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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:50 am 
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Hi. Well, I dug into my VistaPop I bought (finally) yesterday. The stir motor, though not locked up won't turn and the fan motor I am having to have taken apart. The wire insulation going into the motor is totally wore off into the motor itself. I am not so worried about the motors, as much as I am about the heater for the popcorn. I understood the VistaPop to have a blow heater to warm the popcorn. We found one in the top of the machine with the fan motor (asbetos covered). Too both me and my master electrician, it looks like the air that goes from the heater is blown out the top of the machine (to the outside of the machine). There is a centrifugal blower (very small squirrel cage blower is what I would call it), and the way they are all setup it should blow out of the machine not into it. So is there another heater in the bottom of the machine that blows the heated air to the popcorn? He took the fan and stirrer motors to his workshop to see about fixing them, as soon as I get them back I will take pics. He said that the screws came out easily, they were well greased. Suggested using stainless steel screws when we replace the fans. I am going to do a small restoration job. Cleaning is mostly what this machine needs except the bottom panels were painted and they did a sloppy job.

Any help would be appreciated about the heater question. Thanks, Dan


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