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Case tumbler question(s)
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I have a Frankford Arsenal vibratory case tumbler that bit the dust yesterday. This is the second one that I "wore out". (Actually, the motor burned out on both of them). I got a few years out of each of then, using them a few hours at a time but when I try to run them for more than 12 hours at a time they burned out. Does anyone know where to get a replacement motor for it instead of buying a whole new tumbler? I know, the tumblers aren't terribly expensive, they can be had for $40.00 or less but if I could get a replacement motor for half that price I would be ahead of the game. I might even get two so I'll be ready the next time one burns out. I've searched online and couldn't find a link directly to Frankford Arsenal to buy replacement parts, I did find one site for buying OEM parts but they don't have anything listed for Frankford Arsenal.
It's not urgent that I get this repaired or replaced immediately because I have another tumbler of a different style that I can use but when I use a "standby" of anything I like to get the original repaired or replaced ASAP. (I prefer the F.A. style to the other one anyhow). I hate feeling vulnerable by depending on one thing and one thing only. (That's why I have 2 cars, if one needs to be down for a few days to repair I have a backup to rely on).
I always carry 2 pens in my pocket while I'm at work too, you never know when one is going to crap out, and there's always the chance that it will do it when you really need it.
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#2
Build one. A few wheels an old motor some pullies and you can make a bad assed system.
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Normanvin;167518 Wrote:Build one. A few wheels an old motor some pullies and you can make a bad assed system.

I thought about that but I have 2 rotary tumblers and they work just fine, sometimes I want to use the vibratory tumbler because it's bigger, it holds about 2X as much as the rotary ones. I don't really have room for more equipment and the vibrator doesn't take up all that much space. I have an extra tub for the vibrator too so I can switch from wet to dry in a heartbeat without cleaning or drying in between batches. I actually have 2 rotary tumblers too, so I can do a wet and a dry batch at the same time. I'd just like to fix the vibratory one if I can do it cheaply enough. I have another vibrator too, it's a slightly different style and it works OK, but like I said in my previous post, I like to have a backup on hand.
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#4
Any chance there's someone in the area who can repair or rebuild the worn out motors? The same type of shop may be able to get you reasonably priced replacements too.
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#5
gnbrotz;167547 Wrote:Any chance there's someone in the area who can repair or rebuild the worn out motors? The same type of shop may be able to get you reasonably priced replacements too.

There was a place a few miles north of Lebanon that rebuilt electric motors, starters, alternators and that sort of thing but they went out of business about a year or two ago.
That's a good thought though, I'll have to check into it to see if anyone is trying to fill that void.
You got me thinking now, The places that manufacture appliances and equipment don't build all of their components, maybe I can find a close enough replacement in one of the catalogs like McMaster Carr, Grainger or MSC.
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mauser;167555 Wrote:
gnbrotz;167547 Wrote:Any chance there's someone in the area who can repair or rebuild the worn out motors? The same type of shop may be able to get you reasonably priced replacements too.

There was a place a few miles north of Lebanon that rebuilt electric motors, starters, alternators and that sort of thing but they went out of business about a year or two ago.
That's a good thought though, I'll have to check into it to see if anyone is trying to fill that void.
You got me thinking now, The places that manufacture appliances and equipment don't build all of their components, maybe I can find a close enough replacement in one of the catalogs like McMaster Carr, Grainger or MSC.

If you find a workable solution on the cheap, you can go ahead and grab an extra motor or two, so the next time you can be up and running again even faster. Wink
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gnbrotz;167577 Wrote:
mauser;167555 Wrote:There was a place a few miles north of Lebanon that rebuilt electric motors, starters, alternators and that sort of thing but they went out of business about a year or two ago.
That's a good thought though, I'll have to check into it to see if anyone is trying to fill that void.
You got me thinking now, The places that manufacture appliances and equipment don't build all of their components, maybe I can find a close enough replacement in one of the catalogs like McMaster Carr, Grainger or MSC.

If you find a workable solution on the cheap, you can go ahead and grab an extra motor or two, so the next time you can be up and running again even faster. Wink

You're reading my mind. If I can get two motors for the same price, (or less), than the cost of a new tumbler you can bet your ass I'll buy two, or maybe more. I have two tumblers that could be brought back to life and I hate to throw things away if I feel there's even a slight chance that they can be repaired, refurbished or put into service as something different or usable for parts for something else. I have a few fan motors that I could put an off balance load on to the output shaft and get the same effect but they are a LOT bigger than the motors on those tumblers. (Besides that, I have other projects in mind for those motors).
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