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Flex Shaft Tune-Up


#1

Hello All, With all the recent talk about flex shafts not working
properly, I have come to realize that I have been neglecting mine,
but I’m not sure exactly how to take care of it. Is there directions
written somewhere on how to lube the shaft and check/replace motor
brushes and whatever else may need to be done to help keep my flex
shaft in tip-top shape? If not, would someone be willing to write
some? Please?

Also, my flex shaft (Foredom S with #30 handpiece) has never really
run “true” - more noticeable at slower speeds. Is there a way that I
can correct that, or do I have to send it in? Think the problem is
in the handpiece or shaft? Unfortunately, I’m sure it’s already past
the warranty period.

Thanks a million!
Anastasia


#2

There are inexpensive replacement kits for Foredom flexshaft tools.
they contain a replacement shaft, brushes , lubricant, and I forget
what else…and instructions for their use. There are also
aftermarket products that are compatible with most flexshaft tools.

Dee.


#3

Anastasia, Most likely when you purchased your flex shaft, it came
with directions on how to care for your machine, maybe you shoud try
calling the company and get another booklet on how to care for your
machine.

As far as your problem (# 30 handpiece has ““never really”” run
true) this is a fine time to be thinking about that, you should have
done something when you first noticed the problem, not when you think
its past the warranty period.

When anyone purchases a piece of equipment and it comes with some
type of instructions for care and maintenance, I believe the reason
that it was included in the package in the first place was so that
you would read it and save it for future reference.

Have a pleasant day!
Sincerely, Richard Lucas
http://community.webtv.net/lucadent


#4

Hi Anastasia,

my flex shaft (Foredom S with #30 handpiece) has never really run
"true" - more noticeable at slower speeds.  Is there a way that I
can correct that, or do I have to send it in?  Think the problem
is in the handpiece or shaft? 

The problem is most likely with the handpiece. I’d hazard a guess
the problem is caused by 1 of the following:

1. The chuck is attached to the shaft in the handpiece at an angle.
2. The shaft in the handpiece is bent a little.
3. The mounting hole in the chuck is not exactly on center.
4. The taper (0 Jacobs) on the chuck end of the shaft is not centered on 
    the shaft.

Correcting requires the handpiece to be dissasembled. Whether it
rquires new parts or not depends on the actual cause of the problem.
You might contact the Foredom company to see if they’ll help you,
even though the warranty period is over. If not, the cost of repair
may exceed the cost of a new handpiece.

Dave


#5

Hi Dee thanks for the that tune-up kits are available.
Where can one order one? My 25 year old foredom needs refurbishing.
thanks Alma


#6

not a big deal on the repair of the 30 handpiece contact
foredomhttp://www.foredom.com/html_files/contact2.html and buy
another one while your waiting they’re only 30 bucks and don’t
overtighten it next time, and don’t beat on it and while you’re
looking at the website check your needs as to the model you need and
buy another one alltogether(flexshaft) tis best to have 2 machines if
you use them


#7

Okay, Alma and other Orchidians with Foredom flexshaft tools that
could use a facelift…complete maintenance kits or individual
items (grease, motor brushes, etc) are available from the Foredom
Electric company, Bethel Connecticut 06801 (USA) Phone:(203)
792-8622 , or you can contact them at www.foredom.com.They have a
comprehensive website and you can order online. Complete
maintenance kits contain a shaft, an oiler, grease , motor brushes
and an instruction manual all for $16-$18 (depending on model) plus
shipping charges of about $4 US and more outside the US. A good
tool and hardware dealer would probably carry the kits as well. Hope
this helps. Dee