roaster maintenance

Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage

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The squirrel cage is not really a cage for putting squirrels in, but acts as a industrial strength fan blade that draws the airflow through your roaster.
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I am one that does't typically believe everything I hear. Even if the roaster is making some crazy sounds and I think I might know what is going on, it never hurts to have someone else lend an ear. In this case, I came close to spending cash on a motor when in fact it only needed to be inspected closely. A high pitched squeal accompanied by a serious repetitive knocking sound was coming from the motor on the L12. My first reaction was to replace the motor and be done with it.

L12: Finding my Bearings

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Sharing and documenting how I replaced the rear bearing in our Probat L12. I would love to hear your stories and experiences with your roaster too!
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Getting started with a new (to me) roaster means I have to get down and dirty with it before I get too deep in production. It is a good idea that I get well acquainted with the rig as I ease into it. Even if you have had experience with a similar make and or model, there is bound to be at least some differences from roaster to roaster. I assume that somebody before me has done some modifications or "duct tape jobs" to keep the thing rollin'. I have had the opportunity to work on larger roasters (60 & 120 kilo), but this is my first time for me with taking apart a 12 kilo machine.