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Peter O'Grady
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 - posted June 17, 2012 12:11 PM      Profile for Peter O'Grady   Email Peter O'Grady   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi All,

This is my first post here. I'm new to the 8mm world. I recently got my hands on a Bolex M8R. It is in need of repair and was wondering if anyone could help. There is a capacitor that is attached to the mains and the motor that needs to be replaced.
If anyone is familiar with this projector could they possible direct me to a replacement?
The values on the cap are 0.2 + 2 x 0.0012 uf. To me it looks like three caps in one (1 x 0.2 uf and 2 x 0.0012 uf caps). I have no idea how these are connected internally.

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The problem is that the motor is racing. Any advice on getting this beauty back in action would be very much appreciated.

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Rob Watson
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 - posted June 18, 2012 11:24 AM      Profile for Rob Watson   Email Rob Watson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thats the motor noise suppression capacitor. It is there to stop the motor interfering with other electrical equipment. Its clearly dead. You can replace it with a three lead motor supression capacitor or you can simply disconnect it. It wont make any difference to the projector. I'm not an expert so dont quote me on it, but this looks like a suitable replacement.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/delta-suppression-filter-501



The M8 gets very hot. The motor and lamp run at 120v and the european 240v supply is dropped to 120v by a huge coiled resistor behind the voltage selection panel. To prevent the projector overheating there is a mechanism which prevents the motor from falling below a certain speed. If you turn the speed knob down too low the motor will alternately slow down and race as the speed control mechanism cuts in and out.

Rob

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Peter O'Grady
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 - posted June 18, 2012 03:09 PM      Profile for Peter O'Grady   Email Peter O'Grady   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I really appreciate your help. Sure enough, when I turned the speed control up a little, the projector was as smooth as silk. I'm very green when it comes to projectors, this is my first delve into 8mm!

I'll order that suppression filter and replace it. Thanks again for the help!

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Rob Watson
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 - posted June 19, 2012 06:36 AM      Profile for Rob Watson   Email Rob Watson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well I'm very glad that was useful.

As you will have found out, the M8 is noisy but it becomes a lot quieter and runs more smoothly after a thorough oiling. There are a couple of oiling points on the top of the machine but you can really get to the innards by taking off the side which holds the lamphouse door. You'll then see that the front oiling point connects to a wick which carries oil to various bits of the machine. That wick will absorb quite aa lot of fresh oil before it gets overloaded....

Rob

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Peter O'Grady
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 - posted June 19, 2012 12:48 PM      Profile for Peter O'Grady   Email Peter O'Grady   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've taken apart and cleaned the internals. Oiled and polished the lense (it was filthy!). It made a big difference to the lamp brightness. All I need to do now is get some film!

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James Davies
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 - posted January 22, 2013 04:04 PM      Profile for James Davies   Email James Davies   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi

Just wanted to say thank you for the questions and answers in this thread.

Bought an M8 yesterday, got it home, plugged it in and it went bang! Discovered it was the capacitor that had gone, did a search on the Internet and found this thread.

Removed the cap and the projector ran fine, today I bought and fitted a new cap and it is still working fine. Got the cap from Maplin as recommended.

Once again thank you.

Regards,

James

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Rolf Maag
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 - posted January 03, 2019 01:17 PM      Profile for Rolf Maag   Author's Homepage   Email Rolf Maag   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi
I might have the same problem, (motor not running)
what do I have to open to access to the cap?
(I tried to unscrew but with no success)

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