Can You Imagine Time Machine Tabletop Clock
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- High quality wooden spiral track
- 3 drop/connecting holes
- Helix: 14 3/4 long, 9 1/2 inch diameter
- Accelerator: 1 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches Ages 4+
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Unlike the original, you don't have to put it together, which was a positive. Also unlike the original, the arm doesn't move constantly, which turns out to be both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, the arm moves faster than one revolution a minute, which means it is less likely to drop a ball, which happened often with the old clock. On the negative side, the gearing that keeps the arm stationary for most of the minute failed after 9 months, rendering the first clock useless. The arm moves constantly now, picking up several balls per minute.
The second clock was found to have been put together slightly off true, so the balls get stuck in the vertical tube instead of rolling to the pickup point. So neither clock works now and they're not worth sending back for fixing, although I might try to swap the motors to see if I can get one good clock out of the pair.
As most people say, this clock is very noisy, and I must agree, so, I decided to improve the noise level and the result is a much improved overall noise level. One must keep in mind that this is a device that is made of plastic and has dozen of steel balls circulating on its troughs, so, don't expect it to be as quite as a conventional clock.
First thing to improve the noise level is to set the clock on top of a soft pad to minimize the vibration of its structure with a hard surface, like a glass top or wood.
Second, fill all the empty space underneath the clock with plastic foam (as the one used in computer packaging or even a kitchen foam sponge). To do so, remove the batteries, remove all the balls and flip the clock over, and you'll see many empty spaces underneath. Cut pieces to fit snugly into the empty spaces until everything is filled with foam. Flip the clock back to its working position on top of the pad, place the balls in the proper places to show the correct time and replace the batteries and their cover.
Very important, always use this clock with the plastic cover that came with it. This cover has two notches underneath the top that hold the motor tower on the right position, thus avoiding a misalignment of the moving arm that catches the balls.
I just received an email back from the customer service lady that I have been corresponding with saying the she received "special permission" to extend the warranty this one time only on my clock and that they will replace it for me. It's good that some companies will listen to their customers. I have to take back what I said in my earlier review. We'll see how the replacement does before I say anything further about it.
I returned the clock to them and as of today 2-17-12 I have not heard back from them or received the replacement clock. I think they really do not intend to replace the clock like they said they would otherwise I would have received it back by now. I do NOT recommend this product to anyone because it seems to have inherent problems with the ball pickup mechanism and that the clock will only last a few months.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought in November of 2010 for $39. Lasted 4-1/2 years before the electronics for the ball lift cycle failed. That's not bad for the price I paid. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lyndon J Just
This was a Christmas present. It was delayed due to work schedules and delaying Christmas celebration. It didn't work and the time to return it had expired. Very disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Linda
When it arrived, I sent it back because it was obviously NOT new (as it was described). There were obvious wear patterns in the tracts, the batteries (of which there were only two... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon Emery
I own two of of these units. The third was a warranty. The concept is very cool. The quality of the mechanics is very poor. Does not keep accurate time, so do not depend accuracy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ralph D Loveridge
Bought this for my science classroom. Kids were excited to see it in operation, but it did not last long at all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lynne S.