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Chuckd

Vintage Toaster repair

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I have a 1934 Toastmaster 1B5 (2 slice) art deco toaster that was fully restored several years ago but now the right heating element isn't working anymore.  I want to repair the toaster myself so that it can be a functioning centerpiece in my kitchen again.  Does anyone have any suggestions where I could get parts (specifically a heating element) for it?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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I have a 1934 Toastmaster 1B5 (2 slice) art deco toaster that was fully restored several years ago but now the right heating element isn't working anymore.  I want to repair the toaster myself so that it can be a functioning centerpiece in my kitchen again.  Does anyone have any suggestions where I could get parts (specifically a heating element) for it?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Try contacting this seller on ebay - this item did not sell but ended two days ago.   I think I have a couple of beat up Toastmasters, will check to see if they have intact elements - I believe they work, just are cosmetically unattractive - dented, etc.

 

Have you checked here for info?


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How do you know it is the heating element? There can be other reasons why the element is not functioning.

 

Do you have a volt/ohm meter? With the meter, you can check continuity and see if the problem is the heating element or if there is a disconnect someplace else.

 

I am not sure you can replace the heating element with one from another model. What you can do is the following, if indeed the heating element burnt out:

 

Measure the ohms of the working heating element, and buy some nichrome wire (ebay?). Measure out a length of nichrome wire of the same ohms with your meter, just rewind the heating element on the mica (can be asbestos) board.

 

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Chuckd, I do have a Toastmaster 1B5 that is intact and it was working when I stored it.  Cosmetically it suffered a dent - a victim of the '94 earthquake - so not attractive to collectors.

If you go to my blog on the "toasters" page and scroll down a bit more than half way - at the end of the "Toastmasters" pics, there is a photo of the toaster, to make sure it is like yours. "Another Toastmaster 1 B 5" 

 

I'll get it out and make sure it works and if it does, will send it to you for the cost of the shipping, if you want it. 

 

Or I can see if I can easily take it apart and just send the heating elements. 


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"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

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