Brother AX-325 Instruction Guide

This 1994 charcoal-grey USA-made Brother AX-325 portable electronic typewriter shares the same scalloped design as my UK-made Brother AX-440; the same slightly asthmatic print carrier, the same slightly arthritic wheel, the same stated top speed of 12 cps..

In this case, of course, there’s no LCD screen, no eco-friendly sticker.

The charcoal-grey body, in stark contrast to the white keys, is an improvement on uniform grey-beige.

Another improvement, and a difference, is the hand grip on the underside of the machine (although the user guide still calls it a “handle”).

Compare this to the fold-out “handle” on the UK-made AX-440:

I say “improvement” because the hand grip definitely feels more secure than the handle does.

It’s also more in-keeping with the overall “minimalist” design, which is exemplified by the door-less cord compartment on the rear:

The profile of these typewriters has what I like to call a “float” (think of the floats on a sea plane). The left-hand platen knob is built into the “float”:

Whoever designed it also decided (quite rightly) there was no need for a paper bail when the ribbon cover could easily do the same job.

No point wasting plastic needlessly, which is why the keyboard cover also doubles as a paper rest.

Also “minimalist”, the user guide has no front or rear cover, simply comprising one double-sided sheet of paper which folds into 16 pages.

A bit awkward to read, however the upside is, its easy to scan in two-page pairs.

Electronic Typewriter Instruction Guides

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9 thoughts on “Brother AX-325 Instruction Guide

  1. Hi Alex, sorry I don’t know what to suggest since I don’t have that model (or even a similar one at present). You say it worked after typing a page? I wonder if its anything related to the correction cassette? Have you tried inserting the ribbon without the lift off correction cassette?


  2. Hi Steve, leaving you a comment here because I don’t know if WP allows for some kind of PM.

    I was directed to you from Reddit to see if you could help me out with a problem I’m having. I have a Smith Corona DLE 250 that I have just bought a new ribbon cartridge + lift off cassette. The problem is with the cartridge. The machine does not advance the ribbon within the cartridge enough for there to be enough “inked” space for a full letter print. Instead, the ribbon moves marginally so that letters are printed with the already “cleared” section of ribbon, leaving a block of “cleared” space along the ribbon, rather than individual letters as they are stamped out. This was not the case with the machine about a year ago when I first got it. It had a cartridge already in it that was working fine, and had been working for around a year or so. However, when I took the machine out a week or so ago, the problem began. I bought a new cartridge because I believed the old one was out of ribbon, but the problem persists on the cartridge. I did notice that the ribbon does not advance in the new cartridge if I try to turn it by hand. If I draw some ribbon out lightly, I can advance it with the wheel on the backside manually until the ribbon is taught, but winding the gear will not advance the ribbon beyond that– however, I don’t know if the cartridge is even supposed to allow manual winding beyond that point. I am new to typewriters, so I am not sure if manually moving the gear would have caused the cartridge to stop working, but I hadn’t done so until after the problem began happening with the new cartridge after about typing a page or so, and I hadn’t even touched the old cartridge which worked fine until it didn’t. I’ll also add that I’ve observed the mechanism in the machine that should wind the cartridge and advance the ribbon, and it moves clockwise with every key stroke, about 1/12th of a circle. So I am not sure if the mechanism is simply not moving the ribbon enough or if there is something wrong with my cartridge (or if I was uncareful in handling it). I’d appreciate any advice you can offer!


  3. Hi

    I was wondering if you still have the Olivetti ET2450. If so would you be interested in selling it?

    Sean Nicholas


  4. I’m amazed that it’s actually made in the US?!
    And it’s nice to see a two tone body!
    How does it type, though?


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