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This is a Good buy at $2400 shipped!

EVEN BETTER at $2125


Includes Fedex shipping

$2125 total
includes Fedex Ground International Shipping

This is a GREAT Deal with the new parts and restoration service, DONT MISS OUT!!

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3M Transparency Maker / Thermo-fax The Secretary Copier THERMOFAX / Thermal Copier   The 3M 45 is one of the heavy duty models.

This machine has a metal cover and metal base. Also metal gears and metal bushings. Newer machines have plastic cover, plastic base, plastic gears and plastic bushings. 

SEE ACTUAL PHOTOS of this machine below(not a stock photo)

Great Condition and very EASY TO USE!
This is the Industry Standard, not the imported electronic junk I see people buy.  Then come buy a real machine from me!
Check out my other listings or visit me at bulldogsandbirds.com/thermofax.htm I have other 3M Transparency Makers and Thermofax Machine FOR SALE !!
Cleaned, Serviced and Tested $350 value.

15 amp thermofax machine conversion to accept 12 amp lamp a $160 value.

NEW 12 amp 1350 watt Lamp just installed a $100 value

NEW Copy belt just installed $60 value.

Note:  ACTUAL Stencil made with this machine below in photos!  TESTED using Full sheet of DETAILED/FADING flash!
NOTE: Console was damaged on the left side, I repaired it with plastic epoxy rom the inside. It is still cracked but the repair is fairly strong. See last photo.

I cleaned the cover and the front console. I cleaned the rollers and the print roller, the cord and wiped the unit down.  I used compressed air to blow dust away from the inside of the machine.  dont miss out.  Seems like a lot of sellers say "this is new", "that is new", "cleaned".  I show detailed photos.  "The carrier belt was BRAND new less than 1 year ago" is one of my favorites.  "Cleaned" and clearly dirt and dust are visible is another good one.  Don't be fooled by unscrupulous sellers buy from me I have a proven track record.  I have serviced hundreds of thermofax machines--Not 5 or 10 units. 

Serviced, Tested and Cleaned see photos, lamp or bulb is NEW. This Thermo- Fax has a Almond color cover or case overall the machine looks good and works as it should. NOTE:machine shows scratches and scuffs, some paint marks cream and yellow(see photos)Light surface rust on the inside metal cover back vents, see photo I cleaned and treated the metal. The clear carrier copy belt is NEW. SPARE New copy belts are available for $61.  Speed control is working, ran the machine at different speeds, test stencil made with the dial at 3:00 O'clock position.

I have also included photos of the inside of the unit to show how CLEAN it is. Looks Good for a vintage machine.

SEE ACTUAL PHOTOS BELOW!        A Very Nice Machine--Priced to Sell--Buy It Now!! 

Please be aware Some models will Not work with regular thermal paper.  I buy machines TOO, have one for sale email me.  This machine is in good condition makes sharp stencils, WHY BUY UNTESTED, 9 out of 10 machines need serviced.  I know because, I buy machines TOO.  Just because the lamp/bulb lights does not mean it will make a stencil.  If you have a 15 amp machine and cannot find a 15 amp lamp, I can convert your 15 amp machine to accept 12 amp lamp.

I stock replacment bulbs and belts for this machine 



 3M Transparency Maker Thermo-Fax Copier
New parts and service $650+ value 
Test Stencil & flash included
Will test the machine again the day of packing
I will include 2 sheets of thermal paper for testing when you get it.
NOTE: after purchase Owners manual for the 3M 4550 can be sent with email just ask.
In below photo latches are up, red lever is up, print roller and belt can be seen--New copy belt is loose.
In below photo latches are down, red lever is down. This is the proper position--belt is centered and tight.
Movie testing machine below.
Works like it should, (if the machine is hot) it will continue to run after light goes out to cool down the machine.  
ACTUAL Stencil made in video below. 
Dial was pointing at 3:00 position Note thermal paper and flash ONLY going through machine, you may need to adjust the dial for best stencil lines.
link to Video below.
Click Here to Play the Movie/Video file

NOTE 2 stencils made in the video below.

OR You may have to copy and paste the below link into your browser.



  • Flash must be laser printed or photo copied, NOT Ink jet or bubble jet.
  • Always run machine at fastest setting possible(at least until you are familiar with your machine) to avoid burning clear carrier belt.
  • Don't adjust speed when making stencil. 
  • It is important to feed the stencil paper straight into the machine to avoid jamming the machine with the paper.
  • When the light comes, you need to pause slightly to allow to light to get hot.  (slight pause 0.5-1 second)
  • When you insert the stencil paper (the machine comes on) make sure the light is on before continuing to insert stencil paper.
  • If the machine ever continues to run...and the light is on...to avoid melting the clear carrier belt--Quickly--unplug the machine open the cover and grasp back roller and turn the belt manually (it turns easiest turning the belt away from you).  Practice turning the roller now so you know how.
  • If you ever insert the thermal paper and the machine comes on, including the light but it does not take the paper...to avoid melting the clear carrier belt--Quickly--unplug the machine open the cover and grasp back roller and turn the belt manually (it turns easiest turning the belt away from you).  Practice turning the roller now so you know how. 
  • This machine uses Thermal paper, you must purchase yourself, no thermal paper included!

    These sell for over $2000.00 DOLLARS from tattoo distributors.

    Bid Now and Save $$$.

    Additional info (IMPORTANT)

    • Highest bidder pays 95.00 Shipping, Handling & Insurance.
    • Machine will be Shipped FedEx Home Ground, include your phone number with payment, if a Business please say so.
    • Payment Must be Made with PAYPAL. 
    • I ship Fast!
    • Insurance Is Included,
      Important --> If the machine or any part of the unit is damaged it is up to the Buyer to file a Insurance claim (keep box and all packing material) I will help where needed.
    • You can Not file a claim on a broken lamp, it is a breakable/replaceable item
    • Will only ship to continental US states. US Bidders ONLY.
    • All sales Final, Sold as is.
    • The above line means--No warranty--No Returns
    • By purchasing buyer agrees to these terms before and after all other terms and conditions.
    • Thanks for looking! good luck and happy bidding. Email if You have any Question's!
    • Sellers! Please do not copy any part of my auction.
    • If you have a problem please contact me before leaving feedback.
    • Our Web Site Hosts the Photos at www.bulldogsandbirds.com if a stray pet hair or few offends you please don't bid.
    • This is A VINTAGE ITEM and due to its age THIS ITEM IS BEING SOLD "AS IS" WITH NO RETURNS!  

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