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    Tired of digging your drive shafts out from between the carpet and plow? (For use with 30's, 70's and 90's)




  • #2
    Re: Universal drive shaft fix

    Interesting...
    "Where are we going, and why are we in a hand basket?"

    --Kat

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    • #3
      Re: Universal drive shaft fix

      With a booted universal joint and a hitch pin to hold the outer half, how is it that your shafts are ending up in the pits?

      Mike
      Pinspotters do not break down when they are not running!

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      • #4
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        I'm assuming that it's a preventive measure so if a U-joint snaps or the shaft pops loose, it won't fall into the pit and slice up the carpet.
        <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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        • #5
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          What a waste of time, chain, and grade 2 bolts.

          Inspect them every 3 months when you do clutches and you will never slice a carpet......I have never failed to tell when a u joint is shot.

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          • #6
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            Ok guys... most universals have dates on them... last year we replaced all our universals with the new apex ones.... Well... TWO we pulled off were dated June, 1966!!!! whoa! anybody ever seen a universal last that long?

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            • #7
              Re: Universal drive shaft fix

              not quite that long but we had one that must have been at least 10 years old only one but it finally was retired its a long time though

              scotty

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              • #8
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                by the way thats a great idea for those who use the plastic u-joints since they break constantly those become a daily check.

                scotty

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                • #9
                  Re: Universal drive shaft fix

                  Crazy old so it wasnt june... oh well

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                  • #10
                    Re: Universal drive shaft fix

                    Originally posted by scotty:
                    by the way thats a great idea for those who use the plastic u-joints since they break constantly those become a daily check.

                    scotty
                    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hi Scotty,

                    Great thinking buddy. I'm addressing your post because you seem to be the only one thinking beyond your own little world on this matter. This would be an excellent fix for the guys that use the plastic universals. It's also a great fix for 30's mechanics. The 30 is a lot tougher on universals than 70's or 90's. Reason: The home position for the 30 dist. is over the 7 pin; leaving the universal to operate at a constant 25 to 30 degree angle as opposed to 0 degree on 70. This angle adds stress to the joint and the rubber boot.

                    On my 30's we have a different configuration for the fix.

                    If you service 6 centers (2 without mechanics; only pinchasers) over a 400 mile radius, you tend to come up with ideas like this. It's rough to ride 600 mile roundtrip to change a carpet.

                    WASTE OF TIME??? I don't think so.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Universal drive shaft fix

                      Originally posted by Kingram:
                      </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by scotty:
                      by the way thats a great idea for those who use the plastic u-joints since they break constantly those become a daily check.

                      scotty
                      <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hi Scotty,

                      Great thinking buddy. I'm addressing your post because you seem to be the only one thinking beyond your own little world on this matter. This would be an excellent fix for the guys that use the plastic universals. It's also a great fix for 30's mechanics. The 30 is a lot tougher on universals than 70's or 90's. Reason: The home position for the 30 dist. is over the 7 pin; leaving the universal to operate at a constant 25 to 30 degree angle as opposed to 0 degree on 70. This angle adds stress to the joint and the rubber boot.

                      On my 30's we have a different configuration for the fix.

                      If you service 6 centers (2 without mechanics; only pinchasers) over a 400 mile radius, you tend to come up with ideas like this. It's rough to ride 600 mile roundtrip to change a carpet.

                      WASTE OF TIME??? I don't think so.
                      </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I have a better idea:

                      Buy a new plastic U-Joint for each machine each year.....they cost maybe $5 each.

                      JK

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                      • #12
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                        King,

                        That would be a good idea if they'd last a year. I can't get them to last more than about 6 months. At Hilton they wouldn't even last a month. Too much lineage.

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                        • #13
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                          On another note, the colored gearbox looks pretty cool [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] . Did you paint those yourself?

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                          • #14
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                            king i think you have great ideas and solutions to problems but in some centers its not as easy to get new parts. we dont have the option of things like that at my center they are cheap u-joints granted but when a pin falls they usually break every time even though they may still be good and fairly new and i still have them break and i check them daily but when a pin hits one its gone i personally think it is a good idea and it may be a waste of time in some centers like yours but others it sure helps guys like me. my apologys in advance if i have come off like an a$$hole my post was not intended as such

                            scotty

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                            • #15
                              Re: Universal drive shaft fix

                              It just depends house to house, every house is different. We use the plastic u-joints from AMF and they work great for us, they last decently long and dont give us problems. For other houses there's no other way to go but metal
                              All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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