Copyright © 1995-2022 Michael P. Murray & Mike's Clock Clinic Mike's Clock Clinic Memberships: NAWCC P. O. Box 562 1151 D Street Fossil, OR 97830-0562 Phone: 541-370-2440Respectfully, Michael P. Murray Memberships Include: National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors An Internet private E-mailing list called Clocksmiths N.A.W.C.C. National 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 A service from, E-mail address: Mike@telechron.us Mike Murray Founder of Clocksmiths A specialist in Atmos and 400-day clock repair. Also, I overhaul most plug in electric clocks. In continuous service since 04/01/1982. Mike's Clock Clinic Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC P. O. Box 562 1151 D Street Fossil, OR 97830-0562 Phone: 541-370-2440 My main Web site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/ Main FTP site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/earthpdf.html Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC N.A.W.C.C. International 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 Published in Chapter 168's "Torsion Times" Published in AWCI's "Horological Times" Formally AWCI's 400-day (Anniversary) clock Bench Course Instructor!
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Kit Cat International Register Clock Motor. (WB-2080) & (WG-500)
My business is rebuilding your original motor, when possible. I am able to rebuilt all Kit-Cat International Register motors WB-2080 and the Intermatic WG-500 motor. As far as I'm aware these were the only two motors they used. The above Intermatic image (lower image) is next another WG motor to its left, to give you an idea of size and is smaller as compared to the upper picture of the new Synchron motor (see below). All of these motors cost $150.00 plus $20.00 priority mail (Canada is $45.00) and have a 2-year warranty, which brings your total cost to $170.00. On the WB-2080, I'd much rather replace than rebuild. The Hansen Motor Corp. now makes a replacement Synchron motor with the plastic driving pinion, pictured on top, for the Kit Cat clock. You may have to manipulate it a bit to install but it will fit and work well. On these new motors, you should be award that they run very hot. Nothing I can do about that but they are new motors. They would not pass my heat test mentioned in the next paragraph. Also they are .18″ higher or thicker if you will. The length and width are the same as is the alignment of the holes but they are .18″ higher, and it will fit, just be aware that you will have less space to install. The back cover of your Kit-cat will no longer be flush but the back will go on. Once on the wall you would have to look for it to notice it. The Intermatic motor WG-500 is no longer available but if the internal coil is still good, then I should be able to rebuild it. If I cannot then it is returned at no charge but there must be continuity in the coil, so please test it before you send it. I do NOT work on or deal with any battery operated clock. If you want to send in the clock for motor rebuilding or replacement, please be advised that your costs will increase by $85.00 with everything else staying the same. The increase covers the increase in return shipping and insurance and includes my labor charge of $50.00 for the replacement service. Please remove the tail before you send the clock to my Clinic. Overhaul the Kit-Cat clock motor $150.00 Labor and cleaning of movement $50.00 Return shipping and handling $50.00 Total $250.00 (This has a 1/2 2-year warranty on the motor only, meaning $75.00 back if it fails and your motor would have to pass both the continuity and heat test which they rarely do.) or Replace the Kit-Cat clock motor $300.00 Labor and cleaning of movement $50.00 Return shipping and handling $50.00 Total $400.00 (This has a full 2-year warranty on the motor only) The above assumes you ship the entire clock and does not include a warranty on the movement (mechanism) because that may need to be overhauled as well. Most times the movement does not need to be overhauled but if it did then you're looking at an additional $300.00 for a possible total of $500.00 or $650.00 (labor and cleaning is part of the overhaul charge, so the $50.00 is dropped), then the movement would have the same 2-year warranty as the motor. My turnaround is 4 to 6 weeks for motor service, 6 to 8 months if the clock is sent with the motor, or if the movement is overhauled. I no longer offer expedited service. I'll not ship the motor until I received payment. I accept personal checks, certified checks, or company checks for payment but repeat customers may use personal checks. Normally shipping takes place one week or so after I receive payment and thanks! If you use a personal check then please allow 10 days before shipping to allow the check to clear. I must have the old Intermatic motor because I have none of the of the WG-500 in stock.
One thing you can do before you send in the Intermatic motor is to take a Multi-meter or Volt/Ohm meter, these are less than $10.00 at any hardware store, and with no current on the motor, set the meter to Ohms and touch the two leads to the end of the wires or the posts where the wires connect and see if you get a reading. Just about any reading is a good one. But if you get no reading what-so-ever then the motor's coil is dead and I cannot repair your motor. You should still send it in because I may have a source for the nearly identical motor. If you get a reading, then plug it in for at least 24 hours and see how hot the motor gets. If you can hold it with your fingers for 10 seconds without being burned then the coil would be good enough to rebuilt the motor around it. If you can't then it's not rebuildable because there are too many shorts in the coil and the motor would not have enough torque to last or perhaps not run at all. If you don't want to test it with current, then I'll be happy to and do that right off when the motor is received, so you'll know what we're dealing with.
For return shipping I use USPS for all shipping. If you want to use another carrier then you will have to arrange everything for shipping, meaning I hand the box to the driver, get a receipt and nothing else.
If, for any reason, I cannot rebuild your motor or I cannot salvage an exact substitute, then I'll return your motor at no charge what-so-ever.
Please do not send any money or check with the clock. I would like payment by, certified check, personal check, business check, or through Pay Pal or Square, which is the only way I take credit cards. I do prefer a check over Pay Pal or Square because Pay Pal and Square take 3%. The 3% is added to the total bill if you use a credit card. With either Pay Pal or Square, I will send an invoice to your E-mail address. Here you are dealing directly with either service and not me. You do not have to be a member of Pay Pal or Square in order to issue a payment but the 3% will be added to your total bill. All of the added fees are exactly what either service charges me for taking your credit card.
My main Web site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/ Main FTP site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/earthpdf.html