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Looking at purchasing first EM / Pin

By jpd424

5 months ago

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    #4 5 months ago

    if you can't verify working condition assume broken and offer 300 to 350 no more unless you really want it but then you are getting taken advantage of. its never just afuse and it lights up means nothing.

    #20 5 months ago

    to make an electro mechanical reliable so that you are not chasing shadows requires a lot of work. as the machine ages the spacers on the switches dry out and shrink leaving the switch gaps to change and go out of adjustment. first step is to tighten all the screws while making sure the leafs are all aligned. hopefully someone has not sprayed contact cleaner on it or else you will have deposits of "salts" on the leaves since the 50 volt arcs break down the chemical cleaner and cause problems. a quick brushing or the contacts with flexstone will clean them up no problem though. care should be taken to make sure the contacts make and break properly when the relays move from at rest to engaged position, a multi meter is very good for this and verify these switches is very important to insure fault free function. the next stupid thing that people do is lube the plungers which is ok for about a week or two but then grunge builds up on the wetness and freezes the plungers. you must clean thoroughly and not lube. sticky plungers leads to people winding the return springs on stepper units tighter to facilitate returning to home position but this makes the stepper unreliable to advance properly. most springs are wound 3 revolutions for proper operation.

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