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Gemmy Santa Help.

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I bought a Gemmy 2003 5 foot dancing Santa from a yard sale in 2015. The person I bought it from said it was "broken". Once I took it home, I plugged him in and only his head, mouth, and singing worked...he didn't dance. Finnaly yesterday I decided to take a look to see if his rubber belt split, but to my surprise, the belt was perfectly intact... I thought maybe it needed WD-40, tried that...but it didn't work either. When I move the mech, it moves smoothly like it should, but sometimes gets stuck...

Anyone have any idea what is stopping him from dancing? Is it the spring/collapsing mechanism messing it up? Is it a wire? Maybe the belt is actually stretched out? What do you think?

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If you have a 6v transformer ie wall wart, connect it to the motor wires and see if the motor will run, if it fails to turn the motor is bad. Also hook up a 12volt light to the wires going to the motor or a volt meter to the motor wires and see if the light lights when the Santa is operated, that will tell you if the board is still operating correctly.

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I know I don't have a motherboard but I may have a motor too.   but as Charlie said  if you can bypass the mother boat with a wal wart  and get the motor to work.   If your going to use your gemmy santa for your display  I have a way you can bypass the motor  and connect it to your computer controllers

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Hello everyone, it's me but on another account because I lost all access to my old account, I'm going to try to hook the motor to a wall wart and connect a light to the wires like you guys said, I'll let you al know my results.

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Sorry to jump in on here but does anyone know where to buy the belt to make the gemmy Santa move. My belt broke and I️ can’t seem to find any replacement parts. Thanks in advance. 

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You should be able to replace it with an o-ring. You can get them at Lowe's or Home depot in the plumbing sections. If you still have old one try and match it up with the ones in the store. Chances are the old one is stretched out a little so a new one may be just a little bit smaller. If you don't have the old belt you should be able to an assortment package.

Good luck.

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That sounds like a split gear(s) that is inside the dancing mechanisim. You may have to open it up. If you don't have any gears you can find them on eBay. I have a lot of experience with Gemmy items. In fact I just completely restored a snowflake spinning Frosty The Snowman last week. 

Welp never mind. I didn't read all of the replies to this so yea oops. You can find new motors on eBay. If you can put in a picture of the motor compared to a motor shaft gear or a Gemmy item like a billy bass or a snowflake spinner. Or if it's the right size you can get a billy bass off EBAY for. 10.00 free shipping and take the motors out of it and use it. But if you want a fast spinning motor get a snowflake spinner that is belt driven and use that motor if it is big enough. The snowflake spinners spinning arm has a pretty powerful motor in it. But if it's not the motor, the board could be fried for the motor to move. If you know how to put new resisters on a board go right ahead and fix it.

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It is pretty hard and time consuming to replace resisters

On November 21, 2017 at 8:45 PM, Scot Meyers said:

I have found that about 70% of gemmy failures  are at the mother board.  the remaining  are belt (orings) and motors

 

You forgot split gears. That is why almost all Gemmy items don't work.

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On 11/24/2017 at 10:08 PM, The Inflatable King Of Ohio said:

It is pretty hard and time consuming to replace resisters

You forgot split gears. That is why almost all Gemmy items don't work.

Yeah, I decided not to mess with the circutry and chose to leave the Santa "non-dancing", so I ordered a 2004 version from Ebay, but it needs a new "O-ring" for the dancing.

 

And oh yeah, The split gears are really a pain. I've had to replace gears in at least 15 Gemmy Items

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9 hours ago, ThatOneChristmasWolf12 said:

split gears are really a pain

all I can say is "3D printer"...I picked one up last Christmas and it runs constantly.  Recreating a gear is not hard with all the shared files on Thingiverse and other sites dedicated to 3D printing these days.

Hmmmm....maybe a little business venture here for someone.  My #1 one item printed is cookie cutters for my wife's baking business.   People always want some custom cookie made that they found on pintrest.  In all, it is less than an hour to go from photo to complete cookie cutter with free web apps like cookiecaster.com and 50 cents in plastic.

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