Today i have cleaned and tested my „new“ TZ30 Tape Drive, which I have got in one of my last Hauls.
I have also verified, that the reels turn smooth. On the TK50 side the ball-bearings needs mostly replaced/cleaned as the oil become matted and the reels will block, which will damage the tape somehow.
That’s how the drive looks like after some time in use:
After some cleaning it looks like new:
The Functional Test was also a success and I have made a small video of the operation.
DEC TZ30 insert Cartridge