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Power feed lost torque/power3/5
Steff power feed doesnít seem to have enough power anymore to pull material through shaper. Wheels just stop turning under load. Lubing the table helps but has to be re applied every 30 feet. Seems like itís something internal. Thanks for your help.
Have you ever changed or checked the oil in the gearbox?
If the motor isn't stalling I'd say you have something slippibg in the drive train. If the motor were stalling I'd think it'd be pretty clear.
If it's 3-phase, check to see if all the legs have power (leg to ground) start at the outlet and work back to the motor Some motors will run on 2 legs but the power will be low. Just a shot...
I agree with Charles. Look at the electrical source first. That is unless the gearbox oil has turned to sludge.
Are you sure a key didn't fall out of a gear somewhere and the gear is spinning on the shaft?
Thanks for all the replies. Wires were good. Gears and keys were in good shape. Oil was real dirty but not what Iíd call sludge just yet. I flushed out the case several times with the recommended 50w oil. Itís a lot better but still doesnít seem like it has the power it should. Iím surprised it stops the wheels instead of spinning them and not moving stock.
When you say it stopped the wheels it gives me pause. I think you would get a burning smell or something. Can you pull the cutter back get it quiet and stop material as it comes through with your hand? If yes can you reverse feed direction and still stop the material? If no the speed/reverse switch could have a problem. Is your tooling really dull?
Its not a Vario feeder is it? Big round knob that changes the speed?
The facts don't add up. Did you check the amperage of each leg of power?
Can you tell us which model of Steff feeder it is?
Also we may all be able to spot something if you post a short movie of it slowing down.