Xerox 660

Created: February 8, 2015 3:58 pm by Admin
Modified: November 3, 2017 9:41 pm by Admin

In October 1966 started the production of the Xerox 660 desktop copier, which was a improved version of Xerox 813. To make a copy, you entered how many copies you wanted, and then fed the original into the machine. The original came out in a slot in front of the machine, and the copies came out of a slot right beneath where the original came out. Obviously one couldn't make copies from a book with this machine.

The paper path inside the copier was quite simple. When the paper left the paper tray, a “gripper bar” with two clips opened and grabbed the paper and transported it under the drum, and through the fuser. The fuser unit was not a heat roller, but a heater lamp, and the paper passed under this heating lamp, in order for the toner to melt into the paper.

SPECIFICATIONS

 Depth

 Width

 Height

 Floor space requirements

(centimeters) / (inches)

 66 / 26

 51 / 20

 46 / 18

 2 x 2 / 5 x 6

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Jim
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I was a service rep in the 70’s and 80’s, and we were very fond of these by-then-outdated old machines. They were of course not designed for high volume, they were, instead, a small office fixture. They made VERY high quality copies when well-maintained, however, and were just unbreakable. They just ka-chunk ka-chunked right along like an old steam engine. As the article above states, they had a heat lamp fuser, and occasionally the paper would get stuck and smoke, but, due to the air flow, seldom if ever, actually catch on fire. Kit really depended on the operator to… Read more »
Ray
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Jim – You are right — it did make excellent copies. For the longest time, I had one of these that I rescued from my dad’s office in the 1990’s. It still ran well, but, I could no longer find a supplier for the cotton Webs for it, (even though I had 2 cases of dry ink) so I gave it to a guy. I kinda wish I had hung on to it — from time to time, I see Webs for them pop up on eBay or other sites!! I once told a Xerox Rep who serviced our 1990’s… Read more »
Jim
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LOL about the free fire extinguisher. A bank in a medium-sized Texas town had a 660 in the early 80’s they just kept just because it still worked. They called for servce statng that “the paper keeps gettng stuck and catching on fire”. Another tech rep and I were riding together because it was lunch, and we took the call. We drove into town, down main street, and around the corner to the bank, and damn there were about 5 fire trucks, cops, fire hoses running across the street, people, running back and forth. We were like “No! It can”t… Read more »
Barry Deeks
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Hi to all from Cape Town South Africa. Retired now, I also started my Xerox career as a 660 tech. Just to add that the messy web cleaning system was later replaced by a rubber “doctor blade” system which cleaned the drum in much the same way as a car’s windscreen wiper cleans the windscreen. Regards.

Don
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All supplies and parts for discontinued Xerox copiers, duplicator etc. products are available from The Parts Drop. I owned a 3100LDC, then a 1020 (smallest Marathon Copier model) now I have a 5335.

Clark
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I worked on these in the 80’s. Xerox went through a fallow period, and actually reintroduced a variant of these. The awesome error: the machine had a lever to take the tension off the gripper bar chain so you could remove the (xerographic) drum. Everybody, at least once, started up the machine with the lever still in the service position. The gripper bar would shatter all three fuser lamps, then bend into a u shape. What a pain that was. You really tried not to do that twice.

Jim
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LOL Clark I forgot all about that, starting the machine with the grippers down. I never did but everyone else I knew did it at least once.

Graham
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I serviced the Rank Xerox 660 many years ago, along with the RX914/720 and the RX3600/7000 models. I have field service and key operator manuals for several Xerox models including the RX 660. I recall one amusing event when I was demonstrating to a young female operator how to remove a document jam from inside the machine. Upon finishing the demo I flipped up the side panel catching her pleated skirt causing brief embarrassment to us both followed by a good laugh. This only ever happened the once.

DougGilb
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I worked on all the old stuff in the 70s. 914, the original automatic copier 720 replaced the 914 1000 replaced the 720 813 original table top 660 replaced the 813 I also did duplicators like the 7000 The 4000 was the first electronically controlled machine. The 3100 was the first to use a magnetic brush for developement and the clam shell design now still used on copiers and printers. Poor Xerox had many good ideas but internal politics kept the company from ever being great other that the flash in the pan success in the 1960s. Some fun notes.… Read more »
Jim
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813 was a cool machine. Fun to work on.

Martin
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In Britain (don’t know if it happened in the States) but these were modified via an image capture system bolted to the top of it to become a Microfiche printer, each image had to be set up manually and a fiche card could hold anything up to 300 images a job could take days!..

Trevor
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Ah memories!!! The bliss of replacing the meter switch where you turned the whole machine on its side to remove the bottom panel – remebering to remove the cascade developer first of cours. I recall my product training course was learning how to reset the Time-Out Cam in a phone call to a “specialist ” 200 miles away I have just found one of these and having it shipped to the UK to restore in retirement. It will sit well with my 6085 / 4045 Documenter 5014 copier and 645E Memorywriter Of course if anyone has a copy of the… Read more »
Claus Elker
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What a trip down memory lane this Website is. I joined Rank Xerox Australia in January 1979. The 660, along with the 3100F machines, were my introduction to photocopiers. I have worked on a wide range over the years including the 6085/8000/8090 servers/workstation as well as the 850/860 word processors and decentralized laser printers. Currently in my 38th year, now with Fuji Xerox, I support the range of office MFDs. I remember having to reset the TOC as Trevor mentions above. Primitive by today’s standard yet good machines in their day. Any one remember the 3450 and its horrendously noisy… Read more »
Ramiro
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I start to work for Xerox in Brasil in 1996 as X660 Tec rep.
I service also 3100/3107 and my last Tec Rep Job was with X-9700 series, but a have good records of 660. It is a school for mechanics logic!

Fernando
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Hi! Can anyone tell me what is the function of the dial? It’s to select the amount of copies?
Thanks!

Fernando
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Great! And why the distance between 1 and 2 is longer than the others? Thanks!

Jan
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Jan
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I have many spare parts and supplies for the Xerox 660/813 copier.
http://www.typewriter-muzeum.pl

David Dawes
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Great site! I joined RX in June 1986 as an analyst in the new field of laser printing, and worked with nearly every digital product we’ve had. Initially 97/8700, 37/2700 & 4045/6, and as Claus mentions above, the 850/60, 6085/8000 workstation & server (and Raven printer, aka the 2700). Then MICR, 97/8790, 4050/90, and 4850/90 Highlight colour, with tri-level xerography! I remember a wonderful Engllish chap by the name of Roger Morgan, who after returning from the US, told us of the new 135PPM Manhattan IOT, and when we seemed unimpressed by the 12.5% improvement explained that that was the… Read more »