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    What is the best way to lube the ring tubes on the pinwheel? I ususlly use a bottle of stp or lately trying wheel bearing grease out o f a needle attachment to a grease gun. What does anybody else use? Theese things are so messy!
    Phill

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    phill,the book says maintain oil level in ring tube oiler reservoir 3/8 below oiler top. refill every year using SAE#80 Way oil[amf part#92643].Check your wick&spring in the resservoir.
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it." -W.C.Fields

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    • #3
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      I use any brand 80-90 weight lube that is designed for rear end differentials of cars. I really don't think that using anything else makes that much difference on the ring tubes in my opinion. The lube must be thick enough to avoid dripping on the pinwheel cover red parts, and the floor below it.

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        Phill, are you talking about 30's or 70's?
        Ed

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          Quote:]<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by talon1189:
          I use any brand 80-90 weight lube that is designed for rear end differentials of cars. I really don't think that using anything else makes that much difference</font>[/QUOTE]


          ditto!!..

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          • #6
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            Sorry,didnt know there was a difference-30's

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            • #7
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              for the last 13 years
              i have took a brush and a tube of grease and from the bottom brushed the grease on to the ring tube.
              before redoing i also wipe off the old grease with a rage this has worked good for me.
              i haven't found any oil that would not drip on to the guard or floor

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              • #8
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                Phill, the 70's have an oil cup with a wick in it that over oil's the ring tube and make's a big mess on the floor!

                With the 30's , and the 70's for that matter I beleive 30 WT> oil is the best, but dont over oil, ist's a waste and a big mess! A couple of shot's a month and you will be fine. You should wipe of the excess each time you oil them. (wipe off the old stuff from the outer side of the ring, help's keep thing's cleaner) If you use anything thicker then this (30 WT) it will cause the ring tube to "flake". Plus grease etc. is a bummer to clean off. I have a neat little oiling contraption for the 30's made from a coat hanger, 1 1/4 dowl, and a peice of foam rubber. It wasnt my idea but it work's great! Wanna hear about it........?
                Tomorrow, IM to tired right now.
                Ed

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                  Phill, I thought about how to explain how to make it and cant figure out how to do it and make any sense. E-mail me with your address and Ill send you one. Maybe once you see it you can figure out away too explain it so every one else can understand.

                  Ed

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                  • #10
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                    AMF made and oiler and cup kit for the attachment to the pin gate cam for the 82-30. Same principle as on the 70 and uses the same spring and wick. Put old coke can flats under your pinwheels to catch the drip. It is an easy way to pick up the drip-just throw them away when they get to messy.

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                    • #11
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                      I don't know if 30's &amp; 70's use the same roller or not but if they do, Stahl's sells a P/W roller that is plastic &amp; doesn't need lube. They also use replacable bearings in it. We've been slowly replacing our metal ones for about 6 years &amp; haven't had a single problem.
                      Dutch

                      [This message has been edited by dutch (edited 02-08-2001).]

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                      • #12
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                        Dutch: you beat me to it! The newer ones are made of Delrin, a very durable plastic. They are great!! As you replace them be sure to clean the ring tube before it touches them..the cleaner the better. About four times a year we wipe the tubes clean with Chlorinite or Zep I.D. Red solvent (anyone else heard of I.D. Red? Good stuff!!)
                        Anyway, beware of the other plastic rollers. The white nylon ones do not last very long..the bearings are good, but the plastic wears out toward the rear, then your pinwheel hangs low, causing bad orientation.

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                        • #13
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                          Thank's Dutch! They really need to get a better catalog!!

                          Ed

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                          • #14
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                            Love the idea of no more greasy mess with plastic rollers.Can someone give me the number to stahls so i can get a book?thanks
                            phill

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                            • #15
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                              Phill, it's 952-432-2231.

                              Ed

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