Idler broke off

I went to clean the fan and while removing the belt the idler (I think that’s what it’s called) just crumbled right off. Is there a quick fix??? I was considering gluing it on until I can get one from GF but the last time something broke it took over a month. I just don’t want to do anything to break the machine.

If you remove the whole assembly before glueing, there’s probably not much harm in trying. It may affect the x-axis accuracy a little (I assume you’re talking about the one on the right side of the gantry, not either of the two on the Y-axis rails…)

I’d use an epoxy resin.

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Okay, I’m going to try. I’m so freaked out. I can’t be without a machine!

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I seem to remember that the Andromeda Strain caused plastics to dissolve. Not saying this is related to the recent rash of broken wheels. Then again, it’s 2020…


Will GF contact me because of this post to send me a new idler? I haven’t heard anything. Last time I had a wheel break it took four weeks to get it so I’m hoping this will be faster. I’m so close to buying a second machine but the fact that when something goes wrong it takes forever is really the only thing holding me back right now.

Yes. Posting here opens a support ticket. They will respond, typically in a business day - so I would expect some time today.

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Hello @shunamanda, I see you also emailed us about this issue and we’ve responded to you there, so I’m going to close this topic.