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Slide Projectors - service, lamps and fan/drive belts

Typical model slide projector using Standard Slide TrayMost slide projectors can be restored to sound operating condition provided there is no serious physical damage.

Years in storage, without use, can cause lubricants to stiffen and belts to decompose, and in some cases the motor pinion gear or drive coupler gears may fail.
All such problems can be solved, although having new gears made up may not be economical. It all depends on the brand and model and original product quality.

Repair services we do:

We repair to brands such as Agfa, Liesegang, Pradovit, Rollei, Norris, Perkeo, Voigtlander, Kodak Carousel and selected Hanimex models.

A service includes general clean-up and lubrication as needed. Old belts are replaced, the internal condensor optics are cleaned and checked. The lamp burning position is checked and adjusted for optimum life and light output. Finally the projector functions are tested with a tray of slides.

Service cost depends on projector type but is usually in the range $135 to $165 plus parts and freight costs.

Before submitting a projector for service you please check with us to make sure it is a serviceable model.

Do-it-yourself …

Often the projector is only in need of a new fan or drive belt or a new lamp and perhaps a good clean-up. Removing the covers usually gain access to the mechanism and you will be able to replace the belt, replace the lamp and clean the optics.

Replacement belts …

We can supply belts for most projectors. Belts are custom made and we have a list of projector belts readily available.
If your projector is not listed we can make a belt from your measurements. Please check out Belt Page for details.

Replacement lamps …

Except for a few old models, we have bulbs and lamps available for most projectors. If you don’t know which bulb you need we can probably find a match. For more information please check out our online lamp pages.

Tips on handling and adjusting lamps …

Avoiding premature failure of a projector bulb is important, especially when it comes to the older style (and often quite costly) filament bulbs. Here are some things to remember:

  1. Avoid touching the glass of the small Quartz Halogen Bulbs (pictured to the right). The cover sleeve should only be removed AFTER the bulb has been inserted into the projector. If accidentally touches make sure to clean it off with a tissue and metho.
  2. Never tilt the projector more than the front elevating legs will allow. If the picture needs to be higher on the screen lift the whole projector. Tilter more than the legs allow may cause the lamp filament to deform and burn out faster than necessary.
  3. Make sure the new lamp is inserted correctly and that it is properly adjusted in the socket for best light output and longest life. See this page for lamp adjustment!
  4. Make sure the fan is running and the air vents and grills are not obstructed, and that there is free air flow around the projector.

Buying a second hand projector


Occasionally we have good refurbished projectors for sale. Projectors are selected for quality and reliability.
Check this link for details.

If we haven’t got what you are looking for, our best advice is to look for brands such as:

Rollei, Norris, Perkeo, Voigtlander, Pradovit, Liesegang and Agfa

Projector bulbs are available from our online shop - just click bulb.The projector should have a 2-pin Halogen Bulb and use the Standard Universal Slide Tray (pictured below).

Anything else and you may have problems getting new bulbs or trays.

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