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Bell & Howell autoload 8mm movie projector 456 problems with feeding film

Problem with threading the film. The projector has worked recently, but now it doesn't seem to want to load the film, but begins to fold up the leader or the film before it gets far onto the take-up reel. Sometimes it seems to be a problem with the take-up reel not advancing to pull the film through.

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  • Gavinator Dec 07, 2007

    when i load the film into my bell & howell "director series" it won't feed.

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2008

    threading bell & howell 456a projector

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2008

    I need instructions how to feed the film. There was no instructions with the one I have. Canyou help?

  • broomall Jul 01, 2008

    Someone just dropped off this projector (B&H Model 456) in it's original case. The projector is like new but it does not auto-load.

    What I did:


    1. Followed the automatic-threading instructions from the manual

    2. The auto-load does not pick the film

    3. I threaded the film manually for additional 6-8 inches and it does not go forward

    I would think that the sprockets should be turning when the motor is on, but I do not see them turning.



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SOURCE: I have a Bell and Howell Model 456 Autoload

The Bell and Howell Model 456 Autoload was made that way ON PURPOSE. The last foot or so must be manually pulled from the projector. As described in the manual, "this safeguard has been designed to prevent the end of your film from flapping against the projector after your movie is completed."
If the entire film was going into the take up reel at the end automatically, then THAT was a defective occurence. It is not supposed to do that.

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SOURCE: How do I thread the film through an 8mm B&H Projector

http://www.folkstreams.net/vafp/stream.php?id=97

It's about four and a half minutes long, and shows how to clean the various components that need cleaning beforehand as well as how to thread the projector.

However, I wish you good bloody luck on finding a bulb, if you don't have one that still works. From the look of the unit, it uses a DAR bulb, which was delisted (read: went out of production) thirty years ago. You can sometimes find new old-stock (NOS) DAR bulbs on eBay, but expect to pay $30 to $35 apiece plus shipping for them.


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