...No, not me, but with the machine which links me to my nickname here!
Problem is: I daily use a Bremshey Orbit Competition Crosstraining machine. I have recently given it a full service, greased all points, torque settings etc.
I was given the all clear to start using it again at low levels a couple of weeks ago, but (and here is the problem)
The tension controller circuit board has gone. The company no longer supply the parts for this machine (circa 2000) so I can't find a new board to effect the required repair. The board in question is located under the front left hand cover of the machine, and is a simple "swap out" replacement.
Anyone know where I might put my hands on one (new or secondhand) ?
Why do I ask? Many years ago when front loading washing machines were the latest thing - our Hoover ceased to work. Went to shop whence it came and here they shrugged it off as 'Sorry don't know anything about them- cant help you' So nothing for it be to have a go my self. Took back off and found straight away a big burn in a circuit board. Then I had a brainwave- In my perambulations around the Tottemham Court Road area of London - I frequently passed the showroom window of Mullard the electronics firm - there they had a display of bits and pieces they made for Hoover with a Washing machine in the Window. So I took the part in, and asked the guy- 'got anything like this?' He took me to the window - pulled a piece off the display - whereby we examined it- it looked sort of like it except it was a hand made piece and the polarity was reversed. Take it he said give it a whiz. So I did- remembering to reverse the polarity when plugging it in. That machine Fired up and continued for a number of years until its motor died. So the moral/question is- does stuff change that much in this type of thing? If they no longer keep parts for your exact model what about the next one? -
Sadly, the manufacturer has "Merged" with another well known company, and spares are incompatible. I don't want to bin a perfectly good machine if I don't have to. I'm sure that someone will know, or have one sitting in a garage somewhere :)