from time to time with water and soap (kitchen detergent works very well). Clean the rollers. Start with water, follow with ethanol, and if this is not enough, try some cleaning solvent. As pointed out in 4, the use of a carrier greatly reduces the dirt inside the machine.
8.- Several different brands of cheap thermofax machines are being sold today. They cannot compare with the old 3M Thermofaxes. These are very good quality machines that can last forever. Buy only the 12 amp models.
9.- Take care that there are several 3M copiers that look similar, but they are not thermofaxes, they cannot transfer a template on spirit masters. The main difference between a copier and the thermofax is how much heat the lamp produces. Thermofaxes use a ~1400 watts infrared heat lamp. To transfer a template in a spirit master requires a lot of heat. On the contrary, copiers have incandescent lamps (less than 100 watts), which do not produce enough heat.