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Anyone know anything about electric motors?

Post in 'The Gear' started by weatherguy, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I got a new moisture meter today and wanted to test it out so I figured Id just split some splits with the 5 ton homelite, all I got was a hum, tried a different socket same thing, anyone know what I could check to maybe fix this thing? I just used it about a month or so ago to make some kindling and its been stored in my garage since I bought it last year.

    thanks for any advice

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  2. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Starter switch or capacitor
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  3. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I assume I could get one on line?
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    Ill have to try and find a manual online for this splitter, sounds like its easy enough if I can get the part.

    thanks Nate
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    Probably just needs new batteries........................sorry, just kiddin LOL
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    Can you spin the motor by hand ?
    If yes, Nate is probably right.
    Don't let it hum for long , it''ll heat up & damage the windings.
  7. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I gave up after two seconds, I knew it wasnt gonna work, Ill try spinning it by hand and report back.
    I have a gas splitter and use that for most of my splitting, just use the electric for kindling, cant even sell it if it doesnt work so I have to try and fix it.
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    It hums because it does not know the words.. :) (sorry it had to be said)
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  9. ScotO

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    I'd say Nate is probably right. Do a google search on that splitter and maybe type the words "motor hums", in quotes just as I did, in the search box.
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    if its a Capacitive start motor it sounds like the capacitor. You got to have lead/lag to get motor to start, so if its humming propably not getting the current lead it needs.
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    Was it stored so that moisture or rust could've gotten to it? Just brainstorming...
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    A long run of light or medium duty extension cords can do this to a good sized electric motor....
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    Yeah, what are the specs on your extension? Try one shorter and fatter and see of that changes things. Otherwise, is there anything else on the circuit that's sucking a lot of juice?
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    Yes, I use a 25-foot 10-gauge cord on mine. I just bought another 25' length to get a little more flexibility in splitting location, but haven't tried it yet. I'm hoping it won't damage the motor, and I'll be sure to take it easy on larger rounds.

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