Panasonic luggable

Fred Cisin cisin at
Mon Jul 2 15:40:10 CDT 2007

> > > > While looking for another part (actually a replacement door for a Tandon
> > > > 5.25" drive)
> > > are people still breaking the pins?
> > ...or losing them.  I replaced the last door pin on a Tandon TM-100-
> > 4M with a section of 14 ga. stainless bicycle spoke.  Worked fine.

On Mon, 2 Jul 2007, David Griffith wrote:
> How do you break the pins?  I most often see the plastic parts that grip
> the pins breaking more often.

That is correct.

In a lab full of college students, I noticed two behaviors associated with
broken door hinges of Tandon drives.  Instead of gripping the door between
thumb and forefinger and easing it open, some students hooked it with
forefinger, and snapped it open, letting it slam against the stop.  A few
others would poke the upper part of the door to make it slam open.

Instead of replacing the drives, we bought a large quantity of doors and
hinges.  When the college switched to mostly new machines, the college
administrators threw out our box of repair parts, rendering all subsequent
ones that broke "unrepairable".

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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