Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 17 / OCTOBER 1981 / PAGE 156

Using Non-Pin-Feed Forms In The 2022 Tractor Printer

Rev. Jack Weaver
Homestead FL

Most of the forms we use in our operation are punched for our 2022 Tractor Feed CBM Printer. However there are some things we need to print out on our printer, things for which we could not justify the high cost of having printed. We would use relatively few over a year's time. Two examples that come to mind are Bank Deposit Slips and payroll checks. In my son's business we write three payroll checks each week and we have about 50 to 75 checks to deposit in the bank each week.

We have been using a very easy and unique way to print on standard checks and standard bank deposit forms using our 2022 printer. We have found it very exact and that it can be perfectly registered each time the forms are used.

Basically the method we use is as follows: We take one or more sheets of blank white fan-fold pin feed paper and very carefully lay the proposed forms out on the paper — tracing the outline of each one on the pin-feed paper. The corners of each form are clearly marked in black ink.

The pin-feed paper is then taken and laid on a flat surface outside and carefully sprayed with #1301 KRYLON brand Crystal Clear Acrylic spray coating. We mention this brand because we have found that it will be less likely to crack or peel. After the one side is completely dry — turn it over and spray the back side. Repeal for a total of four or five coats — allowing time for each coat to fully dry.

When the paper is completely dry you will in effect have a plastic: sheet — perforated for your pin teed printer.

It is very important that you use a transparent type opaque cellophane tape and tape the tear perforations so it will not separate as it is being used. The tape should also be taped over the side and top margins of each form outline — so each form can be taped to the page and then removed without doing damage to the plasticized paper.

If you are very careful in drawing your outline of the forms — and careful in the format programming of the printer — you can make each copy exactly like the previous one.

Very important — It is necessary to draw a line on the plasticized sheet at the bottom of the lever on the right hand pin-feed mechanism. This will let you know where to start your printing to get perfect registration each time.

The tape on each form is almost unnoticeable since we use only a square one half-inch square at top and bottom of each form — which, when removed from the plasticized paper form holder, is simply folded over to the back side.

Our bank tellers were impressed and could not figure out how we had done it. When making Bank Deposits we use the form in conjunction with a program which credits the check to the customer while at the same time makes a very neat Bank Deposit Slip.

The possibilities for this are unlimited. We have been using one sheet for 6 months and it is still going strong— maybe for another 6 months!!