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My Mechanical Stage is broken
October 5, 2014
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So my M82ES Omax's mechanical stage can't move fully. I don't why. Since the arm of the scope is facing away from me the mechanical stage has difficulty moving towards me.

October 5, 2014
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Whatever you do not force it, if you do it will break.

If it is still under some sort of guarantee or you think the dealer would be sympathetic contact them first.

If not then try to find a repair/maintenance technician in your area.

They do exist, just a matter of finding one.

If there is a university or college near you, contact them, they will probably be using one.

good luck

October 6, 2014
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Your description "the arm of the scope is facing away from me the mechanical stage has difficulty moving towards me." indicates it is the "Y" motion that is difficult to move.

The OMAX mechanical stage is a simple device. Two racks and two pinions. There are no other moving parts.
Basic maintenance is a very thin coat of light lubricant  along the racks.

Remove the stage by unscrewing the holding bolt. When you look at the end of the "Y" arm you will see the end of the rack.
Use an eye dropper to put one or two drops of lubricant on the rack. Gently work the control knob until the rack is in its "0" position. A another drop of lubricant.

The rack should now move smoothly without undue force.

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October 7, 2014
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Well actually the Y axis Knob moves rather loosely and it doesn't move so is the problem and repair still the same or do I have to send it for repair.
And if yes what lubricant can I use or find in Edmonton.

October 7, 2014
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You have described a different problem than what I assumed.

Are your X -Y knobs coaxial or are they separate?

If separate, look for a small Allen set screw on the side of the knob.

If coaxial, then you have a bigger problem. Look at the stages in this link. It may be easier to replace the stage.

http://www.microscopenet.com/m…..89_58.html

 

Edmonton.   I am sure there is a Canadian Tire store nearby that stocks Permatex graphite lubricant.
stay away from aerosol sprays like WD40. It is hard to contain the overspray.

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October 8, 2014
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Okay how about I described my problem extremely accurately so we can this discussion.
My coaxial mechanical stage y axis knob moves the same. However while it can move back correctly, when moving towards me( because the arm is facing away from me) the movement is limited severely. Know here is my question is repairing just lubricating it or do I need to send it back for repair (because the warranty is in effect assuming that it applies when I bought it from Amazon).

October 8, 2014
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If the knob is difficult to turn (but does not block), then this could be an indicator that the lubrication oil has solidified. This can happen when the microscope is old (has not been lubricated recently) and/or if the oil collected dust over the years. It was a common problem with our educational microscopes, which were in operation 20+ years. In our case, the knob was difficult to turn in both directions, however. If this is the case, then the old oil must be remove and re-lubricated. As the microscope is new, I think the issue must be different, however. Check if other parts of the mechanical stage rub against each other (like the clips holding the slide), or maybe there is some dirt blocking something.

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Is it possible for you to remove the complete stage from your microscope?If so you may be able to check the underside to investigate if something has jammed the mechanism.

As this is a new microscope I can't think the cause,as Oliver says, would be solidified lubricant.

Have you at any time,when the movement has been sticking,forced the adjuster and by doing so the rack,which is probably made from plastic,has broken or become distorted?

The stage is not too difficult or complicated to repair provided nothing is broken beyond repair,but if you do attempt a repair you will void the manufacturers warranty

 

Good luck

Tony

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October 8, 2014
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Microman:

 

You state you are in Edmonton, your microscope is a new OMAX and you purchased it from Amazon.
Assuming it was purchased from Amazon.ca, the microscope was shipped from Microscopenet.ca in Kitchener, ON.

 

Amazon has a no questions asked, free shipping return policy.

Go to your orders page and check out the return options.

You can select the Defective/does not work option and elect to get your money back or a replacement.

Do not try to repair it yourself or have someone else repair it. That could possibly void your warranty.

Alternately, if you do not mind paying for shipping one way, you could return the microscope to:

http://microscopenet.ca/

United Scope Inc

C-54 Beasley Dr, Kitchener, ON N2E 1Y6

519-896-5880

Be aware, Microscopenet.ca has a 14 day no charge time limit for returns.

http://www.microscopenet.com/-i-4.html

 

Amazon.ca return options.
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