Hello! Just drove back from Canada to California and my wife inherited an Amberola 30. Currently not working. I had never even seen or heard of these things up until a week ago. Looks like the spring barrel/gear has something wrong with it as the gear tends to work its way loose when cranking. Is the large gear that rides almost up agains the spring barrel supposed to rotate freely on its shaft? Doesn't seem like it, but like I said I have no idea what I'm doing.
Post by lucius1958 on Jul 25, 2020 21:03:25 GMT -5
OK: I assume you mean the gear that drives the feed screw (the threaded rod underneath the cylinder mandrel)? That definitely should NOT be loose on its shaft: it will have to be secured back in place.
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This gear. It keeps falling off the shaft where the arrow is pointing. I can certainly make it "stick" just wasn't sure that was the appropriate course of action. Sorry I should have just posted the photo in the first place.