Six Man Clock, Seven Man Clock by Gordon Bradt:
Kinetic Sculpture Clocks
Gordon Bradt & Kinetico Studios
TURNING ON THE CLOCK:
Plug the clock into an electrical outlet having the correct voltage for the clock motor, depending on the country. Sometimes the motor may seem dead when the clock is plugged in, but it may just need a little help getting started. If so, pull the big wheel in the front of the clock in a clockwise direction. This is the big wheel that drives the little men and is directly connected to the motor shaft. This may also be necessary after a power outage. New motors that we have installed in clocks in 2018 may also seem to be struggling to start up, but then do start up. This is due to a change in lubricant that the motor manufacturer has been using in our motors, to make them quieter.
SETTING THE CLOCK HANDS:
The minute and hour hands are friction mounted on separate shafts. While the clock is plugged in and running, each hand may be turned in either direction without affecting the position of the other hand.
The clock runs on a synchronous 4-RPM motor (at 60 cycles), and the brass coils are geared to keep accurate time. Although some of the gears do not appear to be moving, they are making a complete rotation over a 12-hour period. If your clock does not keep accurate time over a 12-hour period, something is out of adjustment, but we make the proper adjustment here in our studios.
VOLTAGE & CYCLES:
The clock timing is controlled by the frequency of your electrical system. This varies from country to country. We use different gears for 50 cycles than for 60 cycles. A clock built for 60 cycles and then run on 50 cycles will run at 3 1/3 RPM and lose 12 minutes every hour. We can convert the cycles of your clock at Kinetico Studios by changing one of the big brass gears to one with lesser teeth. This will cause the clock to run faster and keep time on 50 cycles. Voltage can be converted with a simple voltage converter, to step down 220volts to 110volts.
The clock is driven by a synchronous timing motor. These motors commonly make humming, buzzing, clicking or grinding sounds. This is normal and does not indicate any malfunction of the motor or clock. The noises may come and go throughout the life of the motor.
The clock is brass and is coated with a lacquer finish. Do not use brass cleaners, grease, or WD40 lubricant. To clean or dust, we recommend hand wiping with an old T-shirt rag, which is absorbent and won’t leave lint. The clocks are lubricated at our studios with a light machine oil, but only in a few areas that have significant friction. If black dust falls to the table below the clock, you can lubricate the area it is falling from with a light machine oil, like 3in1. Do not use WD40, which may attack the lacquer finish and tarnish the brass.
Regular clock repair people are not experienced in the specialized cleaning and repair that our clocks require. You can trust Kinetico Studios to properly maintain your clock for years to come. Your clock has a one-year, non-transferable warranty if purchased from Kinetico Studios, except for damage. After that we will clean, repair, adjust, lubricate and ship your clock back to you for a flat rate charge. Service