Why Isn't My Cable Machine Feeding Properly?

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Why Isn't My Cable Machine Feeding Properly?

It’s frustrating — for some reason your Model 1065 just won’t feed out its cable. 

You’ve already checked the usual suspects (the power feed, the inner drum assembly, whether or not your cable is kinked) but none of these solve the problem. No matter how much you fight it, the drum just doesn’t spin or spins hard as your cable binds up against it, keeping your machine out of the field and costing you time and money. 

 What else could be to blame? The answer could be as simple (and as small) as a single screw.

Small part, big job

Spartan Tool recently had two customers in the space of one week experiencing this issue with their Model 1065 drain cable machines. Upon inspection, it was determined that the problem was due to a part replacement both customers had recently performed.

After losing the hex head screw that secures the drum assembly during routine maintenance, both customers had used new screws slightly longer than the factory originals (the factory original is sized 5/16-18 by 5/8 inch). A slightly longer screw will end up making contact with the back of the slot it rides in, and consequently restrict the free movement of the machine's internal drum assembly. Even an extra 1/8 inch is enough to stop the drum from rotating properly and feeding out cable. (Schematics are available in the Model 1065 manual, starting on page 22.)

The take-away from these two customers’ experiences is that even the smallest parts are vital to the proper functioning of your cable machine. Hopefully, sharing this information with you on an otherwise easily overlooked part can save you future headaches and keep your Model 1065 running Spartan-tough, 24/7.

Spartan Tool makes part replacement easy

Not sure how to get your hands on the correct replacement parts for your drain cleaning machine? Here are two easy options:

1. Check out SpartanTool.com – The website makes it easy to find replacement parts by the assemblies listed in your owner’s manual. (Lost your owner’s manual? Click here.) Use the manual to find the part number you need. Live Chat is also available during business hours to help you with any questions you may have.

2. Get in touch with your local territory manager or contact customer service at 800-435-3866. As this hex head screw proves, no problem is too small or too big for Spartan Tool. They are more than happy to assist you with identifying the correct replacement parts.


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