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  1. #1
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    Pulling gear motor headache

    A leaking auger shaft seal on a Follett Horizon Ice Machine is not a problem, I have done it before, except this time the gear motor would not come off the auger. I called the factory and they sold me a puller. Using the factory puller it pushed the bearing about 5/8 inch in, braking the back of gear box and the gear grease poured out. The puller bolts stripped out of the gear box, but the auger never moved out of the bearing. I called the factory and they told me to cut the auger behind the gear box. Also they told me it’s out of warranty and you will need to buy a new auger, and gear motor. The gear motor is history, but is there some way to save the brass auger?
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    leaky and fused parts usually mean never get a good seal after for auger shafts. Might try a 4" grinder and start going to town
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    just replace entire assembly

    Just replace entire assembly be done with it. Don't bother trying to save that auger, it is grooved or marred I bet & it will still be a thorn in your side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbillr View Post
    Just replace entire assembly be done with it. Don't bother trying to save that auger, it is grooved or marred I bet & it will still be a thorn in your side.
    That auger and gear motor is very expensive.

  5. #5
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    This machine is only five years old and auger seal is leaking. I wonder how many guys out there has worked on these and had auger pulling problems?
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  6. #6
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    Never had an auger pulling problem with having done quite a few of them. As long as you pull the pin/cutter head and remove the bolts, the heavy sucker slides right out.
    To actually use a puller with enough force to crack the gearmotor case, wow.
    Bob and Phil are always a great help, when needed.

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