Originally posted by Geppetto
Trips: What would cause your Hudy to be "on its last legs"??? What wears out, and how long did the truer last?
There are several planetary gear reduction units in the truer. They reduce the rpms of the motor that drives the cutter to a slow useful level. One of these gear reducers stripped out when the previous owner had the truer. He removed the stripped reducer and left the remaining ones in place. This made the feed for the cutter travel too quickly.
I've been unable to get a replacement gear reducer from Hudy, and I feel it's only a matter of time before the others go out. The cutter moves too quickly and stalls the truer if I just switch it on, I have to manually switch it on and off to keep the speed of the cutter at a reasonable level. I'm definitely getting by this way, but I don't expect the machine to last the season like this.