VPI BreakDown

MiddleDeanMiddleDean 68 Posts
edited May 2011 in Strut Central
My VPI 17 crapped out on me this morning. any one had this happen to them?
The vacuum shut down & brown smoke started blowin' out ...

any one had a simular problem & if so what did you do.

thanks T


  • MR_ZIMMSMR_ZIMMS 210 Posts
    Did you clean lmore than 15 or 20 records after each other without taking a pause?

  • MiddleDeanMiddleDean 68 Posts
    I don't think so...

    it was early in my pile.

    Honestly though i work that machine very hard. It probably cleans on average 80 to 100
    records a day.

    I have set on some blocks & I have a fan set up under it. When shut down in the past it was
    the platter that would stop not the vacuum.

    I have to do the above method because my 17 is a vintage one & it does not have the fan
    built into it.

    Has any one ever took one of these apart & fixed it themselves?

    thanks Tim

  • Jonny_PaycheckJonny_Paycheck 17,825 Posts
    I have had this happen before and I am certain it is an electrical short. Thankfully I didn't have to service the unit it just started working again after leaving it idle for a while. I think slapping it around helped too.

    Be careful of leaks from the tank. That's the culprit I think. It's easy to pop open the bottom of the unit and clean out the tank (or just have a look inside).

    Hope that helps.
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