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After ten years of use, I decided it was time to clean and lube all the internal parts. The motor still looks new inside and the gearbox and it's grease look fine as well. However, once it was back together, it would not run! PLEASE explain to me how the speed control works...I was expecting a reostat or an actual SWITCH!! It does hum..when first turned to the lowest speed but thats it! The speed control is clearly adjustable... but what is the correct setup? Thank you in advance..H.Moestein.

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The speed control is a governor setup, it's purely on and off, as the weights on the motor shaft spin faster, they press against the contacts, and when they spin a fast enough speed, it turns off current to the motor, which makes it slow down, and current gets turned back on.  That way, you get a pretty consistent speed on a setting no matter whether it's lightly loaded or whipping something fairly heavy.  If you can turn the motor shaft by hand, then you don't have anything binding, but you might have gotten the speed control out of adjustment.  give it another go.

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