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  • Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

    Does anyone make a smaller sheave for the pinwheel drive,other than Vantage's "adjustable"?
    Guess I'm gettin' old! I'd like to cut down on the trots down back! my knees are gettin' bad.

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    Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

    Harv why would you wan't to slow down the pinwheel. If all your orientator pans are adjusted correctlly and your sdistributors
    are at the correct height then you should have no problem. I f your disributors are up to high then you may have problems with pins traveling over the top of the pan. apart from that i see no real need to slow down the wheel.

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    • #3
      Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

      I am sure you could find something from Granger that would work and a lot cheaper than vantage

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      • #4
        Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

        Harv,

        AMF also makes an adjustable pulley.

        I agree with Greg that orienting pans must be adjusted. But slowing down the pin wheels allows for a lot of errors and inconsistancy until I can get around to tweaking the problem.

        I have a couple of slowed down pinwheels that need some work, bent tubes ect...
        THEY HAVE NOT JAMMED ONCE IN 9 MONTHS!!

        I don't clean the belts, just minor maint
        and I only avg 1 dist jam / 5200 frames. I can get that number better when I slow down the rest of the house.

        Just when you get everything tweeked out boss wants pins or the shot changed and all hell breaks out. Slowing them down helps especially in the cold months when the belts don't have a good bite.

        I just have to many things to do besides messing around with distributors all the time!

        TECH

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        • #5
          Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

          Tech,
          Me too!!!

          I run a 16 lane house from one end to the other(no snack bar), alone except for evening 6:30 shift.there just isn't enough hours in a day!!
          Thanks for the replies......

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          • #6
            Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

            Harv...if your desperate you can always use a carpet drive pulley in place of the pin wheel pulley...tho the pin wheel shaft is a tad thicker...where there's a will there's a way

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            • #7
              Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

              ....but getting enough belt tension may be a problem

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              • #8
                Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                When you use a smaller pulley your going to have to start raising the motor to make belt tension.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                  good idea to slow down pinwheel go to hardware store and buy 5inch pully or call stahls seventys 6124322231 ask for cheap one or cast sometimes you need stronger spring on tensioner sometimes smaller pin wheel belt they have these too

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                    I am at this time installing 5inch pully's in my center i love the slower pinwheel but to b honest its not that much slower that the bowlers will notice.. the greatest aspect of this is the gap between pins on the distributor specially the 4-7-8 and 6-9-10 areas is increased giving the dist more time to index .. do NOT order the adj pulley from AMF or Vantage it is $55-56 get very costly i was able to go to Grainger and get them for $16 a pop and i think Stahls even has it cheaper ... as far as pinwheel belt goes.. i did have NOT have to change any belts so far cause the belt rides high in the pulley all i have had 2 do is add another spring on the belt tensioner if another belt is needed Stahls has a B188 where the original is a B190 .. i have found that a slower pinwheel in my opinion makes the machine (dist) run alot smoother and my testing was do 1/2 the house first and wait 3 months look at the stops pinjams or even table jams and compare the 2 ends... i really never had a major pin jam problem but i have definately decreased calls as a whole by doing this simple procedure

                    [This message has been edited by #1 Wrench (edited 12-09-1999).]

                    [This message has been edited by #1 Wrench (edited 12-09-1999).]

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                      #1 Wrench:

                      What's the Grainger Item no for that sheave?

                      Also, is that the belt number for the shorter P/W belt, B188? I have a couple of machines that need a smaller belt.
                      "Where are we going, and why are we in a hand basket?"

                      --Kat

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                        Pick up short [188"] pin wheel belt from Stahl's and 5" pulley from Grainger.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                          Kat, did you really post more than 2,000 times in 4 months?!
                          There! Try to NOT work now!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                            The grainger part # for the 4.95 or 5 inch is 3X845.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Ok,,,let's slow the pinwheel down,how?

                              Slow down pinwheels...Bad idea...More headaches than help. Just my $.02.
                              I can't even spell Brunsw-ick anymore!!!

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