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Yoke tab, Kirby Tradition, welded
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Post# 402186   12/8/2018 at 13:25 by scudo (uk)        

Ok so after trying to make an insert I then found a local welder who welded a piece of bar approx the same thickness as the broken tab, took him a couple of minutes and free of charge. (nice man :-)

I then cut to size and then filed by hand, drimel and bench grinder.
This got me a good enough fit to put it all back together again and have a working spring loaded handle.

The images give an idea of the process.

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Post# 402218 , Reply# 1   12/9/2018 at 03:30 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Hey that's nice!

I mean I have a welding machine, so that's what I would've done. Good on you for fixing it.

Post# 402605 , Reply# 2   12/14/2018 at 20:17 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Scudo that is very impressive. I bet it's much stronger than original.
Madmen a welder machine huh. I've not heard of that invention. If you're being serious I apologize in advance.

Post# 402615 , Reply# 3   12/15/2018 at 00:37 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Les, I'm being serious. What else would be used for welding?

I'm a mechanic, I weld a lot of exhaust pipes.

Were you thinking of brazing? Because that's different.

Post# 402622 , Reply# 4   12/15/2018 at 08:29 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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That is a LOT of work and hassle for a part that costs $2. Can I ask why you simply didn't buy a new one? In my life, I've changed hundreds of them when I worked at my vacuum repair shop.

Post# 402630 , Reply# 5   12/15/2018 at 10:07 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I was meaning a welding machine. I've never heard a welder called a machine. I've heard of might welding spot welding but ive never heard of a welding machine. I don't have a welder.

Post# 402643 , Reply# 6   12/15/2018 at 15:04 by scudo (uk)        

......"That is a LOT of work and hassle for a part that costs $2. Can I ask why you simply didn't buy a new one? In my life, I've changed hundreds of them when I worked at my vacuum repair shop".........

In the first instance I always try and repair things, just my nature.
Secondly the part is not readily available in the UK I have tried, so to get from America with postage is around 20 ($25)

Post# 402662 , Reply# 7   12/15/2018 at 23:46 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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"A welder" = "welding machine"

Just semantics. :P

Post# 402703 , Reply# 8   12/16/2018 at 18:31 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Madman touche. I also have asked people about welding aluminum. I have been told it's one of the hardest metals to weld. I also hear you have to be quite good at welding. I imagine a muffler shop or body shop could. But fans are balanced and weld weight could be different offsetting balance.
I asked but answers seemed more hassle and money than I care to spend.
If anyone reads this has welded a fan how did it come out.
Not an owner of a welder machine but I have a solder machine. I looked and I have flux core. I called my friend a plumber who soldered copper piping in my basement. He explained the flux to me. I learned up and will continue to only use flux solder.

Post# 402724 , Reply# 9   12/16/2018 at 22:16 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

A fan can be welded carefully but the correct welding rod is needed and it would need to be re-balanced before use. Ever see holes drilled in motor rotors or vacuum fans? They are done to remove material for balancing.

BTW, NOT a 'solder machine'. :o)
Typically a 'machine' will have multiple moving parts do do its intended function. A vacuum has been called a 'suction machine' long ago. A welder could have moving parts inside, say if it is a wire-feed or such. A soldering iron or torch have no moving parts, so not a machine.
English is a funny language, ain't it!

Post# 402769 , Reply# 10   12/17/2018 at 18:45 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I Know there's no solder machine. I was joking since he mentioned a welder as a machine. You could call a vacuum an electric broom or even a garbage disposal for dust. You can even drive a vacuum well the Billy goat mower vacuum. Ya I'm not great at English. I can spell that's I it. Thanks for Kirby guy tip.

Post# 402783 , Reply# 11   12/18/2018 at 00:29 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I've never welded aluminum, though I would like to learn. I know a couple guys who have the equipment and on occasion they weld broken aluminum car parts for me. Like transmission cases.

Second on kirbyguy's statement. It would simply be a matter of balancing, which is easy. I've balanced my aluminum fan blade already, because half of it had been sitting in water for a long time and lost a lot of weight on one side.

Post# 402825 , Reply# 12   12/18/2018 at 19:52 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Balancing isn't hard. I've done a little tire busting rotating and balancing. I never thought about it with fans. It's good to know it's not rocket science.

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