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    Was wondering if there was anyway to tell when the pillow block straps are going to break. I had 3 break this season so far, 2 table - 1 sweep.
    I've gone thru twice looking for cracks in the straps, but didn't see any.
    Thanks in advance
    Jim H

  • #2
    Re: Pillow Block Straps

    I dont know of any secret way.... But like most things. They all where put on at the same time. Dont be surprised if this problem go's across the house. Might make sure you always have a few more extra spares.
    Even a old dog can bury a bone

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    • #3
      Re: Pillow Block Straps

      Jim, We check the blocks when oiling and greasing the front ends and I give them a quick look anytime I'm working out front. I don't ever remember finding a cracked one yet. Stuff happens. Fred
      "Gun control is the policy of tyrants"
      Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

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      • #4
        Re: Pillow Block Straps

        i check them quarterly and also anytime i climb into a machine most of the time ill catch them before they break not always though sometimes they break before i can get to check them usually only once in a while not very often though.

        the reason i check them quarterly is to see if both the bolts in each pillow block is good and tight this helps to prevent the premachure wear on them.

        scotty

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        • #5
          Re: Pillow Block Straps

          I should have known better than to reply to this subject. Last night they lost a sweep pillow block!
          "Gun control is the policy of tyrants"
          Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

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          • #6
            Re: Pillow Block Straps

            coors has a hair stuck in his crotch. look, just inspect all your strap blocks every hour, every lane, and the odds of you being caught with a broken strap block are close to none

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            • #7
              Re: Pillow Block Straps

              unles its a table then you are FUBAR'ed. please tell me some other mechanic can explain the expression FUBAR'ed

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              • #8
                Re: Pillow Block Straps

                Originally posted by Coors:
                unles its a table then you are FUBAR'ed. please tell me some other mechanic can explain the expression FUBAR'ed
                <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The correct form is FUBAR'd [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

                And yes..... the table's the bad one. I managed to change one once without the help of a jack or other prop on the torque tube (it involves a little contortion of the body and a few choice adjectives [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] ).

                Only thing worse is repairing the weld on the front frame weldment by the left block.
                -- Larry

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                • #9
                  Re: Pillow Block Straps

                  I had to change out one on the table tube that broke during a league... there is one trick that makes it a bit easier to do by yourself. I found it by accident, while trying to figure out just what the heck I was going to do with it to get it fixed:

                  Lay a couple pins or a couple blocks of wood down on the deck, then carefully crank the table down into spotting position... the weight of the table assembly rests on the pins/blocks and takes a little bit of the backbreak out of it. By cranking a bit one way or the other, you can position the tube a heck of a lot easier without the weight of the table pulling down on it.
                  <span style="font-style: italic">Educatio est omnium efficacissima forma rebellionis</span>

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pillow Block Straps

                    Originally posted by Coors:
                    unles its a table then you are FUBAR'ed. please tell me some other mechanic can explain the expression FUBAR'ed
                    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">FUBAR = ****ed Up Beyond All Recognition. WWII expression.

                    Jim
                    Necessity IS NOT the mother of invention. Laziness IS the mother of invention.

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