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Howard Miller 610-185

donnyjp2204

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Hi everyone, My grandparent have a Howard Miller 610-185 with a Kieninger SKS movement it has 5 hammers and gongs. I want to know what year it might have been made in. My grandparents received it as a retirement gift in 1995.

Thank You,
Donavan
 

Willie X

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1995 would be my guess. :)

Most of these movements didn't last very long.

I'm curious about how much work has been done to your clock, in order to keep it going for 26 years, assuming it's still working ...

Willie X
 

donnyjp2204

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1995 would be my guess. :)

Most of these movements didn't last very long.

I'm curious about how much work has been done to your clock, in order to keep it going for 26 years, assuming it's still working ...

Willie X
My grandparents have not had it serviced. The chimes are a bit slow so it is time to get it serviced
 

Willie X

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The reason I'm asking all these questions is: that movement has a notorious problem with it's chain wheels. I'm wondering if your clock, being from 1995, had a different system that changed with the Howard Miller buy out of Kieninger at around this time? Thank you. Willie X
 

donnyjp2204

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Could you explain how this clock movement didn't last very long? Was it discontinued? or Not a great clock Movement?
 

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I am a long time H-M servicer. Today, I mainly set up a new clock now and then, nearly all promotional models. A generation ago H-M sold probably 1000s of clocks with the SKS12 movement. I think this started around 1998 and few clocks ran more than 4 or 5 years without failure of the chain wheels. H-M extended the warrantys and footed the full bill for repairing these clocks, they would even send me a new bottom board, if the old one was busted when the weight dropped.. This stoped about 2006 but H-M would still supply the improved sets of chain wheels at no cost for all of these clocks. This continued for a few more years. So, H-M spent a boat load of money trying to make good on these poorly designed movements.

I was surprised when you said your clock was not trouble prone and wondered If it, being a little older, maybe did not have the poorly designed chain wheels? Later, these movements also had wear problems and I don't see them much anymore ...

Thanks for responding, Willie X
 
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donnyjp2204

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Actually I found out my grandparents got this clock in 1993 not 1995
 

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