Adjusting your Hopper Lid Latches
The seals around the top
of the pellet hopper are important to safe and efficient operation of the
unit. The latches installed on these units are designed to pull the hopper
lid tight against this seal. Over the course of operation as these seals
“wear in” and compress, the tension of the latches should be tested
periodically, and adjusted if necessary.
To adjust the lid
latches, the following tools will be needed: two ˝ inch wrenches, or a ˝
inch wrench and a ˝ inch socket.
In order to adjust the
latch, first open the hopper lid and then lock the latch in its closed
position. Then take the ˝ inch wrench and loosen the nut closest to the
latch. This nut is then adjusted closer to the lid itself to tighten the
latch. After adjusting this nut to the desired location, hold this nut in
place with the ˝ inch wrench, the tighten down the holding nut on the end of
the latch shaft with the ˝ inch socket or second wrench to hold the
latching assembly in place.
After tightening the
latches, test the latches for proper tension by locking the lid down and
lifting each front corner of the lid. The lid should be firmly held down by
the latches. Repeat the same procedure if the latch is still not tight
Illustration 3 –
Hopper Lid Latches
Important: Hopper Lid Latches must be checked periodically and
kept tight so the top is sealed to prevent back-burn.