Repairing Lega Extractor
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  1. #1
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    Default Repairing Lega Extractor

    I have an older 20 frame lega extractor with and Eloba motor. In the course of taking it apart to replace the spring pins, I seem to have changed something because it won’t fit back together. This happened once before and then it miraculously self-healed and chose to slide into place (on the 100th try).
    Has anyone repaired one of these and know the trick? Or have schematics they could pass on?
    Many thanks

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    I would start here.
    https://www.legaitaly.com/en/contacts
    Since Lega is manufactured in Italy, there is a manufacturer named Elba.Try Googling " name serial number"
    Not sure what you mean by " spring pins"

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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    Thanks! I’ll try that to see if there is a trick to reassembling it.

    Spring pins are small (here, about and inch) c shaped metal tubes or pins. When you insert the shaft from the motor into the shaft from the basket spinner, you put the spring pins thru holes in the center to connect the two so the motor shaft turns the spinner.

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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    have you tried inserting a nail/pin thru the shaft and the collar to get it aligned then pushing the nail back out as you push in the spring pin? This can sometimes make it easier to get everything aligned. Another thing you can do that may make it a bit easier to get the spring pin in is to add a chamfer to the hole in the inner shaft to help guide the spring pin in if there is a slight misalignment.

    Does my explanation make sense?

    Is this what you are calling a spring pin or is it something else? https://www.grainger.com/product/FAB...ing-Pin-41LW25

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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    He is describing a slotted spring pin, also called a roll pin like these.
    https://m.grainger.com/mobile/produc...ebparentimage$

    Since the extractor is made in Italy, are you using the correct size metric spring pin?
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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    Perfect alignment is key.
    Try a light tap with a small hammer

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    Good advice that worked. Many thanks everyone.

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