Repair Andis SpeedMaster II motor

Preamble

Like the Andis SuperLiner, the SpeedMaster II is a 120V device, and as such, if you do not live in the United States then you will need a (step-down) voltage adapter. If plugged into a 240V source, it will fry the motor. This is what happened to mine. SO, instead of throwing it away, I decided to try to repair it.

Disassembly

Important: First unplug the shaver..!!!

Taking it apart was fairly straight forward, although after removing the two small screws at the rear of the underside, care should be taken when lifting the top off, as there are two delicate plastic clips at the front end of the top cover which can break easily, when removing the top side. I ended up breaking mine, and although, in the end it didn’t really matter (as the motor rewinding causes the top half of the case to no longer be flush with the underside, see below), some tape is required to keep the front end secured now.

The rest of it is pretty straightforward. Remove the two small screws for the mains cable retaining clip, and then the four larger screws which hold the motor coil in place. The motor coil body has a hold which acts as an axis for the clipper head magnet to rotate along – this will “unclip” easily but some force may be required to loosen it.

Pull out the moil coil unit, switch  and mains cable. You will probably see that the motor coil is clearly burn out, as it will smell. (Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of the damaged coil, before I got it repaired.

Now take it to somewhere that will do motor rewinds – explain that it was a 120V winding and that you require it to be rewound for a 240V specification. I had to wander around the Ban Mo district of Bangkok for a full two days before I could find someone who wanted to take the job on. There are a lot of people there who do rewinds for fan motors (predominately), but none of them wanted to rewind the clipper motor coil, basically because it was not a standard rewind, and they were only geared up to rewind well-known  brand’s fan motors. You will need to find someone who actually knows want they are doing, and who has an understanding of electrical engineering.

I was lucky enough to find someone on the edge of Ban Mo, and they charged me only 300 baht, of £6.They are located just off Charoen Krung road, in the corner of a small L shaped soi, that goes between Charoen Krung and Atsadang. Here is a photo, from Street view, of the soi, looking at it from Charoen Krung

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On the map, where the grey location pin is

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and zooming in

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So it is is a small L shaped soi, parallel to Ban Mo to the west.

Anyway, The gentleman in there told me to leave it with him for three days. When I went back, he had rewound the motor and it worked perfectly on 240V, without the need for an adapter.

However, the new rewinding was a little fatter than the previous 120V rewind and so the case did not fit perfectly flush when reassembled, with a small (less than) 1mm gap at the front. This was also due to the fact that the top half of the case had melted above the old motor coil, where one’s thumb would go, under the rubber insert in the top half of the case (which has Andis embossed upon it),

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due to the heat and had “dented” inwards, leaving less room than before. Still this is a small issue, which can be ignored, and some tape can be used to secure the case at the front if you feel that it is necessary.

Repair in Bangkok – details

The gentleman’s business card

 

The phone number is +66 (0)81-6829473

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