Model 216 Questions

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3 months 1 week ago #3762 by jrcrusey
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I recently purchased an older restored NCR Model 216 and have some questions about it.

1) To ring up $1.25 do I press down on the $1.00 key and the .25 key. I'm concerned press down two keys at the same time will jam the keys. I need some general overview on how to operate the register.

2) I'm considering purchasing a reset wrench however is there any concern with using it? I'm sure it has not been reset in decades.

3) How do I remove the cash drawer for cleaning? I can fell any kind of latch on the drawers.

4) There is a thumb wheel next to the counter how does that work?

5) I have had to clean and polish some tarnish screws. Is there a simple way to lacquer these ? I have been considering using clear nail polish.

7) My register's top sign (Amount Purchased) is polished brass. Should the Amount Purchased be painted black?

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3 months 6 days ago #3765 by NAV
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Congratulations on purchasing your NCR Model 216 Brass Cash Register, and thanks for utilizing this web site. Hopefully, you will be able to attend our Cash Register Collector Club Swap Meet and Club Meeting on November 9th. This would provide you an excellent opportunity to answer all your questions and learn more about Brass Cash Registers. The large number of questions you posted indicates that you are not familiar with antique cash registers, so I suggest the best possible way of learning about your register is to purchase one of the Video's our member Dick Witcher has made that would pertain to your machine. Mr. Witcher can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Dick Witcher Video's are an excellent educational source for new collector's to become knowledgeable about their brass cash register.

One of the reason's I encourage buyers to purchase machines from members of the CRCC is so they can be given a thorough knowledge of the operation of the register they are buying. You can also go to the library or book store and get a copy of Volume II of the Incorruptible Cashier by Sam Robins and Rick Crandle which would be a great learning tool and reference book.

Good luck, and hope you join the CRCC as an active member.

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3 months 6 days ago #3766 by jrcrusey
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Thanks for the feedback, however I have already joined CRCC and purchased my Model 216 from a current member. I'm somewhat disappointed that after purchasing the register and buying $40 to join this group that instead of feedback to fairly straight forward questions I'm told to buy a DVD. I have already read the Incorruptible Cashier Volume 1 and will be receiving Volume 2 this week along with other various books about NCR. I started doing this prior to joining CRCC and did not have to pay $40 for this advise.

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3 months 6 days ago - 3 months 5 days ago #3767 by NAV
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I stand corrected. Thanks for joining the club. Hopefully, we will see you at the swap meet and club meeting, and if you bring the register with you, myself and other members would be glad to educate you on the basics of your cash register along with answering all your questions. Or if you drive to Cleveland I would take some time to review the machine with you. In my opinion, a hands on experience would be more beneficial than a series of posts, especially if one is not familiar with the basics of antique cash registers, and isn't versed in the NCR terminology.

Each issue of Our BROZE IDOL NEWSLETTER has a section called TECH TALK written by Dick Witcher in which he addresses all technical questions people send him thru his website - BRASSCASHREGISTER.NET or emailed to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mr. Witcher provides a direct response to the individual requesting information and then publishes both the question and answers in the newsletters, using only first names.

I am curious, did you purchase this register from the recent Show Time Auction?

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3 months 5 days ago #3768 by thcashregister@msn.com
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Where are you located? Many of us that try to help are located all over the country. I am in western Indiana.

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3 months 5 days ago #3769 by ART HAM
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Rick, Take a look in the "Member's Area" and click on "Member Directory". You will find "jrcrusey" listed as a member from Dayton, Ohio. He is listed between Jack Dietrich and Jack Lacy.

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3 months 5 days ago #3771 by thcashregister@msn.com
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Thanks Art. After I posted that I remember I could do that. My next project on the bench is a 216. I figured I could sit in front of it and answer any questions he might I have.
I just got back my 75 scroll machine from Bob. He bronze oxides it like it came from the factory. I do have the original top sign for it. I am putting it together right now. I am writing an article about it for the idol.

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3 months 5 days ago #3774 by dep
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Push the $1 and the .25ยข at the same time..
The reset wrench should work perfectly for resetting the detail wheels back to zero
In the rear of the drawer is a pin which you lift with your finger and slide the drawer out..
The thumb wheel will reset the customer counter back to zero
clear coat with a spray lacquer in a can from Home depot
The inset words Amount Purchased should be painted carefully in black..
Bob Depenbrok
Vintage cash register and scale co.
818 8968539
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3 months 4 days ago #3776 by jrcrusey
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Bob,

Thanks for answering my questions. You have been very helpful. We love our Model 216 and want to take care of it properly.

Jack

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