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FOR SALE: GNT 3406 paper tape punch interest - UK Only

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    FOR SALE: GNT 3406 paper tape punch interest - UK Only

    Folks,

    I have an opportunity to buy a number of (five) GNT 3406 paper tape punch units from a contact at a private company - they look like new in the photo but have been in storage for a while. They have previously been used to program old CNC machines.
    Note that these are parallel port interface units and are pretty neat self loading 1" paper tape punches with a fancy smoked perspex from cover.

    Right now I have no idea if any of them work so am gauging interest from the UK community in acquiring one from me before I take the plunge and grab the whole lot before they get scrapped.

    Please register interest in this thread and/or PM me.

    UK only I'm afraid as shipping anywhere else would be too expensive (including the rest of Europe because of the Brexit mess)

    Thanks.

    Here is the only photo I have:

    SAM_0925-1.jpg


    Link to Computer history stock photos/

    #2
    Shame it's just a punch and not also a reader, those are groovy little machines.

    I might still take one if they're reasonably priced, just because they look cool

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      #3
      Are we sure it's not also a reader?

      [Edit: Apparently not.. see picture]


      CNT 3406 announcement.JPG
      Last edited by JonB; January 26, 2021, 07:19 AM.

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        #4
        Sadly it is NOT also a reader Jon.

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          #5
          Originally posted by zippysticks View Post
          Folks,

          I have an opportunity to buy a number of (five) GNT 3406 paper tape punch units from a contact at a private company - they look like new in the photo but have been in storage for a while. They have previously been used to program old CNC machines.
          Note that these are parallel port interface units and are pretty neat self loading 1" paper tape punches with a fancy smoked perspex from cover.

          Right now I have no idea if any of them work so am gauging interest from the UK community in acquiring one from me before I take the plunge and grab the whole lot before they get scrapped.

          Please register interest in this thread and/or PM me.

          UK only I'm afraid as shipping anywhere else would be too expensive (including the rest of Europe because of the Brexit mess)

          Thanks.

          Here is the only photo I have:

          [ATTACH=CONFIG]66059[/ATTACH]


          Link to Computer history stock photos/
          i would take on
          Dave
          G4UGM

          Looking for Analog Computers, Drum Plotters, and Graphics Terminals.

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            #6
            It's one heck of a lot easier to get a reader than a punch. I've built them from total scratch as well as by hacking old industrial equipment.
            What I have found is that GOOD Mylar tape is almost impossible to find and even cheap paper tape isn't as easy or cheap as it once was.


            What you have here were, as we say (or used to say, anyway...) in the US, "Cadillac's" - the best quality when they were new. I'd be on this if it was in the UK.

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              #7
              Right - I now have these in my hands - they took longer to ship from Germany than I expected.

              The units are smaller than I expected (19"*10"*8" - W/D/H) so quite easy to ship within mainland UK for 15.

              The units are 100 each plus the shipping cost - or you are welcome to collect in C-19 safe way.

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                #8
                More pictures and a short sprocket punch test video at this link

                https://photos.app.goo.gl/CsRVbwiCbNaK3yjY8

                I have two more available, if you want one - it will be 115 shipped anywhere on mainland GB.
                Next week they will go on Ebay at 150.

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                  #9
                  All punches have now been sold.

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