Meatgistics: Replacing a Gearbox for Walton's Stuffer

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    Meat Hacks: Replacing a Gearbox for Walton's Stuffer

    Learn how to replace a gearbox for a Walton's Stuffer with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    Learn how to replace a gearbox for a Walton’s Stuffer?
    The first thing you are going to do is remove the canister from the base. Then you are going to unscrew the piston from the arm. Now you want to unscrew the four screws on the bottom of the housing and remove that plate. Next you remove the arm through the bottom of the gear housing, once it is cranked all the way down it should come out fairly easily if you pull it towards the back of the machine. Next you want to unscrew the 4 screws the side without the handle, these are metric bolts so you will want to use 14mm socket or wrench. You want to remove the bolts on the side without the handle, before you unscrew the two bolts on the side with the handle you will want to hold the gear box from the bottom, it normally will not fall out by itself but better safe than sorry. Now you pull the gear housing down and away from the side with the handle, the housing should come out fairly simply.

    To replace this you will put the new gearbox in the same way you took the old one out but only loosely tighten the bolts back down to make it easier to make any adjustments later. Put the screws back in on the side and the bottom of the housing and then put the arm back up through the bottom. Now you want to check a few things before you go any further. You want the two small attachments for the handle to be as evenly centered in their holes as possible, if they are out of whack this can cause some grinding between the gears and the arm. So once your holes are centered check to make sure your arms is coming out the top in the center of that hole as well. If not loosen the bolts further and make adjustments by pushing or pulling the bolts that the crank attaches to until everything is centered. Now tighten everything back down and you are good to get back to making sausages!

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