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  1. #1
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    Default Refurbishing an old 30 frame Extractor.

    Hi All
    I made a trip from NY to Indiana last week and purchased an older 30 frame Stainless Extractor. I have a few questions on refurbishing this unit. The unit is non-computerized (which appealed to my intellect...LOL), it is called an Adjustable Clutch. I have broken it down, and removed the spin basket, as well as the top and bottom metal reinforcement bands, and the motor and top plate with mechanics. I intend on sandblasting soon, polishing the stainless, and restoring. My questions are as follows:
    1.) What Kind of Paint should I utilize (Epoxy, Powder Coat, or other)?
    2.) The basket was seated whereby grease was exposed on the base of the pedestal. My friends and I believe that we can replace this with a sealed bearing. Has anyone done this, if so where did you track down the bearing?????
    (Fastenal or a similar company perhaps?)
    3.) Would replacement color matter? The current color is white. (I would just assume use Pittsburgh Black and Gold......LOL)
    4.) Is there anything I may not be considering which may be important to resale?
    5.) Also, the person I bought it off from pointed out that it can take more frames with special basket clips, allowing it to accomadate up to 60 frames. Any idea where I could track clips down, and are they model specific?
    Thanks for your input in advance....Cheers,
    Greathorned

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    Default Re: Refurbishing an old 30 frame Extractor.

    If it is painted I would suspect that it is not stainless steel.
    And if it is stainless, I would be cautious sand blasting it. I have been able to obtain parts for extractors of that vintage from the manufacturers, in the case of my extractors, Maxant and Dadant.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Refurbishing an old 30 frame Extractor.

    Note that even brand new extractors have an exposed bearing inside the drum. This is OK because a food-grade grease is used on the bearing. The bearing that I am familiar with is essentially a single large stainless steel ball sitting inside a cup-like housing. Modifying an existing extractor to use a sealed bearing is not a route that will be very fruitful, IMO.

    I agree with Ollie's comments above, but if you do decide to paint, CamCoat paint is one to consider:
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    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Refurbishing an old 30 frame Extractor.

    From a few yeas back:

    Penny - Dadant extractor parts
    755 Oak St.
    Dallas City, IL 62330
    Bus: 2178523324
    Bus Fax: 217 852-3806
    Hm Fax: (217) 852-3806

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    Default Re: Refurbishing an old 30 frame Extractor.

    We replace bearing in different machines frequently. The easiest way is to take the bearing in to a bearing shop. They measure and match no problem. Sometimes we change to upgrade wear or performance standards. We use Boca bearings. I'm sure you have something similar.

    Gene

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