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Dang. I just did another 100 hr belt change
Are your belts breaking or throwing chunks or are you just being cautious? I figure I will change my belts in another couple months when it's cooled off and not 130 degrees inside my truck all day. I'm over 400 hours now with no belt issues since buying the machine from Jeff.
 
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Is there a trick to aligning them? Or a way to tell if it's not aligned correctly....before you crack a coupler.
Usually if it is not aligned properly it will make a lot of noise and vibrate really bad at lower RPM's.

Check your alignment with a straight edge at the 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 position.
 
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I guarantee you it was not aligned perfectly. I see this all the time when there are alignment issues. My coupler is just over 600 hours right now.
I went 6 years on my original coupler
 

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Usually if it is not aligned properly it will make a lot of noise and vibrate really bad at lower RPM's.

Check your alignment with a straight edge at the 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 position.

It was vibrating a lot at lower rpms. I have a feeling it wasn't aligned properly.
 

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Usually if it is not aligned properly it will make a lot of noise and vibrate really bad at lower RPM's.

Check your alignment with a straight edge at the 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 position.
I suppose thats fine for in the field or at home. But isn't the proper way to align 2 rotating shafts that must be joined via a coupler is with a laser?
The tradesman at GM always used a laser after the straight edge.
 

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I suppose thats fine for in the field or at home. But isn't the proper way to align 2 rotating shafts that must be joined via a coupler is with a laser?
The tradesman at GM always used a laser after the straight edge.
There are precision tools that most shops should have.
 

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damon have you looked into the motor plate the new amtex's have? supposedly they allow you to adjust tension on the belts. i think that's why you are only getting 100 hours.

i'm still farting around with mine, i got the fuel tank mounted, fuel pump and lines run, installed fresh water tank and Little giant. still have to hook up on demand pump for fresh water and plumb the exhaust, then i should be ready to fire it up.

one question i'm not sure if you will know - does your amtex have a on/off switch for the pump? mine does but i ditched all of the HX stuff and i think it just went to a bypass. the belt from the drive pulley goes right to the pump pulley, i can't see any kind of pump clutch. Just wondering if there is some sort of clutch i don't see activated by that switch.

sorry for the derail . . . .
Funny you bring that up. I just had to rewire mine last week. My ignition fell apart on a job and the wires melted so I had to make a new switch for the pump wired directly to the battery to get the job done. Yes, it is clutch driven. The center part should engage and spin when turned on. I was able to fix everything. Turns out Kohler uses about 25 different ignitions. It took me a bit to find the correct one but after 14 hours of wrenching I was back up and running.
 

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Funny you bring that up. I just had to rewire mine last week. My ignition fell apart on a job and the wires melted so I had to make a new switch for the pump wired directly to the battery to get the job done. Yes, it is clutch driven. The center part should engage and spin when turned on. I was able to fix everything. Turns out Kohler uses about 25 different ignitions. It took me a bit to find the correct one but after 14 hours of wrenching I was back up and running.
Awesome thank u!
 

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Are your belts breaking or throwing chunks or are you just being cautious? I figure I will change my belts in another couple months when it's cooled off and not 130 degrees inside my truck all day. I'm over 400 hours now with no belt issues since buying the machine from Jeff.
No not this time. That was last time for me, lol. But I was fixing something else and noticed that one was cracked all the way to the outer band. Then I noticed that both had multiple cracks to the outer band. I said a prayer, then called my wife and asked her to pray for my TM to make it through the day. I was booked solid and somehow I managed to work all day without the belts coming apart. I am stunned they made it through the day in 104° ambient temps. I got up at 5:30am this morning and changed the belts.
 

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No not this time. That was last time for me, lol. But I was fixing something else and noticed that one was cracked all the way to the outer band. Then I noticed that both had multiple cracks to the outer band. I said a prayer, then called my wife and asked her to pray for my TM to make it through the day. I was booked solid and somehow I managed to work all day without the belts coming apart. I am stunned they made it through the day in 104° ambient temps. I got up at 5:30am this morning and changed the belts.

Wow. Are you sure you are using belts and not rubber bands?:rolleyes:
 

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Wow. Are you sure you are using belts and not rubber bands?:rolleyes:
Well, We get some pretty high heat here, but so do you in the Vegas area. Todd, today I sucked up a rag into my system. I don't think it hit the blower, but i need to take it apart in the morning and find the rag. I wasn't using my Devastator filter because i was just cleaning a couch. Sucked the rag out of my pocket. On the front of my dragon I have 2 Vac ports. One is sucking and one isn't. So I guess my rag is lodged up in there somewhere.

Always something. At least I'm not bored.
 

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Well, We get some pretty high heat here, but so do you in the Vegas area. Todd, today I sucked up a rag into my system. I don't think it hit the blower, but i need to take it apart in the morning and find the rag. I wasn't using my Devastator filter because i was just cleaning a couch. Sucked the rag out of my pocket. On the front of my dragon I have 2 Vac ports. One is sucking and one isn't. So I guess my rag is lodged up in there somewhere.

A;ways something. At least i'm not bored.
Hopefully it's right at the elbow going into the tank.

Do you use a blower filter? I saw this a couple years ago.

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Hopefully it's right at the elbow going into the tank.

Do you use a blower filter? I saw this a couple years ago.

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I'll know more tomorrow. I am just lucky it didn't make it into my blower. Let this be a lesson to everyone. Always use a pre-filter! I took a chance because I was just doing a couch, and it bit me in the ass. Never again!
 

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I'll know more tomorrow. I am just lucky it didn't make it into my blower. Let this be a lesson to everyone. Always use a pre-filter! I took a chance because I was just doing a couch, and it bit me in the ass. Never again!
I run 2-1/2" from the waste tank to the filter, then 2" from filter to wand. A tech can never run it without the dev filter.
 
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