Anyone heard of a Orbit Thermo Vacuum Former?

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Corbin_Das, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Corbin_Das

    Corbin_Das New Member

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    Hi all.
    I have a chance to pick up a really old, but functional Orbit Thermo Vacuum Forming machine. It was made in New Mexico in the 1960s I understand. It's something like 400 pounds. I can get it for next to nothing. Are they any good?


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  2. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Do you have any Photos??

    Many companies have made Vacuum formers over the years, it just depends on what condition it is in and IF it still works.
     
  3. Corbin_Das

    Corbin_Das New Member

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    Hi
    It's sitting in an old warehouse in a neighboring State. The guy would probably let me have it for next to nothing ($100 or so) if I just got it out of there. It's made by a company called Orbit out of New Mexico. I'm told it was made in the 1960's. I believe it was used to make plastic cafeteria trays. I understand that it can handle something like 20 by 23 inches.

    Here's a picture montage I threw together of it:

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  4. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It looks a bit rusty but it may still work, Did they tell you if it still works well?

    Do you know what kind of Electrical Connection it needs (Plug)?
     
  5. Corbin_Das

    Corbin_Das New Member

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    It still works I'm told although it hasn't been tested to see if it will vacuform plastic sheets. I think they"re selling it as is. It takes 220 Volts AC.


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  6. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If I were going to buy this I would go to their location, with some pre-cut sheets of plastic and test it out, if they are not willing to let you to do that then don't bother, something is obviously wrong with it.

    As-is condition might mean that it doesn't work at all, and you might have to buy all new parts just to make it work, and all that trouble wouldn't be worth it.
     

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