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    At my center, a couple of pinwheels will not start unless I turn the pinwheel by hand to get it started. This only happens when the pinsetter is first turned on. Do you think that the guide rollers are a little too tight against the wheel? Or maybe not enough belt tension?

    Your thought?


  • #2
    Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

    Things i have come across are: Pinwheel brake is grooved from the belt and YEARS of use,change it and all ok,if pinwheel turns by hand easily then i doubt it's too much tension on guide rollers,had another one do what you have and it was a bad selenium rectifier.That's what i have run across.


    • #3
      Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

      Check your guide rollers, they might be getting gummy. I have had that happen, clean them and they work again, also clean the wheel. PJ
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      • #4
        Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

        Have to agree with the grooved pin wheel brake,you can move the brake over a little until you can replace it.



        • #5
          Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

          I call that a "summer stop." If the pinwheel brake is a little worn and you don't run the pinsetter for a day or two, it sticks to the belt. You can replace the pinwheel brake but I just weld a piece of flat steel over the wear area.


          • #6
            Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

            Joe Fish:
            Can be a combination of matters, old pin wheel belts with the graphite gone from the back of belt, bad clutch and pulley facing, but mostly caused by guides being run to tight. Guides should be in contact with wheel only at highest portion of circle.


            • #7
              Re: Metal Pinwheels Not Starting

              I believe you will find that your pinwheel belt brake has been worn through. I have 12 machines ser#72k+ (made in 1961). I also only have this problem in the summertime, like the one reply states, after the machine has been sitting for a day or two w/o running. I had this problem on 4 machines constantly-- upon inspection, all four of the pinwheel brakes had 1/2" to 3/4" holes worn through them. Yikes!
              If you have some that aren't completely worn through, some graphite or parafin wax applied to the back of the pinwheel belt should help belay some of those problems.

              Hope this helps
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