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Fog machine pump replacement

Postby AzPartyPleasers » Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:20 pm

Hey all, the pump on my AMDJ Fog machine is done. The machine no longer pumps thru. Are there any places that carry replacements? It would kill me to pay another $200 on a fog machine. I use it less than more, but it's still needed for my Halloween season approaching fast.

here's the info i could read off of the pump:

Antaril Lighting & Effects Ltd.
AC-120V60HZ
SP-12A(M12062)
6201 5025


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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby CJ Greiner » Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:42 pm

Is the pump still running?

If so, then the tube/heater assembly may just be blocked up.

Martin/Jem Foggers recommend:
Heat up as normal, instead of using fog fluid, run distilled de-ionized water through your machine for 2-3 heat cycles (if not continuous operation) or 5 minutes. Should clear the hoses, heater block and nozzle.

Also check to make any screens on intake hose are completely free of debris or replace.


Also, you can add distilled vinegar to the water solution to get rid of any crud and buildup inside your machine. Make sure you do this outside or your whole hose will smell like you're making pickles or coleslaw.

Le Maitre manufactures a preventative maintenance fluid called "EZ Clean Fluid". Though used primarily by heavy users (Theme parks, theatres, etc.), EZ Clean is available for anyone wanting a professional-grade cleaning solution.

You can also check the user's manual which may give you specific guidance on what mix of distilled water / vinegar you should use. (Example: 80% / 20%)
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby AzPartyPleasers » Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:57 pm

Thanks for the great info.

Yes, the pump is functional to an extent, i can see air bubbles in the tube flowing very slow.

I will give it another good clean cycle and see if that does the trick.

I'll keep you updated.

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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby sierradj » Fri Oct 01, 2004 6:02 pm

Exactly what model fog machine is it?

Some (entry-level) units are designed to be "thrown away" after use... no user-serviceable parts. Others are specifically designed to be repaired/replaced so that you don't have to drop $$$ every time.

Planet DJ (www.planetdj.com) carries not just fog machines, but a host of replacement parts and accessories as well. But for parts, you'd probably want to call.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby AzPartyPleasers » Sat Oct 02, 2004 1:28 am

This is An American Dj Vaporiser Fog Hog.

the pump looks like it's replaceable.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby CJ Greiner » Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:41 am

How's it going with the repair or replacement? :?:
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby sierradj » Thu Oct 07, 2004 3:02 pm

If you're sure it's the Vaporizer pump (and not the heating element), Planet DJ's got the replacement part (z-fhv/p) in stock for $39.88... 877-435-4327.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby AzPartyPleasers » Thu Oct 07, 2004 3:56 pm

Still haven't gotten to it. I will look into repairing it this weekend, and if no luck it looks like i will be looking into a replacement.

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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby djradatz » Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:39 am

my fog machine has been producing fog that gets thicker and thicker. by that i mean when i first got it it made fog but now it makes me cough. i cant use it at gigs because the crowd may complain. do you think it could use a good cleaning. i also have a back up machine that smells like smoke when i use it. any suggestions. they are just a steb above economy class. around 75-100 bucks each. should i just get a high class one or what.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby CJ Greiner » Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:02 pm

djradatz wrote:my fog machine has been producing fog that gets thicker and thicker. by that i mean when i first got it it made fog but now it makes me cough. i cant use it at gigs because the crowd may complain. do you think it could use a good cleaning. i also have a back up machine that smells like smoke when i use it. any suggestions. they are just a step above economy class. around 75-100 bucks each. should i just get a high class one or what.


It sound like you could definitely use a good cleaning -- you should probably do that on a regular basis if you use them very often.

I think fog should be used very sparingly -- just enough to accent the beams of light from your lightshow.

It's weird that you have one that actually smells like smoke... I know that some manufacturers actually have fog juice that comes with different "scents", or sell small bottles of additive that you can mix with your fog juice to make it smell better.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby TheBartman47 » Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:03 pm

If you decide to replace your fog machine, you may want to consider buying a hazer instead of a fogger. The hazer pumps out a continuous but much finer fog, so the room is always at a constant level and not obnoxiously thick.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby djradatz » Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:51 am

yea speaking of hasers does anyone else know anything about them. I havent researched them much
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby djradatz » Tue Nov 02, 2004 3:10 pm

hello is simon there?
anyone, anyone, HELLLLLLLLLLLLLP!
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby TheBartman47 » Tue Nov 02, 2004 4:10 pm

The basic difference between a hazer and fogger is like the Tortoise and the Hare. Hazer is slow and steady which gets the job done. A fogger pumps out impressivly huge billowing clouds for a short while then has to stop and rest. So, especially when air conditioning is running, a fogger will constantly be making the room heavy fog, light or none, heavy, light or none, while a Hazer will keep the room at a constant level, avoiding moments of fog so thick no one can see, and times of no fog where people wonder what happened to the effects lighting.

Other than that, Hazers cost a little more, but the steady rate is worth it.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby djradatz » Fri Nov 05, 2004 8:49 am

oh i see. The hare lost anyways.

thanks for the info
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby hauntedmansion » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:08 am

Hi this is Steve. I was wondering how the fix on the FOG HOG was going. I may have an answer if anyone is still interrested. thanks. :D
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Postby DJ Scott » Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:54 pm

You can get replacement paqrts directly fron the AMDJ website. Some of the older machines are no longer supported but you can still get a lot of stuff.
Go the the AMDJ website and search the parts section.
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Fog Hog replacement pump

Postby poormandisney » Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:05 pm

FYI . I called the AMDJ company up. They quit selling the fog hog pump last year. They no longer have any in stock and no longer make them. They came out with a Fog Hog Hazet that has a different type of pump.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby DJ Scott » Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:16 pm

I would go to your local auto parts store (checker, autozone or ???) and look for an after market windshield washer pump. It will take a little plumbing work but it can be done.
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Re: Fog machine pump replacement

Postby Richiestix » Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:22 pm

Just ordered from ADJ 1 pump $40.00 +- ask for "Vaporizer" parts not "fog hog".
They have some parts. :wink:
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