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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby margamatix » Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:15 pm

I've restored one (in fact, I think it's the one in the photo above) and I stripped it because it had been painted appallingly badly in Ronseal. Then I varnished it and it looked a lot better, although you should bear in mind that the cabinets are made of plywood which isn't particularly attractive.

As you have several, I would suggest stripping and varnishing one of them to see what you think, I personally would be tempted to leave them "as is" unless the paintwork is particularly bad.

It amazes me that a machine which principally relies on a rubber suction cap for its operation still works perfectly after some 30-40 years.

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Swedish Testo machine

Postby special when lit » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:43 pm

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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... SS:GB:3160

This has just popped up on American ebay.
I always thought Testo machines were made in Wales, supposedly by an ex policeman.
Just wondered if anyone knows anything about this, never seen one with that glass on either.
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Re: Swedish Testo machine

Postby pennymachines » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:21 pm

It doesn't appear to be Swedish made. I can't read the address but I'm guessing "Testo Company" may be one of the "ABA" Arthur Brown Associated Companies of Llandudno GB. I've seen these in the US before, so I imagine it was manufactured in Wales for export to America. I don't understand (maybe our American cousins can comment) how the coinage on the glass can be "Nickel" when the speed is in Mph, not Kmph. !PUZZLED!

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Re: Swedish Testo machine

Postby gameswat » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:36 pm

pennymachines wrote: I don't understand (maybe our American cousins can comment) how the coinage on the glass can be "Nickel" when the speed is in Mph, not Kmph.
PM, USA is MPH, OK?

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Re: Swedish Testo machine

Postby special when lit » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:23 pm

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Re: Swedish Testo machine

Postby pennymachines » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:09 pm

Gameswat wrote:PM, USA is MPH, OK?
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TESTO COMPANY ... MADE IN SWEDEN
!!SUICIDAL!!

I now maintain, without fear of contradiction !SEARCH! ... the TESTO reaction tester originates from Sweden, being the invention of Klaus Johannes Ylinen, a Finnish Subject of Frejgatan, 13 Stockholm, (as per patent GB786414). Versions were made for the Testo Company of 15 Mustang Road, Rolling Hills, California and the one we see most often here, with blue lorry, Zebra Crossing, Belisha Beacon and badged "ABA", for Arthur Brown Associated Companies of Llandudno (who had the UK franchise).

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Re: Testo Reaction Meter

Postby john t peterson » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:40 pm

Challenge the PM at your peril! !OMFG!

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Testo reaction machine

Postby 53chevy » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:03 pm

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My Son bought a machine a while back to play around with but the graphic on the front is useless.
I wondered if anyone on here has a glass with the graphic on or a copy of the artwork so I can get one made for him.

Regards Pat.

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Re: Testo reaction machine

Postby treefrog » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:00 am

No-one answered you, but doing a search on here, there is a thread (now merged above - Site Admin.) on these machines and they often come up at auction. This might prompt someone to send a better picture of one.

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