• WELCOME Grumblers
    Backup is now done at 3PM EDT. You may find the server down for up to two minutes at that time.

Wizard 8000 Foot Push Piston/Valve

Aussie

Grumbler in Training
Any thoughts on getting a replacement part for the ?piston which resides in the depth control knob on the cutting head.
The old one is leaking air and not pushing down the blade.
My supplier wants me to buy the whole cutting head for US $5000, last year it was the control unit for US $3000 (I think the $20 transformer had gone).
Anyways just wondering on what your thoughts are..
Cheers!
 
Sponsor Wanted

JFeig

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
All the pneumatic parts (pistons and valves) can be replaced with generic parts from any local pneumatic supply house. Just take off the part you want a replacement and take that part to them for a replacement part.
 

Aussie

Grumbler in Training
Hi JFeig. Thanks for the advice!!
The part seems to be sealed and has a large screw thread on the outside ( to fit into the depth adjustment ) so... maybe hard to get generically. Have you had experience replacing this part?
Personally I want to pull it apart ( it's a sealed unit) and see if I could rebuild it, I'm sure there's nothing much too it. But its the typical problem of shutting production down while I fiddle.
My local dealer says buy a new Wizard 9000z but charging $5000 for a new head and last years $3000 for control unit leaves an extremely bad taste and I worry after warranty's out in two years I'm back to possibly pumping BIG dollars into an ageing machine.
 

JFeig

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
If it is under warranty, why do they want to charge you $5,000? Other that it is the easy way out for them.
Ask a local shop that repairs pneumatic equipment for an estimate.
It is like getting a second opinion before you have brain or heart surgery.

Yes, i have repaired a foot valve from a double miter saw by replacing the o-rings and not that specific Wizard 9000 head.
 

Aussie

Grumbler in Training
Thanks JFeij. Like I said its a sealed unit as in they have probably glue two parts together and then machine ground/lathed the parts down so you cant even tell where to start pulling apart. So you have the dilema of trying to get it apart and wrecking it. Im sure someone could build one from scratch (inc me if I had a lathe and mill) but this is a bit of an unknown. I have found a tech who may have the part... So fingers you crossed.
 

Aussie

Grumbler in Training
Bought a new Valiani. Needed other work to the Wizard 8000, so time to call it quits on a great 2nd machine. Unfortunately Wizard lost my loyalty with trying to charge $5000 for a $250 part (I would have paid $800). I would have felt better if they said it was not available than them trying hold me to ransom out of my desperation for a working machine. Cheers
 
Sponsor Wanted
Top