I have an Epson LX80 dot matrix printer which has been unused for 10 years and which I'd like to use again. Before I plug it in to see if it still works, I'd like to be sure it's not siezed up and will blow a fuse, circuit board, or motor.
I propose to do a full visual check, and try and move things by hand. I was thinking that WD40 spray might be the right way to make sure things are free before I switch on.
I am still using the first printer I ever bought (A Taxan 1080 9 pin Dot Matrix) as it provides the cheapest way of printing receipts off.
Occasionally it stalls, caused by the printhead not moving freely, and I find a wipe down of the bars on which the printhead slides then a little ThreeinOne oil applied, and the printhead manually pushed up and down a few times soon brings it back into action. Dried out lubricants are probably the most likely source of problems and a similar procedure may get you going.
Thanks for the input, guys. I haven't tried it yet -- it's a project for sometime next week.
But what I'll do is (a) put a smaller fuse in if it's got the standard 13A one, (b) check things are moving freely, (c) clean with alcohol and re-oil with light oil (3 in 1) as recommended by the manual, if necessary. I'll then do the power on self test routine without connection to my PC. I've got a couple of new, unopened, ribbons which hopefully haven't dried out.
The reason I'm wary is that I burned out the motor in an 8mm projector that had been in storage for about the same time, and which initially seemed to work when I switched it on.