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    we just put in new amflite2 pin, i had to take them out 3 days later. they jammed so bad, called AMF they said to wash them good. so i had myself and 2 high school kids in the pits washing pins, we put them back in and are still running lots of jams. 24 lane house,between 15- 20 jams. on our old pins around 1-3 jams for 2 shifts. NOW AMF said i should shampoo my pit carpets also. i run very clean ball wipes(change weekly) dust out my whole machine pinspotter 2 times a year, clean cups,but have NEVER heard of cleaning a carpet. i would think to get all the oil out of a carpet you would have to totatly soak the thing with a strong cleaner, which might cause the carpet to let go at the seems or this cleaner might get into the front hangers and freeze em up. MY question, are any of you guys cleaning your carpets and if you are do they dry in a few hours. we are a very high lineage house and dont have that much down time.THANKS

  • #2
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    Night time pinchasers clean 4 per night .... using hot water and laundry detergent. thye get pretty dirty in a week.....
    Why yes, we wax them everyday!

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    • #3
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      Ours get a once-over in the summer... we got one of those vacuum carpet cleaning machines used from a rental place (like the ones you see for rent in grocery and department stores).

      We fill up the cleaner tank with warm water and lane cleaner, DBA White Glove, or Castrol Super-Clean. Turn on the pit, hold the nozzle against an edge of the carpet, spray for 2 rotations, vacuum for at least 5, move over to the next dry spot and do it again, until the whole carpet has been done. Park a fan behind the machine and let the pit run for about 15-20 mins. With good ventilation, and average room temperatures, they dry pretty fast, and the backs of the carpet stay pretty much dry.
      <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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      • #4
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        Check your pin orientation....

        I do not clean pit carpets.

        I do not use ball wipes.

        Jerry

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        • #5
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          Hi Skip, give me a shout and I'll send you something for free that might solve some of your trouble.

          888-435-6289

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

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          • #6
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            In the two AMF houses I've worked in, we've NEVER cleaned the carpets. Even with brand new pins, we've never had THAT much stoppage. Can't imagine what would cause brand new pins to increase pin jams. Hmmmmm, sumpin' ta think about....

            Doug

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            • #7
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              Take out your cup liners to scuff up those pins.

              WOW! [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif[/img] Seems every house that gets amflites is having nothing but problems..AMF are you listening???

              deadwood
              Well thats just like your opinion man...

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              • #8
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                We clean ours every now and again, not often at all. No real problems. As far as new pins go they always cause headaches when new for us, pin pile mania. But thats usually only for a week tops then all is well. Seems pretty common from what I hear on here :p

                Rep [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
                All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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                • #9
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                  I cant beleive you guys don't clean your carpets...or ball whipes.....oil and dirt to me is a PROBLEM....with me anyways....the cleaner the better... the cleaner the back end.... no dirt on the white shirt. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]
                  Why yes, we wax them everyday!

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                  • #10
                    Re: cleaning pit carpets?

                    I posted it in another forum, but I'll repost it again here for anyone that's interested...

                    I was informed that new AMF pins are shipped with a light coating of silicone on them that's slippery as heck. It protects the pins from getting dull spots on the heads and bellies, caused by plastic-on-plastic contact during shipping.

                    That's the reason that they suggest that you clean them before running them. A quick wipedown with some alcohol (isopropanol) will remove it. So far, we've had very little in the way of jam problems from new pins, and with any luck, it'll stay that way...
                    <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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                    • #11
                      Re: cleaning pit carpets?

                      In a previous 82-90XL House I worked in , We ( Nightshift ) Cleaned every M/C carpet EVERY DAY (Only a 24 Lane house)

                      You would be surprised just how much Muck / Grit / Oil Etc came off each carpet .

                      My personal opinon is Carpet Cleaning should be done at least every couple of days , It also FORCES you to do a visual inspection of the carpets condition .

                      I have heard of centres that Steam Clean the carpets using a commercial Steam Cleaner , Good Idea , Yes / No ? , It may cause the Carpet to shrink ? But It will sure get the carpet Squeaky Clean [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif[/img]

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                      • #12
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                        I work in a 8230 house we came up with a pretty good idea if you have one of the original lane draggers (the wooden head with a wooden handle) you can fasten a large towel soaked in degreaser and it should fit the width of the carpet perfectly.

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                        • #13
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                          A center in Phoenix thought it would be a great idea to steam clean their pit carpets, and your right Mark Anderson, they all shrank!
                          Pinspotters do not break down when they are not running!

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                          • #14
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                            we have amflite2 we went from vantage I think and we had a lot of problems at first but we adjusted the distibuters and kidneys and replaced the pin wheel belt bescause pinwheel's were going to fast and don't have a problem and put now have slow pulley's on and we have maybe one dist jam a night

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                            • #15
                              Re: cleaning pit carpets?

                              we have amflite2 we went from vantage I think and we had a lot of problems at first but we adjusted the distibuters and kidneys and replaced the pin wheel belt bescause pinwheel's were going to fast and don't have a problem and put now have slow pulley's on and we have maybe one dist jam a night
                              and we don't clean are carpets

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