Vintage aluminum label-embosser kicks your labelwriter's ass


41 Responses to “Vintage aluminum label-embosser kicks your labelwriter's ass”

  1. mongo says:

    How hard is it to get the blank aluminum label tape?

  2. blueelm says:

    This looks really beautiful.

  3. Andy III says:

    Oh great…there go the auctions I was watching, through the roof.

  4. A good friend of mine who builds metrofiets cargo bikes found one of these. Recently, he started using it to stamp the serial numbers – then weld it on the bike.  It works great.

  5. CountZero says:

    Cool machine! I love stuff like this, and I’ve never seen one of these before. I suspect they were really only used in industry, and possibly never really sold that widely in the UK.
    I’m now watching several auctions, but it’s the cost of postage from the US to the UK that’s frightening, it can double the original winning bid.
    Still hoping to win one, I’ve never owned a Dymo labeller.

    • The Dymo ‘Junior’ (I think it’s called that) is pretty good and inexpensive, you can probably pick one up in Smiths or Staples or what-have-you.

      No where near as awesome as this, but realistically it’s probably easier to use and maintain and you can read the labels easier.

  6. IronEdithKidd says:

    I read the name of this device as “Dimomite!!!”, and it made me kinda happy.

  7. CountZero says:

    Just had a quick Google, and Dymo still make machines like it:
    and they make 12mm adhesive and non-adhesive tape for it.

  8. kerry says:

    I’ve actually used lab equipment old enough to have these aluminum labels. Most labs switched to embossed plastic decades ago, and then to the newer electronic labelers within the last 15 years. That said, this would be awesome for labeling racks of boxes in our lab’s -80C freezer, where adhesive labels are useless. 

    • nixiebunny says:

      The power company in my town uses this device to label everyone’s electric meter with their address. It’s the only thing that will withstand the Arizona sun for many years.

  9. Rick Berry says:

    One of the “killer aps” of this kind of embosser is that you can emboss a label, and glue it to the pattern used to make green-sand castings. The sand takes the image, then the molten metal fills the cavity, forming a positive replica of the embossed label.
    Useful for all kinds of info like dates, serial numbers, part numbers, etc. and easy to use.
    I suspect this older model would work with the newer plastic embossed Dymo tape, and vice-versa.
    Sweet share, thanks.

  10. Paul Renault says:

    “..Embossed aluminum is pretty much the ultimate labeling material.”

    I’d say, rather, that embossed stainless steel is pretty much the ultimate labeling material. 

    And yes, the Dymo’s M-1011 embosser is a little pricey, but look, the label tape is free!  (Click on the ‘Labels and Accessories’ tab)

    Dymo’s Rhino line of labellers and their ‘industrial tapes’ are pretty cool as well .  I have a 5000.  You put the (polyester or nylon) cloth labels on cable, they don’t peel off.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I’d say, rather, that embossed stainless steel is pretty much the ultimate labeling material.

      Have you ever had to squeeze out a few hundred characters on a Dymo? Plastic’s hard enough. Steel would leave your hands bleeding after a word or two.

  11. nixiebunny says:

    Not to be too morbid or pedantic, but I think the armed forces use steel instead of aluminum for dog tags, since aluminum is likely to melt in a fire.

    • plus MEDIC says:

      From Wikipedia: “Dog tags are usually fabricated from a corrosion-resistant metal or alloy such as aluminum, monel or stainless-steel”.

      Steel would rust.

  12. Andy says:

    It looks like many of the ones on eBay only have the plastic lettering wheel. One that has a bunch of accessories in a box shows the metal wheel is included, it’s up around $80 right now. Would love to pick one up when the prices settle back down. Amazon sells both aluminum and stainless steel tapes; you can get them with or without the adhesive on the back. 

  13. coffee100 says:

    We build nothing like this any more.  

    What passes for “product” now is shitty, sloppy, half-assed plastic overpriced crap built anywhere but here. 

    But the rectangle-heads like it because it’s cheap.  We can’t even make our own flags.

  14. Brad H. says:

    Oh! This is just the product to label my Leica lenses with that are kept in a Halliburton Zero in my Dymaxion House. 

  15. Mike Naylor says:

    It’s simpler to buy the aluminum tape and a set of letter and number punches.   That you can stamp a whole host of things with the punches makes the more versatile than this (cool) tool.

  16. kernkraftwerks says:

    Can anyone ID the specific model type of this all-metal version?

    Looks much like a “with authentic battle damage!” version of an M-11 with metal wheel accessory currently on eBay, but does anyone know for sure?

  17. travtastic says:

    Hey! I have one of those in my desk drawer at work. I had no idea about any aluminum tape.

  18. pjcamp says:

    You can expect a lifetime of wondering where to get aluminum tape.

    Or at least 5 years until you put it up on eBay for the next guy to puzzle over.

  19. nephroth says:

    Not to be provocative, but the comparison of Kia to Mercedes is not completely appropriate. One of the major concerns of German car makers is the fact that other automakers, specifically Hyundai, but also its subsidiary Kia have improved in quality dramatically over the last decade or so and are now starting to nibble at the edges of their market share. 

    I recall a specific incident at the Beijing auto show (IIRC) in 2011 in which one of the engineering bigwigs at BMW spent a considerable amount of time sizing up one of Hyundai’s production prototypes. When he was finished, he reportedly demanded to know how Hyundai had managed to do various things that he had been told were impossible or at least not financially practical.

    While it’s fair to say that a Kia or a Hyundai isn’t likely to evoke the same sense of prestige or power as a Mercedes, it is quickly becoming less poignant to compare them on the basis of quality.

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