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 Posted: Thu Jun 10th, 2021 07:54 pm
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Ed Teach
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Thanks for any help. So I got the Menominee back together. Sand blasted painted and rewired. Someone had been in to this before, the wires were all taped up with electrical tape including the winding's.  No him nothing. I made sure the brushes were touching cleaned the ends of the springs. The wires that came off the brass brush tubes were marked and the line in was marked so I did not get them mixed up. Thanks for any guidance. I may have to get the thing new winding. But I want to check out the other possibility first.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 10th, 2021 08:21 pm
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I've had that happen a few times.  Fan is dead and I pulled the brushes in and out 3-4 times and then poof,  the fan starts running.   Try swapping sides on the brushes.
also poke the back of the brush with something thin to make sure it is up against the commutator.  I have had a brush get stuck on grit but thought it was making contact.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 10th, 2021 09:38 pm
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I took out the brushes and made sure they are touching the commuter. I did it a few times and can not get a thing out of it. The wingdings were taped with electrical tape. I am hoping someone did not bugger it up.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 10th, 2021 09:44 pm
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It could be anything. Start with "Plugs law" and work forward. If you have a voltmeter, check that there is voltage across the brush holders. If there is, then work toward the armature. If not, then work backwards from there.
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So 120 going to the windings and I am getting 1.3 1.2 reading on the brush tubes. So the motor is AC DC. What should the reading on a brush motor be at the brushes?

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 Posted: Thu Jun 10th, 2021 10:35 pm
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I pulled out the rotor and checked OHMs on the commutator. It reads 34 all the way around. So I don't think its the rotor.

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Are your brush holder channels clean? 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 12:21 am
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I ran sandpaper through them.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 12:55 am
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I ran the tests on the rotor in this video. Some readings were not exactly the same but no short between the commutator and the armature stack.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmjFzukDhqI

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 01:36 am
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I did an armature lately that had odd readings. Only one coil had a fair bit less ohms than the rest. The fan would run slowly. It was breaking down internally and I had to have it re-wound.
I test between opposite contacts, just like where the brushes would sit. All readings should be very close.
Voltage at the brushes can be difficult to read. It's a weird kind of pulsating DC voltage, not the AC from the wall. It gets converted by the field coils before it gets to the brushes.
So, if any voltage is there, it a kind of indication that there is continuity between the plug, switch and field coils. Then it's down to brushes and armature as to where the problem lies, most likely.
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I like to use a growler armature tester...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2505460.m570.l1311&_nkw=growler+armature+tester&_sacat=0

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 01:50 am
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If I can not fix this is there anyone who rewinds these? Thanks. I would look for a donor but its doubtful I will find one.

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I've been fixing some oddball stuff lately. But you should be able to tell if the parts you have will work with just the simple tools you have. It would be nice to have a growler. I'll add it to the list of tools I'd like to have.
There are a couple of places around that rewind armatures. it's not cheap at 100-200$ a pop. But what are you going to do with that doorstop otherwise.
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Bill

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 12:30 pm
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Not sure its the armature. I need to test the stater. Anyone know what reading I should get on the two wire stater? I ran a check on the stater and there is zero reading between the two line in wires. Is it possible that the person who wrapped the tape got the wires mixed up? How would you tell the stater line in wires from the line out to brushs? If it is a bad stater does anyone rewind them?

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I tested all the wires from the stater and I get nothing between any of them.So the big issue is the stater I believe.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 06:41 pm
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I think I figured out what the issue is. Or at least one of them. Someone messed with the windings and they look like crap once I unwrapped them. I took them out and took off the tape. Looks like a rats nest.


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 Posted: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 06:48 pm
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If you're lucky, once you unwrap the stator, you'll find the problem. Typical bush motors have dead simple field coils which are a great starting point for someone just getting into winding coils.

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Is this something I can do rewind the stater? If so can someone give me a crash course in how it should be done? Turns, where to get the wire and the process? Thanks. If not then I would like to send it out and have it done.

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So if I understand this correctly, since this is a brush motor I don't have to connect the ends in sequence. Power in and the other out to the commutator same with the other coil. Is this correct? So since I don't have any tools to do this I was thinking I could take a piece of wood and put the old windings on it and drill and put in small dowels four corners to make the same shape as the ones that came out. I can wind this by hand and what I would need to know is how many turns and what gauge wire. The insulator paper used is it special or can I wrap it in electrical tape where it fits into the armature? Also is there a particular sequence the in and out lines of each coil go in that does it matter what is power in and what is out to the brushes? Thanks for any help.

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