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    Grants Pass, OR
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    Sewing, Shooting, Machined Pens, Fishing, Polaris RZR, Web Design, Knives & Guns

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  1. JJN

    I need clicker help

    I believe MattS is correct. That is not a potentiometer. It is a rotary switch with an array of capacitors. Capacitors allow the flow of electricity for a limited time depending their value usually measured in microfarads ( μF ). It looks like the range of movement of the clicker plate is regulated by how long the current flows. The switch may be working properly. The short stroke may be caused by the speed that the hydraulics are moving. Possibly getting the oil changed and the mechanism cleaned and lubricated could solve the problem. The capacitors in that switch look like they are 'potted' in epoxy. Difficult to repair. You should be able to use a multi-meter that has a capacitance measurement mode to check the condition of each capacitor by measuring between the contacts and comparing to the values printed on each capacitor.
  2. JJN

    I need clicker help

    I have a manual for a different model (USM Hytronic Cutting Machine Model C) but it looks very similar. You might find some useful info in here. It is 23MB so I cannot upload it here. I put it on dropbox, just follow the link. https://www.dropbox.com/s/9mhb7vq5wnf0d9r/HCM-C-Parts-Service.pdf?dl=0
  3. JJN

    Time capsule 206RB

    On Consew, I believe the first 2 digits of the serial number is the year built. My 206RB is 1991. My 206RB-1 is 1993. That machine was a great find. Replace the grease in the upper and lower gear covers before you use it. That old waxy grease can harden like glue.
  4. I used an image from a German language Claes manual for the patent elastic to see what the original bobbin winder should look like. I found the one shown in the photo below in the Netherlands on Ebay and bought it. I think it is the correct one. I am looking forward to getting it and adding it to the machine. It was listed as an antique Watchmakers Lathe which is totally incorrect. I have owned many watchmakers lathes and this is not one.
  5. @shoepatcher, Glenn, No I did not get your email about the clicker. where did you send it? I will send you a LW message with my contact info. Thanks! John
  6. The bobbin measures 0.615" diameter, 0.255" wide with a 0.110" hole. Any idea where to find more? The needle has a 2mm shank and measures 1.796" or 45.6mm in length. There is no scarf, just a long groove on one side and a short groove around the eyelet on the other side. I think this may be a system 81 needle but have not been able to confirm that. Can anyone verify this and provide a source?
  7. I picked up the machine yesterday. My first impression is it is smaller than I thought it would be. I had to load it and run so I didn't really look at it until today. It is still dirty but I wiped it off a little and oiled the obvious pivot points. I made a couple tension adjustments and threw a scrap piece of leather under it and it made a nice stitch. I am surprised and happy. Super smooth and quite. Here are some updated photos.
  8. @Egits, that is a great resource. I will be spending some there researching. Thanks for posting it. I see you live in Ohio. I was born in Parma and grew up in Seven Hills.
  9. I bought this "Patent Elastic" patcher sewing machine today. I will pick it up on Monday. Its a full day of driving. These are the only photos I have until I pick it up. The photos are not very good, but it looks like it is not a rust bucket and still has a lot of the original paint. It is always a good sign when an older machine still has thread in it. I am told it sewed fine the last time it was used several years ago. From what I have read on here about these patchers, there were a few different brands that had the Patent Elastic name on them. Can anyone tell me more about this machine? Maker, bobbin size, needle system, maximum thickness & thread and value? Thanks
  10. JJN

    Ideal Clicker Machine Model C

    @ljk, I'm sending my phone number in a message to help with sending.
  11. JJN

    Ideal Clicker Machine Model C

    Glenn, I definitely will add a two-hand lockout mechanism on this thing before I put it into use. I like my hands and fingers. Thanks for looking. John
  12. JJN

    Ideal Clicker Machine Model C

    We cleaned, oiled and removed the rust from the table last weekend. It is looking pretty good. It really changed color once we got all the crud off of it. I am rewiring the motor starter and switch next. I was offered the larger main pulley/flywheel and will pick it up later this week. I will probably switch it with the smaller one currently on the machine. @shoepatcher, any chance you found the service manual for this thing yet? Here is a current photo of the machine cleaned up and with all the parts put back on.
  13. @luxuryluke, I've been lurking looking at that machine since a couple hours after it was posted. I've been wanting to get a dedicated binding machine. I live in southern Oregon and was seriously considering pulling the trigger on that machine and driving up to get it. It is a beautiful machine! My only concern was getting parts, but since you confirmed it can use Pfaff parts, it is a good choice. I'm very glad you are getting it. That is a great price too. I can't wait to see some posts of how it works out for you.
  14. JJN

    Ideal Clicker Machine Model C

    I just got it moved to the shop last week. I'm checking out the wiring. The motor is a Baldor 3hp 220 single phase. The shop has 220 3 phase. I will use legs 1 and 2 of the 3 phase to run the motor at 208 volts. The machine itself needs a few days of cleaning. It has 2 oil ports with spring caps on each side of the vertical casting and 2 open oil ports on the center column. I am still looking for a service manual to properly clean, adjust and lubricate but I will start with some lilly white to get it going. The machine turns over by hand although it is quite an effort to turn the flywheel. The upper arm cycles properly. I need to resurface the Hydrosolid cutting board to level out the wear in the middle, and finally order some clicker dies. I am very stoked about getting this machine. I got it as a trade for a Noveske rifle barrel, which the rifle shop generously donated and a $30 trailer rental to move it to my friends shop. It looks like it will run as it is. I will post some updates as I go. I am still looking for the service manual.