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I could not find out a lot of information about the TOYOTA brand, but here is all the information that I could find out about these Knitting Machines.

They first started to produce these knitting machines in the 1970’s and there were not that many different models produced.  This brand of knitting machine came in a  4.5mm and 9mm gauge. TOYOTA was also known as ELNA, hence accessories, manuals and parts are interchangeable.  Also, the  ELNA 2300 and TOYOTA 650 bulky 9mm machine is the same as the Silver Reed SK155 9mm gauge knitting machine.  TOYOTA only has punch card knitting machines and no electrical/computerized models.  I do think that some are 12 stitch punch card knitting machines and some are 24 stitch.

On thing that the Toyota brand is known for its Simulknit, a feature accessory added to the ribber which easily produces a single color backing on double jacquard fabric, not nearly as easily produced on most other knitting machines.

Also another interesting feature is some 24 stitch punchcard machines have added versatility with a 12 button selector which you may use to punch in any smaller pattern at will without using a punchcard. You can also combine this feature with the punchcards which definitely gives some very interesting choices.

From my research the only accessories for these machines is the K85 Pile Knitter, K82 Intarsia Carriage, Bind Off Carriage, K56 Stitch Transfer Carriage, K747 Lace Carriage, K86 Yarn Color Changer for the KS950 and KS901, a  K81 Plating Unit and a K33A Knit Tracer (knit radar).

From what I have read the following TOYOTA knitting machines are the better models to purchase:  TOYOTA 901 and especially the TOYOTA 787.

It is also said, these machines are so well built, little can go wrong with them except for the occasional needle needing replacing.  Just as a side note, TOYOTA knitting machines usually come in two tone colors which I think make them a very pretty machine. 

Pricing:  You should compare these knitting machines to Brother punch card knitting machines, which is anywhere from $250 - $500 with the ribber running $150 - $250.

   

TOYOTA 500 - year made 1978
Full metal needle bed, 4.5mm

TOYOTA 600, 610 & KS650 (bulky) – year made 1987
Full metal needle bed, 9mm

TOYOTA SR650, 9mm Ribber

TOYOTA 727, 747, 787 - year made 1985
Full metal needle bed, 4.5mm

***The TOYOTA 787 is the best machine to purchase from this line as it has a ton of built in accessories.

TOYOTA 858 - year made 1990
Full metal needle bed, 4.5mm punch card with push buttons (pictured below)

          

TOYOTA 901 - year made 1985
Full metal needle bed, 4.5mm

***This is seen as one of the better models to purchase.  It includes a lace carriage, similar to that of Brother, 24 punchcards and an optional plating feeder.

TOYOTA 950 - year made 1994

                                       Full metal needle bed, 4.5mm
                                       This is the last model that TOYOTA made.


RIBBERS

TOYOTA Standard Ribbers: KR450, KR460, KR501, KR505, KR506, KR2450

TOYOTA Bulky Ribbers:  KR300, KR308, KR350, KR2350



ELNA MODELS

ELNA EK2300 – 9mm
ELNA ER2350 – 9mm Ribber

ELNA EK2400 – 4.5mm
ELNA ER2450 – 4.5mm Ribber


When sending files if they can be zipped that makes things a lot easier and also I need the magazine/manuals in one file and not in sections otherwise I cannot use them

TOYOTA/ELNA PUNCH CARD SETS

TOYOTA KS787 24 STITCH PUNCH CARDS

TOYOTA KS858 12 STITCH PUNCH CARDS


TOYOTA KS901 24 STITCH PUNCH CARDS


TOYOTA KS950 24 STITCH PUNCH CARDS



TOYOTA/ELNA MANUALS
KR = Ribber & KS = Main Bed
(These are all the manuals that I could find, the list is not complete)

TUITION COURSE STUDY WORKBOOK

KR450 missing
KR501 missing
KR300, 308, 350, missing

KR460
KR505
KR506


ELNA ER2350 missing
ELNA ER2450 missing

ELNA EK2050 missing
ELNA EK2300

KS500 missing

KS600, 610, 650 MISSING (bulky)

KS727 MISSING


KS747
KS747 Lace Instructions

KS787
KS787 Punch Cards
KS787 Manual

KS858 - 777 - 895

KS901
KS901 Lace Punch Cards
KS901 Punch Cards

KS950
KS950 Punch Cards


TOYOTA Accessories Brochure

33A Knit Leader
Knit Tracer Manual
Transfer Carraige
Intarsia Carraige
Pile Knitter
K55 Linker

Super Changer (yarn color changer) - missing
Lace Carriage - missing
Bind Off Carraige - missing

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TOYOTA Knitting Machine Yahoo Group
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