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    Does anybody know if any company still makes or carries wooden downsweeps?

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    Not that I know of... We have a few that we installed as replacements and they work GREAT for us. If ya do find a source please post and let me know [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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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Rep:
      Not that I know of... We have a few that we installed as replacements and they work GREAT for us. If ya do find a source please post and let me know [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
      <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Are the replacements you are talking about made of metal? I cannot get them to fit, they are too long.

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        Clutch...I cant speak for him, But I think it is one of Smokeys plans in the near future to replace all of ours with the metal ones.....WE may have some for sale, I will let you know when Smokmeister gets back from Vacation!!

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          Originally posted by Clutch Plate:
          </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Rep:
          Not that I know of... We have a few that we installed as replacements and they work GREAT for us. If ya do find a source please post and let me know [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
          <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Are the replacements you are talking about made of metal? I cannot get them to fit, they are too long. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yes, the ones we've been getting are thin and goldish in color and we have to cut them to get em to fit... We've had problems with them, the 1st one we put in moreso than others as we got more familiar with how to install them, but any of us would kill to get the wood replacements, they were great for us
          All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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            Originally posted by JimDorsin:
            Clutch...I cant speak for him, But I think it is one of Smokeys plans in the near future to replace all of ours with the metal ones.....WE may have some for sale, I will let you know when Smokmeister gets back from Vacation!!
            <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Paul, I would love to take those babies off your hands. Im coming to Reno on the 17th, I will talk to Smokey then.

            I believe the metal downsweeps are part of an entire underground track kit. Thats probably why they are not fitting with our existing original track.

            Murrey,Vantage,AMF, etc. Anyone want to start making the wood downsweeps again, I believe there is a market for them.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Clutch Plate:

              I believe the metal downsweeps are part of an entire underground track kit. Thats probably why they are not fitting with our existing original track.
              <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">They are.... and they aren't 100% compatable with SurePik returns (as in there is no hardware to connect the track directly to a SurePik). But it's something you can work around easy enough. Just align the new rails to wher they meet the old track rails and tie them down to where they won't shift in any direction. We did a couple like this in San Diego (connecting the two tracks at the half way point) and they worked great.

              They are nice. They come with a nylon tube capping that you place over the rails after they're installed. Makes them real quiet.
              -- Larry

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              • #8
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                We actualy ordered 2 downsweeps and an entire metal track kit. The downsweeps are slightly different on the replacments than the ones on the kit. The replacments have about 8 tabs on the bottom, and you need to cut them to fit. (the tabs are for securing them down) Clutch, I dont know how fast this project will happen, as we only have about 2000 others on the boiler....lol, you have been there I am sure. See you next week

                Paul

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                • #9
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                  Clutch:

                  I've been the same boat too. With a number of houses closing in the Chicago area, we've been able to pick a few of them up before they were destroyed by those taking the machines and lanes out. Keep an eye out for houses that are closing and you can get them for a song.

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                  • #10
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                    I only got a few wooden ones left, yes the metal gold ones need cutting but are ok once in, tend to wear a lot after several years, kinda a groove thing!!!
                    make a lot more noise as well [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]

                    Not thought about making them yourself???
                    If Wile E coyote has enough money to by all that Acme crap why doesnt he buy his dinner?

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by gadget:
                      I only got a few wooden ones left, yes the metal gold ones need cutting but are ok once in, tend to wear a lot after several years, kinda a groove thing!!!
                      make a lot more noise as well [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif[/img]

                      Not thought about making them yourself???
                      <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ya it crossed my mind about making them myself, then I changed my mind. I will just keep my eyes open and im sure I wil find them used.

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                      • #12
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                        I had to install one of the metal replacement downsweeps. It came out great on my first try. Just cut it to size and install. I was informed that nobody makes the wooden ones anymore.
                        My mom always said there was one crazy person on every bus,... but I could never find him.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Smokey:
                          I had to install one of the metal replacement downsweeps. It came out great on my first try. Just cut it to size and install. I was informed that nobody makes the wooden ones anymore.
                          <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I talked to Carl at AMF and was told that the company which made downsweeps went out of business about 10 years ago.


                          Hey Smokey, you still have that wooden one you just changed. LOL [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

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                            Try checking with Dan Tucker.

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                              i have made the wooden tracks before, used an epoxy glue and laminated thin sheets of wood together to form the shape, then run my handheld circular saw SIDEWAYS on and milled a circular track in it, still going to this day i believe (the ballache is passing the saw down sideways, needs about 10 passes, increcing depth each time!)
                              Want your old pins collecting anywhere in the UK? email me on jezsmith@aol.com

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