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How to tension the spinner belt on a Hoovermatic
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Post# 537310   8/16/2011 at 08:57 (4,623 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Afternoon all,

Can someone guide me through this process please?

Thanks, James.

Post# 537311 , Reply# 1   8/16/2011 at 09:02 (4,623 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        
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I don't think you really do, there are 2 bolts at the base of the pulley that can be adjusted, but it will cause the spinner to be cocked to one side. Usually when there is slippage of that belt it's time to replace.


Post# 537314 , Reply# 2   8/16/2011 at 09:27 (4,623 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Well luckily I have spare belts.

Unfortunately I've moved both the motor and the mount have been moved. What is the proper position?

Post# 537378 , Reply# 3   8/16/2011 at 14:07 (4,623 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        

hi James,

lovely machine you've got, to tension the spinner belt just slacken off the three nuts on the motor mounts ( which are in slots) and slide the motor back you only need hand pressure on the motor, so the belt is just tight enough, so that you don't get the slip on start up.

I ment to add my penneth to you rinsing thread, in my opinion the aim is to just saturate the load and spin off the suds several times, rather than to start filling up the outer tub, anyway the machine is powerfull enough to clear the water and spray rinse in, so enjoy your machine as you see fit, keeping safe of course.


Post# 537391 , Reply# 4   8/16/2011 at 15:48 (4,623 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Thanks it is a nice little number indeed, apparently stored after two years of use and the machine reflects this. The motors are brand new looking and the undercarriage only has a little surface rust. I must take a video and good pictures of it soon.

Back to the tensioning matter, so I only have to move the motor and not the can mount? I've already messed with both so how to I find the default setting where tension is just right and the can is perfectly centered? Is there a specific measurement in the slots I can use?


Post# 537399 , Reply# 5   8/16/2011 at 16:23 (4,623 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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If you shine a torch/light onto the metal where the slots are can you see where the washers were? It may be faint but with a little luck you should be able to see where they were positioned thus enabling you to put it back to its original spot.!


Post# 537407 , Reply# 6   8/16/2011 at 16:55 (4,623 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        

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Thanks for this info, It never occurred to me to suggest that as the US models have very limited adjustment there. Would you or anyone happen to have a photo of the setup on the version you are working on?



Post# 537922 , Reply# 7   8/18/2011 at 16:43 (4,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        

Sorry I can't get to the Hoover twin tubs at the moment, but here are a few photos of the motor, and mounting arragement on a spin dryer.

Post# 537923 , Reply# 8   8/18/2011 at 16:44 (4,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
the motor

See the three rubber mounts

Post# 537926 , Reply# 9   8/18/2011 at 16:50 (4,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
mounting slots

you can see how the motor can be slid back or forward to tension the belt, also the spin can can be adjusted by slakening the centre nut under the large pulley to align the spin can with the opening at the top of the machine.

The twin tub has a more substantial pulley and is mounted on a pedistal bearing plate wich uses the two slots either side of the large pulley nut shown here.

Post# 537927 , Reply# 10   8/18/2011 at 16:51 (4,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
complete with belt

and pump.

Post# 537929 , Reply# 11   8/18/2011 at 16:55 (4,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Another angle

Hope this is ok tim,

will try and remember to take some photos of the inside when I next get a hoovermatic out.


Post# 537930 , Reply# 12   8/18/2011 at 17:03 (4,621 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        

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That was very helpful!

I wish they sold spin-a-rinses here, they're pretty damn cool.


Post# 538127 , Reply# 13   8/19/2011 at 16:32 (4,620 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Mathew and everyone else...

Thank's for the pictures and advice, I've successfully got it tensioned perfectly.
I've noticed a small dot on the bottom of the pedestal mount and centered it within the hole in the chassis underneath it. This little dot helps you center the can dead on without guessing or wasting time. So this makes things more easier. I then moved and tightened the motor to a position that tensions the belt nicely, not too tight and not too slack. Upon turning the machine up again and opening the lid I was delighted to see a dead centered can and when I turned it on a nice quick and smooth start up. If too tight, the motor would not start quickly and buzz for a second while slowly revving until it overcomes the tight belt a second later and power up to 2300rpm (which was the case when I got this machine) and if too slack the belt will slip. Its factory perfect now.

Thanks everyone.

P.S. Mathew, that Spinarinse is the match to my T5052?

Post# 538392 , Reply# 14   8/20/2011 at 18:43 (4,619 days old) by anthony (uk)        
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hi everyone just a tip that might help those of you that have later hoovermatics as you probably know vibration and noise can be a problem if a load is even slightly off balance i have fond memories of my mum filling the spinner to the top slaming the lid down then off into the garden with the first load not a second thought for the hoovermatic violently shaking itself ot death .After recently fitting a new pump to my 5090 i decided to try and calm the vibrations down a bit by stuffing some rubber treadair carpet underlay between both the wash and spin tubs and the cabinet i have to say the results are exelent the machine is much quieter when spinning you can actually hear it get up to speed then purr away at max revs.Im sure someone has already thought of this idea and im sure there are some of you that like that deafening noise an off balance load can cause well thats fine just to say my hoovermatic no longer sounds like a ford fiesta more like a BMW hope someone finds this usefull regards Anthony

Post# 538393 , Reply# 15   8/20/2011 at 19:01 (4,619 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Hi Anthony...

That's a good idea, surely useful to some members here but some like myself enjoy the noise Hoovermatic's make when spinning. That noise isn't a bad one TBH; it's just the cabinet and wash tub resonating because everything in a Hoovermatic is bolted to the cabinet unlike a Hotpoint. My T5052 is rarely off balance but I always stop it if it is and reload the can.


Post# 538416 , Reply# 16   8/20/2011 at 21:29 (4,618 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

LMAO @ Anthony's post! I know just what you mean. I have a T5090, need a new pump, so I may do what you have done, to calm it down a bit. I have also taken a tip from someone else on here, about putting a chunk of polystyrene between the bottom of the wash tub and top of wash motor. Motor bounces like hell when washing towels and I prefer the older machines with the fixed motor, more powder in the paddle.

Post# 1198153 , Reply# 17   1/28/2024 at 15:27 by anthony (uk)        
how i centre

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a spin can before tightening up the bolts. The paint tub holds the spin can in the right position allowing you to tip it up and tighten up those bolts

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