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Topic: Hottop problem (13 msgs / 233 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
I have a well used Hottop. As a matter of fact it is so well used that the 2
plastic pins that stop the metal cooling tray from spinning have completely
worn away. Now instead of the metal tray staying stationary and the cooling
vanes sweeping the hot beans over the cooling fan the vanes stay stationary
and the entire cooling tray rotates. Anyone have a similar problem?
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2) From: Barry Luterman
So far Duck Tape is doing the job. I sent a e-mail to Hottop haven't
received an answer yet
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3) From: Cameron Forde
Hi Barry,
My HT started to do that and there were a few roasts where I had to
hold the tray in place while it cooled.  Now I no longer worry about
lining up the "pins" with the holes in the tray and it rarely spins.
Seems to have solved the problem on its own.  Hopefully yours will do
the same.
Cameron
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4) From: Michael Mccandless
I failed to seat it once.
Beans everywhere - many stayed in the roaster.
If you email Michael at: "Hottop USA" 
he will help you.
Has been very helpful with any probs I have had.
McSparky
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5) From: Cameron Forde
And here I had been planning on getting some tabs welded to the sides
to block its rotation.  I always miss the easy solution.  Except when
the problem solves itself.
Cameron
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6) From: Barry Luterman
That happened about 6 mos ago when the pins eroded. Now it keeps spinning.
As I said I fixed it with Duck Tape. The new part is $40. Now comes the
decision am I a real man who can fix the world with Duck Tape or a citivied
wuss who needs my machine to look pristine.
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7) From: Barry Luterman
Some one on the list wrote me off list with his solution. I guess he wants
to remain anonymous. So I'll just repeat it here for the lists benefit. I
think it's a better solution than Duck Tape. I am just not the Duck Tape
kind of guy. I picture myself more like James Bond but have let myself get
as big as Barry Bonds. Any way here it is:
mine must be as old as yours. those plastic pins are just about worn
away and the tray will spin.
always thought it was a bad design, but an easy fix is just get a couple
of small spring clamps and
clamp the tray down on 2 sides. Its enough to keep tray from moving for
cooling cycle and easy to remove tray.
I thought about taking it apart and drilling and epoxing some screws for
new posts, but haven't had to.
hope this helps
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8) From: Michael Wade
Getting there.  Still holding but short and very worn.
I hadn't thought about a fix yet , but if replacement part not available, 
probably will drill out one pin and put in a metal one.  Maybe a roll pin? 
I don't have the roaster out to look at right now, may not be clearance to 
drill straight down.  Before complete disassembly to enable drilling, I 
might try bonding a replacement pin on with an adhesive.
Michael

9) From: Michael Mccandless
Velcro comes to mind.
A couple of 1/4" squares should be plenty.
McSparky
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10) From: John Fellowes
I've been using bungy cords, one on each side
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11) From: Floyd Lozano
I drilled 2 holes and attached a couple carriage bolts.  I then used
anchor chain to tie these to a couple concrete blocks which i drop
into a couple large buckets and fill with sand.  I then velcro these
to the patio and seal around the outside with Liquid Nails.  To
remove, I just lower the table underneath the hottop and this loosens
the cooling pan enough to get the beans out.
-F
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12) From: Kelly Wilson
Sounds like a really elegant solution. Could we see some pic?
k
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
Sounds like a very reasonable solution to me. One question, is the HotTop
table on hydraulics to lower and raise it? 
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