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    Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    I recently purchased a Besler 45VXL and noticed that the elevation lock in not working. Anyone run into this problem? Any suggestions on repairing it?

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    pictures would help. I have a 45-vxl but haven't had trouble with the elevation lock. I rarely lock it anyway, it generally stays put (motorized elevation with counterweighting, I recall).

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    The motor was an option for these. My lock keeps it in place, but unlocks with any intentional movement of the elevation control. I like this enlarger, but find most of the controls to be a bit flaky. Luckily the focus knob itself works well. Mine was heavily used and abused at a local lab. I remember a while back on apug someone rebuilt theirs and said everything worked well. I've just learned to deal with the quirks.

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    I have the 45MXT which has motorized elevation. There is no lock and it has never slipped.

    Thomas

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    Mine has no motorL. I am using a Heiland cold light source so no need for counter weight. I didn't include a picture because there really isn't anything to to take a picture of. It's a knob you turn on the left side of the column. Tightening must occur internally. Yes, the unit is reasonabley steady and I can get away without it tightening but I have bumped it a few times and it has moved, so I would like to lock it down but it's not an obvious fix or at least for me.

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    http://store.khbphotografix.com/Bese...on-Manual.html

    They also may have parts.

    Mine locks with a small lever.

    One does need to adjust the weight depending on head weight. Many ways to do that.

    The big spring is fairly powerful.
    sin eater

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    Have you tried calling Beseler in PA and just asking them?

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Have you tried calling Beseler in PA and just asking them?
    It's been about 2 years ago, I needed a part for a 45MXT, called them up and ordered the part. They were super helpful. Here's a link to the parts diagram of Beseler's website, which might help you. https://www.beselerphoto.com/wp-cont...Parts-List.pdf

    So what Bob said, have you tried calling Beseler about the problem.
    Roger

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    Re: Besler 45 V-XL non functioning elevation lock

    That's a good link Roger.

    Bob, I didn't know they were still in business.

    Now even more glad I switched from Omega to Beseler right after I started in 2011.
    sin eater

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