A few weeks ago, I asked several questions about lubricating my New Day Timer to make it last longer and had a lot of useful input, one of which was getting rid of the hard copper timer brush and replacing it with a timer brush made out of an old carbon generator brush. I thought I had one with which to make a brush for my New Day Timer, but I have been unable to find it anywhere. Is there anyone who has an old carbon generator brush they can spare? If so, please send to:
1280 S. Swearingen Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
I will sure appreciate it as it will save me from having to buy a set of new brushes.
Would it be best to use, as a pattern, the copper brush that is on my New Day Timer now? I thought I read somewhere that it would work better, if it was angled slightly. Also, that it would be best to use a weaker ballpoint pen spring, as the spring that comes with the New Day Brush, applies too much tension. Any tips you can provide will be appreciated. Jim Patrick
Some hardware stores have carbon motor brushes. They would likely be in the section with the pull out drawers of various assorted items.
It is very easy with a bigger carbon brush to file it to a smaller size. Just take one with the good connection and adjust it to the right size with a file or emery paper.
Generally speaking you have two kinds of brush for car: one for starter with a lot of copper added to carbon and soft, one for dynamo only carbon and harder, take the last one.
The Ace Hardware store down the street from me has electric motor and generator repair parts in bins as Hal mentions. You might look to see if there is an Ace near you. They also carry slot head brass screws and other brass hardware.
The problem with a carbon brush is trying to keep it in the brush holder while installing the timer!
Jim -- Try to find someone in your area who rebuilds starters and generators. They should have a wide selection of brushes.
An old large brush from a generator works just fine. No need to buy anything. Larry, If you drill a hole and insert a pin like the original brush the brush will not pop out.
Thanks for the idea Glen. Jim Patrick