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Speed Control Unit test?

Does anyone know how to test the viability of the speed control unit? My mixer stopped turning on. The power cord appears to be fine (according to my voltmeter), and the motor/gears all appear to be in working order.

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  • pokenmeister Aug 19, 2008

    :) Allow me to mention that whatever the problem is, it's keeping the mixer from running.

  • pokenmeister Aug 21, 2008

    The switch is working properly.

  • pokenmeister Aug 21, 2008

    The switch is working properly.

  • pokenmeister Aug 21, 2008

    also working properly.

  • pokenmeister Aug 21, 2008

    Both spin properly. I think the problem is in the control board itself (one of the resistors burnt out, etc). When I posted earlier that the switch was working, I was referring to the switch that closes the circuit on the speed control plate, which does drop when the speed lever is moved to the 'on' position. I'm getting strange resistances, when I try and check them against the color code, but I'm not certain how they're wired (parallel vs. series), so I don't know what values I should expect.



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Take off the back cover. there should be 2 screws on top of a piece of metal, 1 on bottom. Start on turn. it should go about 1x a second. Turn the top scrws. Then go to 6. it should be 3x a second. Use the bottom screw to adjust that. When turn and 6 are corrrect, all other sppeeds are right. There might be something else in between the back cover and the 3 screw panel.

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  • ae_7fam Aug 21, 2008

    Is the switch (the speed control) working? Check that.

  • ae_7fam Aug 21, 2008

    How about the cables from the motor to the switch?

  • ae_7fam Aug 21, 2008

    So does the motor spin but not the planetary?

    That is the "spinning part"

  • ae_7fam Aug 28, 2008

    Ok. See what you can do.



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