I have a two to three year old Foredom Tx series flex shaft that is
not working and I would like to do all I can to fix it before I send
it in for repairs. I work with metals only in my limited spare time,
so the machine has not gotten extensive use during the time since I
The issue is one of power: the machine is not getting any. It makes
no noise at all when I attempt to use it (and I have verified that I
am using a working power source and that plugs are secure!), and the
motor did not stop working when I was using it. I just went to use
it one day, and it was not functioning.
I have checked the motor brushes, and they are barely worn,
certainly not anywhere near needing to be replaced. I have looked at
(and taken apart) the footspeed control to see whether it may be the
issue, but nothing about it looks unusual, at least to my untrained
I have several ideas about what might have caused my problem: first,
I have on several occasions inadvertently stepped on the footspeed
control when I was not using the flex shaft and made it spin madly.
It is possible that I did this since the last time I used the
machine successfully; could I have accidently damaged the motor in
this way? And if so, is there anything I can do about it?
And second, I admit that I had not relubricated the shaft since I
purchased the machine. But, if I have used the machine for more than
50 hours, it would not be by much. Could my lapse in maintenance
procedures have caused the machine to stop working so abruptly, or
would I have heard some indication of motor malfunctioning first?
Again, if this is the issue, can I do anything about it?
And finally, though I do not think that this is the issue, when I
found that the machine was not working, I also noticed that one of
the screws that holds the motor to the bracket it hangs from had
worked its way loose and the motor was hanging not insecurely (the
bracket is strong) but a bit to one side. I found the screw and even
with it back in, the machine is not working. Anything here?
Of course I realize there may be other issues, and I would greatly
appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!