Came home to a cold shop after a night out-ouch, not good. Everything was running on my 7 yo Pioneer...except the stoker motor. No feed, no coal, no heat.Noticed earlier that it sounded strained and uneven when running. Thought I would check it out in spring as it was making heat. Didn't make it to spring-it was stopped dead! Pulled the stoker down, couldn't move
it-nothing. So I think I'll call in the am and get a motor/gear unit sent out.Figure next day it, and it would be back up in a couple days. Problem is -can't shut down the
office for a couple days-have to have it. Soooo-I poke around the stoker unit. Take the gear box cover
off and see the problem. The grease had broken down and gone solid, was a virtual glue on the gear faces on the cover side. Makes sense as this is a rear vent stove and unit gets blasted by heat all the time. Pulled gears, cleaned them and the case. Hit it with high temp chain lube, put it all back together.
Bingo-it works-smooth and steady! Put some hi temp metal tape under the unit as a make shift heat shield- figure it can't hurt.
The design of this unit and the parts in it allowed me to get back to making heat in under 30 mins with basic mechanical skills and 0 replacement parts! Does not get any better in the machine world-nice job guys! Can't speak for other brands, just what I've seen here really. But there is no doubt in my mind that LL products are the best. No scarey problems like hopper fires etc, dirt simple, RELIABLE
and easy to maintain and repair. These units are as good as coal burning gets. If your jumping into coal, upgrading, what ever, buy LL, you'll not regret it.