Calling all Baiardo experts

am1899

Hall of Fame
Went into work today and immediately noticed the turn table is binding - not rotating smoothly like it should. Feels like something is caught in there, but a cursory look with a flashlight did not reveal anything. Is there a bushing in there that can go bad? Anybody know which hex screws to remove to remove the turn table and check if there is anything caught in there? I tried locking the brake and then unlocking it - to see if it was sticking. No joy. Maybe the brake needs to be adjusted? Asked my coworker about it and they commented that they noticed it - that it just suddenly became that way, with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Anybody got any ideas? @Herb? @SavvyStringer? @uk_skippy? Thanks!
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
First thing I would do is remove the turntable. This will allow you to narrow down the part causing problems. As soon as the table is off you can check the table brake. There are 4 rubber pads that, maybe one has come loose and causing it to catch. Then you can check the axle. If it is binding you may have something that caught in it, or maybe even the friction brake.


 

am1899

Hall of Fame
@Herb removed the turn table. Nothing obvious in terms of debris causing the issue. Cleaned nonetheless and reassembled. No dice.

Removed turn table again. Removed all brake pads. Reassembled. Still binds.

Removed turn table a third time. Spun the axle by hand. Seems to operate smoothly. Don’t have proper tools with me to remove the friction brake to inspect. In spite of it moving smoothly by hand, I’m suspecting the friction brake may have given up the ghost.
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
I haven't experienced anything like what you mentioned above with any of the 3-4 Baiardo's I've used. I know it seems dumb and you probably already checked it, but its not that little flip switch on the underside of the table that changes the friction so that it doesn't just wildly spin when the machine is tilted is it? Its on the left side of the machine under the table and it flips up or down depending on if you want some resistance on the turn table so that it doesn't just spin when the machine tilts.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I haven't experienced anything like what you mentioned above with any of the 3-4 Baiardo's I've used. I know it seems dumb and you probably already checked it, but its not that little flip switch on the underside of the table that changes the friction so that it doesn't just wildly spin when the machine is tilted is it? Its on the left side of the machine under the table and it flips up or down depending on if you want some resistance on the turn table so that it doesn't just spin when the machine tilts.
Yup I gotcha @SavvyStringer - the lever for the friction brake. My best guess now is someone flipped that switch and nobody noticed. I’ve pretty much ruled out something caught in there causing the binding...and the friction brake seems to work as it should, depending on the lever setting.

Still, when the the friction brake is set to off...to me the turn table still seems to stop prematurely when spun. Maybe it’s just in my head. Ya know, my wife tells me I’m nuts all the time. Maybe I should start listening.
 

Bsaikit

New User
Hello,
Does anyone know what the two male screws are for at the base of the Baiardo? I can’t see anything that came with the machine that is suppose to go on there...



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Bsaikit

New User
Ah of course ..I did notice when assembling but didn’t click to me that it was that..I thought it was for perhap a reel stand.


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