In many machines the carriage is mounted on top of and outside the machine. The Facit has a very compact similar mechanism mounted inside. That makes it a very compact machine. Also very unusual is that it is driven by a alternating current motor in stead of the more usual universal motor.
I bought the machine from the original user. He had an administrative role in a large soap factory.
Introduced in 1956 this machine is perhaps the longest lasting electromechanical machine of the 50th and 60th. It more or less survived the beginning of the electronic era. However, while still available in 1973 and 1974, its price wasn’t mentioned anymore. It is catalogued as: “Price on request”. By this time electronic machines with memory were about half the original price of the CA1-13. They must have been hard to sell.
Put the mode selector position “Mult” enter a number, push the “ADD” or “-” button.
(The “+” key is used for half-automatic multiplication)
Put the mode selector position “Mult”, enter the 1st number, push “X”, enter the 2nd number, push “=”
Put the mode selector position “Mult”, push “=”
Put the mode selector position “Div”, enter the 1st number, push the “<--.”, then “ADD”, enter the 2nd number, “<--.”, then push the “:” button.
Function of some keys, switches etc:
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Addition, Subtraction, Fully automatic Multiplication, Division and Square
1973 (with slight, mostly external modifications)
Ca. DM. 1795,- in 1969 (Source: Büromaschinen Lexikon)
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