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Pat trap throw arm "windmills"...help please

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  1. Doughboy

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    Our pat trap machine has a tendency to windmill 3 to 5 targets then will start to break them. I've also noticed that the throw arm, when it does stop, almost goes past the brake. Please help with the fixes needed.
     
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    Move the plate with the 2 switches on it (underneath the plate) forward just a bit.

    You could also adjust the friction brake for more tension. Its purpose is to slow the arm down so the switches can be effective.

    HM
     
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    One how cold is your area now? If its starting to get cold you will have to let the machine warm up for about half an hour before using it. Some people put the pump on a dog heating pad with a timer to pre heat the pump.

    The other problem we found was the switch plug that goes to the machine had the outlet plate fall on the top two points of the plug. It was making a connection that caused the machine to keep throwing targets.

    Check all electic points and switches.
     
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    If your Pat trap uses synthetic fluid do you still have to warm it up? HMB
     
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    HI my name is vince valois give me a call if I can help 813-277-6543
     
  6. RobertT

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    HM said "Move the plate with the 2 switches on it (underneath the plate) forward just a bit," It's possible that the thumb screw holding the two micro switch's is loose or one of the switches has gone bad. Please let us all know the ultimate resolution.

    Robert
     
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    We had to reset for the cold weather every year. Too much adjustment results in a slow release.

    I also am interested in your resolution to the problem.

    HM
     
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    We leave the pump switch "ON" all the time and shut down the power at the breaker for the house at the main. First person in turns the breakers on and lets the pump run while we get everything else set-up and in operation. Usually only fifteen minutes or so does the trick.

    Big Jack
     
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    Lots of good advice here but call Vince...he's the best.
     
  10. Doughboy

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    Turned house power off. Pulled out all the fuses and plugged them back in (inside the pat trap main panel box). That has stopped the windmilling. Throw arm still almost clears the brake. Do I adjust it back by loosening the mounting bolt and move the arm back a little?
     
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    Yes, Set the arm to stop about 1" from the end of the brake..
     
  12. halfmile

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    You can't move the arm. You can try moving the brake and adjusting the wedge for more tension, or you can move the switch plate. I have had success with judicious adjustment of the brake assembly. the wedge can be moved for more tension. You don't want the arm too close to center, because inertia lets it go over and another cycle begins.

    HM
     
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