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    Just wanted to ask a question. How many of you mechanics, when you replace broken shuttle (bin) straps, secure them with the original button head bolts or replace the button heads with hex heads?

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    I use hex head bolts.
    All my shuttles have the Stahl's straps on the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 pin slots.

    JK

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    • #3
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      I keep it original and use the button head cap screws. Bin straps at 5,7,8,9,10.

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      • #4
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        Buttonhead, prevents snagging.
        Pinspotters do not break down when they are not running!

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        • #5
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          Hex heads. Much easier to change.

          Pete

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          • #6
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            "Less filling!!!"

            "Tastes great!!!"

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            -- Larry

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            • #7
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              hex head bolts for straps only, rest are button heads.
              jim k.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by jim k:
                hex head bolts for straps only, rest are button heads.
                <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Exactly!
                Also experimenting with custom straps I made. 1" x 1/8".
                Use 2" long hex head, jam nut it(flat nut), then put custom strap in.
                Does not interfear with the table and makes changing the straps during league much easier since the hex head bolt never become free-floating.
                A 20ft section is only a few bucks, then time and labor cutting and drilling.
                All in all much stronger, longer lasting piece for less money!
                It's been awhile but I have much more to share!!!

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                • #9
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                  Dewbowler...Been doing the exact same thing for many years that you just posted. You are 100% correct, they will outlast any strap you can buy by many years. I use them on the 4,5,6,7,10 bins and have had maybe a handful break in 10 years on 56 lanes. The bolt will break before the strap will. You can make about seven for the price of one.

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                  • #10
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                    I have replace three shuttles like that(all straps) and have had none break this last season.(knock on wood)
                    I think the problem with any manufactured one is the stress created at the bends by a press crushing them?
                    Glad to hear that I wasn't the only one out there thinking there was a better way!
                    Thanks Alan
                    It's been awhile but I have much more to share!!!

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                    • #11
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                      HEY dewbowler
                      I'd love to see some photo's of them.
                      Even a old dog can bury a bone

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                      • #12
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                        Heck, your stoppin' by in a few weeks, you can see em' in action!
                        It's been awhile but I have much more to share!!!

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by dewbowler:
                          Heck, your stoppin' by in a few weeks, you can see em' in action!
                          <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">LMAO
                          yes it's sure looking like it. But was thinking of them poor souls. Who are not as lucky as me.
                          Even a old dog can bury a bone

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                          • #14
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                            a nice person in our company had shuttlestraps made in the UK, the fact that they were about 40 pence each would tie in with the fact that they only last a few months, im tempted to make my own and harden/temper them!

                            tend to use button head bolts, just incase the hex heads snag anything
                            Want your old pins collecting anywhere in the UK? email me on jezsmith@aol.com

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                            • #15
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                              Dew &amp; Alan,

                              You guys haven't seen the Tuffy straps that Stahl's sells, have you? They're either 3/16" or 1/4". (I don't have any here at home or I could tell you for sure) They have spacers pressed into the holes where you've used nuts to bridge them around the pin holders. Been using them for about 10 years. Haven't broke 1 yet.

                              I'm sure yours are less expensive. (Tuffy's aren't cheap but they'll outlast me) And, I like the idea of the jam nut to hold the bolt in place.

                              I have the same set-up as King.

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