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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2015, 10:31:07 PM »
Or you can do away with the micro switch thing and use the normal TOC.

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2015, 10:49:24 PM »
Yes. Only the TOC is different but that is just swapped from the old motor.

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2015, 11:25:02 PM »
Or you can do away with the micro switch thing and use the normal TOC.

Yes but then you cant use the zorb feature.

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2015, 08:44:50 AM »
Or you can do away with the micro switch thing and use the normal TOC.

Yes but then you cant use the zorb feature.

True but then I've never come across anyone that has used it anyway  :))

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2015, 10:27:04 AM »
I want to use it! (Mainly because I NEVER have before!)
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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2015, 09:46:06 PM »
Its wicked, it halves the voltage of the motor! ;D
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2015, 05:35:57 PM »
Or you can do away with the micro switch thing and use the normal TOC.

Yes but then you cant use the zorb feature.

True but then I've never come across anyone that has used it anyway  :))

I want to use it! (Mainly because I NEVER have before!)

To be fair, if anyone was ever going to use it, it was going to be you   :biglaugh:

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2015, 05:38:22 PM »
Hehe thanks! At least if it does turn out to be a pile of toss I can say I tried,  and bave an opinion if anyone ever asks me about it again!
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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2015, 09:24:45 PM »
You should be alright :) My DC05 motorhead looked a bit complex cos it was already taken apart with the previous owner, but managed to get it working optimally by guessing how the wires go, that's old Dyson's for ya! they are too easy;D
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2017, 01:26:58 AM »
How old is this thread? Well guess what I finished tonight... Refurb images coming soon! (Although not a full step by step, just an overview with detailed shots of the zorbstery bits!)
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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2017, 12:02:23 AM »
So, here we are! I've had this since 2015, and a month ago I cleaned it all up! This thread isn't a full step by step refurb, there's plenty of those on these forums!

So this will concentrate mainly on the differences between a DC04 Zorbster, compared to a normal DC04 All Floors!

I finally did a 'before' video

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It came in from the cold



I stripped the wand down

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Opening the switch up, someone has been here before!

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Hardly surprising though! Popped the cable out and removed the rubbers

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I don't think I've seen this style of airflow guard on the suction side on a DC04 before. Could be wrong though

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Changeover valve inspection pipe out now, and oh look, it's blocked!

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Split apart

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Post filter cover off

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Clutch knob off

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2017, 12:08:48 AM »
The U bend clip is broken sadly

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Underneath now

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Baseplate off

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Brushroll out, it's VERY soft, which is a shame because it's purple!

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The first physical difference! The brushroll chamber within the brushroll housing is more round than usual, with the moulding used being different

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Next, I went to pull the clutch out, as I usually would at this stage, but could not move it

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So I popped the whole head off

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And found the second difference! There is an extra part off the side of the clutch!

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This part has a slightly offset cam on the end, which is what shakes the cleanerhead when the Zorb hopper is fitted, shaking the powder out of the machine! With the hopper not fitted, it doesn't touch anything, so doesn't shake.

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It's seen belts at some point, these are I think Europart ones with that DBB number
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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2017, 12:15:57 AM »
With the clutch out, we can see the third big difference, the Zorb hopper securing gubbins!

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This chunky pedal is what clamps the hopper to the machine. It just pops out, and has a big spring underneath it

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This part is what the clutch shakes!

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Back to normality now! Changeover valve out

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Wheels off

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I've lost count of the differences now, so another one is that each rear wheel has a thick rubber scraper, presumably to de-clag the wheels during a good zorbing session!

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So, the next step on a DC04 at this stage is to remove the motor, but it would not budge with all the screws out. This leads us to another difference, the 2 speed switch, which annoyingly on mine has been glued to the chassis

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Some considerable screwdrivering later had it released with only some damage

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2017, 12:22:45 AM »
For the first time in ages, the rubber seal that seals this to the chassis was not perished!

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And now we come to the big difference, the gubbins that controls the dual speed!

This is the switch that sits behind the glued in part. When pushed in (bin on) it's full speed, when released (bin off) it drops the motor to half speed

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It all sits in this bracket that screws onto the motor housing

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There we go, 250v/120v. I wonder if you could plug this in in america with the bin off and it would run at full speed?

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The switch all comes apart nicely anyway

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Now we come to the main event, the utterly trashed motor!

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I don't think a drop of oil and a fan wash will help this much, it's totally  :dead-dyson:

We need this little red wiring loom though

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Re: My first DC04 Zorbster!
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2017, 12:26:19 AM »
All that heat (and I imagine actual proper flames) had given  the inside of the motor housing some lovely patina

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Main machine done, the cyclone assembly is a bog standard job, just in purple, so bin cone and seals out/off

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Top part split up

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Upper cone removed

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Release valve split for washing

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And it's apart!

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Everything was washed, polished and laid out, so here is EVERY part of a Dyson DC04 Zorbster!

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And we start with the motor! Wires put in

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