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Vulcanizer woes


#1

Hi Everyone,

I have a vulcanizer which has TWICE blown its bottom element and
this is a very rarely used vulcanizer. I had huge difficulties
getting the part to repair it four years ago and hold out no hope for
getting it now.

The top plate works fine. I recall the first time it broke down I
managed to finish a mold by flipping it mid way through the process.
I figure that’s what I’ll have to do again. But I hope to be less
ad-hoc this time around. Does anyone have advise or experience with
this? I am wondering if I should go with the regular time and temp or
reduce the temp and extend the time. Any insight would be
appreciated.

I don’t have the model number here as the cursed thing is still at
the repair shop but it’s the Grobet Standard Vulcanizer with dual
plate thermostats in blue with a welded square frame. It’s long been
discontinued but if anyone has experience fixing the beast I’d be
interested in that as well.

Thanks,
Laurie


#2

Hi Laurie:

I have an ancient Romanoff vulcanizer I call ‘shorty’. Guess why…
At this point, I’ve replaced/rebuilt/remanufactured every part of
the blasted thing except the steel frame. I keep it out of sheer
cussedness.

I’m working on a story about it for my website. I’m calling it ‘the
rime of the ancient vulcanizer’. That give you some sense of how much
fun I’ve had with this thing?

(No slight to Romanoff: the thing’s 40 years old, and built like a
tank. It just came out of a Providence manufacturer who worked it to
death for 30 of those years. Failures after that sort of life are no
reflection on initial quality. The other reason I keep it is that now
that I’ve replaced the guts, it’s still built like a tank. With new
guts. So it’s good for another 30-40.)

Shoot me some details on what your failures are, and I can probably
help you fix them. If you have the old hand wound heating elements
that look like (and are) nichrome wire wrapped around sheets of mica,
be prepared to replace them, to the tune of $200+ Most other things
(except the thermostats) are reasonably cheap.

Regards,
Brian Meek


#3

Hi Laurie

I have had to replace an element in my vulcanizer in the past. I
obtained the element and control from a restaurant equipment supply
company. The part was relatively inexpensive, and worked just fine.

Good Luck
Dave


#4

If you can find the element specifications you might be able to get
new one made up by some like Duralite (www.duralite.com). Maybe just
contact them and tell them what you know and they might have
something off the shelf that will do the job.

Just one option; I’m sure there are others.

Cheers, Thomas.
Janstrom Designs.