Reading Feed Motor HELP

Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: EMB-190 On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:54 pm

I am on my second season with my Reading Allegheny stoker. Just today, the feed motor started making a skipping noise and sounds as it may fail soon. What is the approx. life expectancy of this part? Is it a repairable item and where can I guy parts for Reading online? Thanks for any help available.
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:20 pm

There should be a data plate on the motor, it has all the info to get a proper replacement. You should be able to get one from any electric supply house or Graingers.
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:46 pm

The feed motor is easily replacable, if it is the gearbox, they not servicable, there a a bunch of small gears (like a watch) and can not be an easy chore to replace the gears, the whole gearbox is easier.
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: Stoker6268 On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:20 am

I know reading has changed the design on the crank arm. The older ones have a "nut" type connection where the arm attaches to the motor end and they sometimes hung up and stuck due to the nut design. They have since gone to a "mushroom" type head on the end of the arm to eliminate any binding. I have the same stove with the newer arm and havent had any issues yet with the motor...
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: GeorgiePorgie On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:40 am

It's best to buy it from Reading, and make sure you get the motor with the crank, there are two versions, one with normal thread and one with a reverse thread, here is a picture of one with the reverse thread , please ignore the other electrical connectors you see, those are my special modifications.

However if the noise you heard is just skipping noise, without affecting the operation, it may just be the noise of the long threaded arm riding the hole in the carpet, and it may make a tick for every thread, I had that happened too !
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: cntbill On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:50 am

GeorgiePorgie wrote: please ignore the other electrical connectors you see, those are my special modifications.


Ok... Not to get too side tracked on this thread, But I have to ask, What are those special modifications :?:
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: crazysteamer On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:35 am

I had one go bad, 1/2 way through my first season....covered by warranty.

Here is what I found.

When the motor rod was 'PULLING' the stoker carpet, (a piece of sheet metal) TOWARD the furnace, the carpet was running out of travel before the motor had completed it's PULL portion of the rotation.

This was putting too much strain on the internal gears and ate them up.

Called my dealer, he sent me a new motor unit (as you see in pictures above), along with a new arm that was about 1/8" longer than the one I had.

This fixed the problem - now when the gearbox stops 'pulling' there is about 1/16" of travel remaining in the carpet so that things don't jam.

I sent the motor / arm back to my dealer, advising him that the arm was TOO SHORT and to not resend it to anyone.

And yes, as Georgieporgie says, the one with the reverse thread is very nice - doesn't unscrew itself during operation.
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: GeorgiePorgie On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:44 am

crazysteamer wrote:And yes, as Georgieporgie says, the one with the reverse thread is very nice - doesn't unscrew itself during operation.


Actually, none of the models should unscrew, properly installed motors, should continue operating wheter normal thread or reverse thread, keep reading you'll discover why:

Looking from the top, a normal thread motor/gearbox with a proper connection, would turn the connecting crank Counter clockwise ensuring a tight connection

Likewise, a reverse thread motor/gearbox with a proper connection, would turn the connecting crank Clockwise ensuring a tight connection as well.

you can always reverse the direction of the motor/gear box, by flipping the winding, trouble is, if it's a single motor for the slider and impeller, then the impeller would reverse direction too !

Moral of the story : there was a mistake with a batch of motors produced, and somehow, they ended up at the wrong stokers ( of course no one would admit to it )
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: k9 Bara On: Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:48 am

WNY wrote:The feed motor is easily replacable, if it is the gearbox, they not servicable, there a a bunch of small gears (like a watch) and can not be an easy chore to replace the gears, the whole gearbox is easier.


I have removed the gears from the reduction gearbox without much trouble. Is a bit scary at first, but I have done a couple now. I will remove them every year for a cleaning and apply new grease. One gear is like a "fiber" gear, I'm sure it's the weak point. But with proper maintenance, should last a long time. The light oil in the picture was a test to find best lubricant to get best protection. I ended up with a med high heat grease that was light enough, but did not get sticky or gummy.

And the special mod's that GeorgiePorgie does. :D .. well, I'm about to test my second (2 different stoves) today (Sorry George, got busy last night) and will give a complete review.
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Re: Reading Feed Motor HELP

PostBy: coaldale On: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:31 pm

This sounds like it will correct my problem with the noise. Would you consider this a hard job and does the fan shaft need to be removed to do this?
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