Opening up the Baiardo

sman789

Rookie
My shop has one of the original Baiardos and the tension motor is dying out. It's making a ton of noise and will lock up every few pulls. The whole machine will become unresponsive and you have to do a power cycle.

Anyone know the process of removing the top cover to access the insides?

There's a YT video from Wilson showing how to remove/replace the motor but it starts with the cover off already.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Haven’t been down that road, so sorry to say I don’t have any experience to share. But looks like the video @kkm posted shows what needs to be done.
 

sman789

Rookie
The heart transplant is complete.That YT video makes it look like a cinch but it took a few mornings to complete. My wire layout is a little bit different, I think mine is an older design.

Popping out the old motor took a lot of elbow grease and there's one mounting bolt that's a pain to get at.
 

sman789

Rookie
Yeah the old motor was toast. I got to string 3 rackets on it immediately with no issue. It feels as good as new.
 

sman789

Rookie
Should have made a video of the process
I could always simulate the process in a video. I had to do this over the course of a few mornings starting at ~6 AM. If I would have made a video, it'd be scuffed with me being frustrated, tired and taking breaks because of my back aching from hunching over lol.
Did that machine get a lot of use to eventually cause motor to go bad?
It had near 8000 rackets strung and I estimate it's a decade old. I think that's a pretty good lifespan, grease/oil was seeping out of it.

The new motor was $300 for anyone wondering.
 

jim e

Legend
300 for the motor.
I remember a few months ago someone posted that they replaced a motor for their Babolat machine, and was told to use a windshield wiper motor, and said it replaced it perfect.
I wonder if motors would be the same across different brands as most likely not many suppliers of such a part.
 
I could always simulate the process in a video. I had to do this over the course of a few mornings starting at ~6 AM. If I would have made a video, it'd be scuffed with me being frustrated, tired and taking breaks because of my back aching from hunching over lol.

It had near 8000 rackets strung and I estimate it's a decade old. I think that's a pretty good lifespan, grease/oil was seeping out of it.

The new motor was $300 for anyone wondering.
Hi

Can you tell me where you got this motor? On the lookout for one.
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
You have to take out a majority of the bigger hex screws on the bottom of the machine and the tension head off to get the case off. There's also the difficulty of getting to the third screw that another poster mentioned. I bought a sort of reticulating bit driver that I could put a hex bit in and bend to get to the screw. I was able to get it out without it but could not get it back in. I think it was $10-20 off of Amazon. Realistically the motor replacement isn't terribly difficult but it will go easier with a 3rd hand for sure. I had to have my wife help me by holding the chain in place to get the gator clip back on when I was putting it back together. I couldn't hold tension on the chain and clip it back together at the same time. I would say once I figured out the issues unique to my machine (locked out to the right and had the set screw upside down) it was a pretty quick process. I could probably do another one in less than an hour with a second set of hands to help with getting the chain back on. It also only took one calibration once the motor was back in place to be back on within a tenth of a pound.

If you get stuck while doing it, just give JC a call. I thought I wasn't going to be able to get the old motor out based on the position of the tension head but he said it wasn't a problem and told me where to start.
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
I could always simulate the process in a video. I had to do this over the course of a few mornings starting at ~6 AM. If I would have made a video, it'd be scuffed with me being frustrated, tired and taking breaks because of my back aching from hunching over lol.

It had near 8000 rackets strung and I estimate it's a decade old. I think that's a pretty good lifespan, grease/oil was seeping out of it.

The new motor was $300 for anyone wondering.
8k is pretty impressive. Mine went out at 3900.
 
An update on our situation. Tried without luck to buy a motor. TM had 2 both reserved for warranty replacements. Tried contacting Wilson, no reply from them either by email or SM. Out of frustration got an electronic engineer to open up the machine. Found an issue with the carbon brush on the Puller motor. replaced it and the machine is working now. Took 8 hours to do the job. The error code was 001.
 
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