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Old 11-23-2008, 04:30 AM
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Default Small lathe job.

I have this steel shaft out of a washing machine timer that broke. I wasn't about too buy a new timer, and this is a perfect job for a lathe.

(1) Found another shaft that needed some modification.
(2) used a magnetic V-block in order too hold the broken shaft together and made some quick measurements.
(3,4) By coincidence I have some tool bits that already have angles that matched the cuts I needed to make. I just plunged straight in, full width cut.
(5) finished.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:35 AM
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In the timer assembly there is a spring clip that changes position when you pull the shaft or push in. that's to start or stop the washing machine.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:57 AM
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Sure looks like a poor design.

Good chining though.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:12 AM
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Sure looks like a poor design.

Good chining though.
That was my first thought also.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:24 AM
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Just to get an idea, How old is this?

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Old 11-23-2008, 11:58 AM
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Sure looks like a poor design.

Good chining though.
At least his was steel, the shaft in my washer timer is plastic, and has broken 3 times.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:58 PM
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Nice job, Saves the cost of a new washing machine!
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:11 PM
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Those timers are crazy expensive.
But when you think about it, they have more parts in them then the rest of the washer or dryer.
They wanted $80.00 for a replacment timer on on my sisters dryer.
I got a whole dryer off Creigslist for $40.00
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:48 PM
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Its a GE washer.
About 20 years old.

Over the years I have replaced the motor, rebuilt the two speed clutch, water pump and replaced about 5 timer knobs.
The motor was welded together so you could not just replace the bushings.
I just happen to have had old parts laying around for the major fixes, other wise it would have been junked 15 years ago.
It appears my fixes lasted longer then the original machine parts.

The main thing I hate about GE products is the new replacement parts cost about 10 times that of after market parts.
And their help phone line, the people are complete imbeciles.

When I priced the knob twenty years ago, they wanted about $20. the after market go for about $3.50.
Just replaced a light switch on a GE fridge and the same thing, $20 for the original and $3 for the after market.

I wasn't too thrilled about the design of the shaft but considering the rest of the timer is plastic it's Ok, looks more like they used cheap metal the way it broke.

The timer motor had all the insulating tape burned off it so I had too rewrap it.
It's on it's last leg, the new shaft will give me some time too look for another machine. Creigslist I think, but not a GE.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:35 PM
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G, next time you're in town give me a call & I'll take you by First Source & introduce you to Jim Tupper. He can save you lots of money on most parts, GE or otherwise.

If you need replacement units, we'll go over to Manuel's & Manny'll sell you a like-new pair for $250-$300 so be sure to bring your trailer. You can meet Duke the security guard too; I always take along some chewies for him.

I wish everyone could meet the gang at Manny's. They are a hoot.
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