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  • The "Pit Buddy!"

    Doesn't anybody believe this?
    Check out "AMF Magic's Mods" in the gallery!
    The Pit Buddy is the answer to so many problems!
    It is built entirely from Grainger parts. That is all I know.
    On the machines that use it, ZERO jam calls. This is at the hellacious center!!!
    This center has PBL's!!!!! Still!!!
    I wish I had a Grainger catalogue. If I did, I'd point out all the parts necessary.
    It is the end-all, solve-all. Except for the mid-way ball-spin. The lift-rails are entirely accountable for that. I wish I knew who made them!!!
    Dammit!

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    Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

    Is the "pit buddy" homemade? I think it's called the "sidewinder" or something like that. I've seen it in the back of bowling management magazine. The thick rubber rail covers are made by Stahl's.

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    • #3
      Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

      hey Petey! Thanx for your interest!
      It is indeed homemade. I'm told that the guy made it all himself, from Grainger parts (and plain sheetmetal for the guards I assume).
      I know little else other than more than 10 years after he left, they are still runnin' strong, not even a belt replacement!
      He is the owner's brother, but due to "internal difficulties," he was forced to leave.
      I believe he wrenches at some big center in Oklahoma now. I met him once, briefly.
      Quite the mechanical genious he is.
      I'm sure there's no patent on it. If Gordo or somebody were to jump on this, they could make even the average wrench jump 200 FPS!!!
      It makes problems resultant to DJ's go away permanently. I've never had to "jump-start" a pit-buddy machine. I've never had to replace points or anything else for that matter. It is free and clear! It begs for somebody to mass-produce it!
      Perhaps a gearbox change to put the motor parallel with the lane would be even better.
      As stated by Bender, "Ideas are a dime a dozen."

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      • #4
        Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

        Okay,call me dumb but I cant find what your talking about.Where do I find the thread on this Pit Buddy?Thanks
        Phill

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        • #5
          Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

          Philipe:
          from bowltech.com, go to "image gallery," then "Pinspotters AMF," then "82/70 mods"
          Mine are just some of the cool ideas in there.

          Or, just go here.

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          • #6
            Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

            Magic:
            Talked with Lord Bagley(at Coal Creek Bowl)shortly after starting at the 'tooth' about the pit buddies.
            Apparently,it is being mass produced!
            Guy you want to talk to is Willis Bell out of Oklahoma Bowling Supply.
            Bagley vaguely remembered a $450.00 price tag.We have an Okla.catalog in back at the 'tooth' if I'm not mistaken(orange).Ya outa check it out.
            Thing I like about 'em is,with no actual stator on gearbox you elininate all that heat runnin' down armature making that seal[or two(there's room)]brittle and wear prematurely.
            B.T.W.- Swain had a belt break few mo.s back. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]
            fatty

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            • #7
              Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

              With a $450.00 price tag, I'll wait til the price drops CONSIDERABLY. I can get a REPLACEMENT STATOR for LESS than that. Doesn't seem worth it to me

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              • #8
                Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                They are nice. I put several on in other houses a few years ago.

                Noolio is right call Willis or Mark at Oklahoma Bowling equipment & Supply (405 495-1495)

                BTW you will change that $3.00 belt at least once.

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                • #9
                  Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                  THE PIT BUDDY IS A VERY POOR THOUHT OUT PIECE OF JUNK AND SHOULD NEVER BE PUT ON A MACHINE. I KNOW THIS FROM EXPERIENCE.

                  :p null

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                    Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                    Dusty,

                    Is your caps lock button super glued or what?

                    king

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                    • #11
                      Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                      Quote:]Originally posted by 82/70 king:
                      Dusty,

                      Is your caps lock button super glued or what?

                      king
                      [/QUOTE]

                      HEY KING, HAVING A BAD DAY?
                      JFHNSDBFKJYTITRJENDNFKRLRDELOSLDMGMNJYKJTRKJREMDEN MDENRTNTNTKJREKDSLPDSPEWL.ER,

                      Charlie [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
                      Please buy MADE IN USA!

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                      • #12
                        Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                        Quote:]Originally posted by Ed Fox:
                        HEY KING, HAVING A BAD DAY?
                        JFHNSDBFKJYTITRJENDNFKRLRDELOSLDMGMNJYKJTRKJREMDEN MDENRTNTNTKJREKDSLPDSPEWL.ER,

                        Charlie [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]
                        [/QUOTE]

                        Chad, I realy need your help now..

                        Martin
                        So it goes.

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                        • #13
                          Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                          Lumpie-
                          I think Ed got loaded enough that he passed out on his keyboard.

                          DUSTIN-
                          YOU SEEM VERY CYNICAL. I LIKE THAT. I'D LIKE TO KNOW THE REASON(S) WHY YOU DON'T LIKE THE PIT BUDDY. PLEASE BE HONEST, DON'T PULL ANY PUNCHES.
                          PS-REGULAR TYPING IS MUCH EASIER TO READ THAN ALL CAPS. JUST A LITTLE TIP IN PROMOTIONAL LOGISTICS FOR YOU.

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                          • #14
                            Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                            Chaddie,

                            VERY SUBTLE....LMAO

                            king

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                            • #15
                              Re: The "Pit Buddy!"

                              I saw it in the magazine and thought "cool".


                              But if it doesn't utilize a bearing to take the latteral load off the gear box input shaft I wouldn't buy it.

                              [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]

                              [ May 14, 2001: Message edited by: Pepe LePeu ]

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