I would be happy repair or restore your cash register for you. I prefer
to service only the local area as shipping is difficult and expense and
it is really hard to determine what you need by just talking to you on
the phone or through e-mail. I have had many people ask me if I
would restore their "complete" machine only to find when it arrived
that it was cobbled together by someone else and could never be
restored to Grade 1 condition. I need to inspect your cash
register before making a decision. If we can meet in person, we
can figure out how much you are expecting in the area of repair or
I can restore most machines to Grade 1 condition, but some cash
registers are not Grade 1 material. If the cost is an issue, there are
a few things that can save money, such as painted key arms instead of
re-plating. You also may just want a repair and keep it as close to the
way you found it.
The Restoration Process
I take the cabinet apart and remove all of the trim. I can't do the
polishing anymore, so I take it to a great polisher in Pennsylvania. He
has been doing my polishing work for 8 years. He polishes all of the
trim and gets it nickel plated.
While the cash register's cabinet is being polished, I rebuild the
insides. This includes repainting and lettering the indicators. They
also get new springs. The key arms are removed, sanded, and re-plated.
The counter is removed and rebuilt. The printers are put back in as
good shape as possible (there are no ribbons, type wheels, or paper
available anymore). If there is a problem with the printer, I fix it so
that it doesn't stop the machine from working. All parts are washed and
many are glass beaded (to remove corrosion). The cash register is
then reassembled and adjusted. The drawer and wood base are also
stripped and refinished.
When the cabinet arrives back, the cash register is put together with
new polished screws. The final step it so lacquer the cabinet and
screws to a new car-like finish.
When restoration is complete, your restored cash register should hold
up for 20 years or more as a collectable. If you use it in a bar or
greasy dinner... well, a long time anyway.
Most restorations take 3 to 6 months while repairs may only take a few
weeks. A lot depends on how much work is ahead of you. I do my
work in such a manor that I can be (and am) proud of it.