We just wanted to provide an update on the Falcon 500:
The Falcon will be back in stock on the web starting Friday 12/4 (tomorrow) at 1PM CST!
We did make some minor improvements since the Falcon was originally released:
- The long screws holding the motor chamber together have been changed from steel to stainless to make re-assembly easier.
- The #10-32 set screws have been removed from the faceplate.
- The #10-32 set screw on the cooling port has been replaced with a #10-32 button head screw
- The M2.5 screws on attaching the shaft to the motor have been changed from 2mm hex drive to T8 drive
- All screws have been changed to harder materials to make them more difficult to strip
- A thin washer has been added between the output bearing and the shaft flange.
There will be a $2.99 hardware pack available for customers who want to upgrade their existing Falcons with these changes. The hardware pack includes:
- The new stainless motor chamber screws
- The #10-32 button head screw for the cooling port
- The new T8 drive M2.5 screws for the motor shaft
- The shaft washer
This should be available for sale on the website in the next couple of weeks.
In addition to the changes above, we have been working on improving the mechanical fit between the spline shaft and the Falcon bore pinions.
All old pinions were pulled from stock and re-kitted into 6-packs of tight-press pinions. These 6-packs will be available late next week and will be sold at a steep discount.
New, in tolerance pinions, should be back in stock in the next week or so.
During quarantine we did a deeper investigation on what caused the tight press problem, we discovered a manufacturing problem with the motor shafts themselves. This issue caused situations where even pinions that were in-tolerance could still be a tight fit on the motor shaft.
We’ve worked with our suppliers to resolve this issue. To help customers easily identify shafts with this problem, we’ve changed the color of the shaft from silver to black. The new black spline shafts are designed to be a slip fit on both the tight press pinions and the in tolerance pinions.
Silver shafts will still need to be sanded down to work with tight-press pinions and some of the in-tolerance pinions. We are working on getting more black spline shafts to sell as replacement shafts.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we still have more products to release.