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    Just curious as to some of your methods for breaking in new carpets. They can be a real hoot right out of the box to get tracking properly. When we get one, we usually hang it from a rear roller on a bench. We stick a front roller through the bottom of it to stretch it. Sometimes after its installed, we disable the lift arm assembly and have a few sixteen pound balls rolling around for a few hours to break it in. Sometimes we use belt dressing. How do you break in the really tough carpets?

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    I generaly just let them run for a few hours, depending on the carpet.

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      The Vantage ones we've been getting recently don't need much in the way of break-in... they run nice right out of the box.

      Back in the day, the ole' "orange bumpies" could stand upright on an edge for days without the box holding them up. We'd lay them out in a warm area against the folds (to flatten them) with a few bounceplate planks on them. After they were installed, we'd plug a cheater into the backend motor, block the ball door, and let 'em run for a half day or more with a couple balls in the pit until they softened up a bit. For the first week or so, they might need a push once in a while to keep them turning on the rollers if they sat overnight and stiffened up again, but after that they ran pretty good.
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        Originally posted by *70*PinMonkey:
        Just curious as to some of your methods for breaking in new carpets. They can be a real hoot right out of the box to get tracking properly. When we get one, we usually hang it from a rear roller on a bench. We stick a front roller through the bottom of it to stretch it. Sometimes after its installed, we disable the lift arm assembly and have a few sixteen pound balls rolling around for a few hours to break it in. Sometimes we use belt dressing. How do you break in the really tough carpets?

        Hey king, i went to Chipotle, hot damn, that was one saucy burrito. Very impressed. You could club a baby seal with a burrito that size.
        <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">It is my fav....glad you enjoyed it.....it is cheap too.

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        • #5
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          AMF went through quite a few "improvement" stages on that pumpkin. Soft, then stiff, then soft again but only lasted 2 years before light balls hung up near the door, now they're stiff again and can't get goin' to save themselves. At the 36-laner I worked at last year, all new 90XL's with pumpkins, we were kick-starting 75% of them every time they went on, for at least 8 months.

          I've been buying the AMF Platinum belts recently. They are awesome in every way...except they're too new to predict longevity. And they don't look dirty after stepping all over them during installation!

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          • #6
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            GMan.
            Which carpet are you referring to? I am looking for a black "woven" looking carpet.I have a couple of OLD ones still running but near death.
            And 2 pumpkins that^$#^#.

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              Originally posted by *70*PinMonkey:
              Hey king, i went to Chipotle, hot damn, that was one saucy burrito. Very impressed. You could club a baby seal with a burrito that size.
              <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I also went to Chipotle this weekend. I had the chicken burrito and added guacamole.(sp) It was the bomb. That monster fed two adults. I mean it was the most expensive burrito I have ever had ($7.00) but it was great.

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                I am ready to open a Chiplotle....better than the bowling biz.

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                • #9
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                  PinMonkey,
                  In the summer we usually lay the carpet on the hot pavement outside the shop door. Turn it about every 5 minutes. Don't leave it too long or it will melt down. Wintertime we put the carpet on the tin roof of my shop for awhile and this will loosen it up enough to run.

                  As G mentioned lay it down against the folds.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Carpets

                    Originally posted by 30n70:
                    GMan.
                    Which carpet are you referring to? I am looking for a black "woven" looking carpet.I have a couple of OLD ones still running but near death.
                    And 2 pumpkins that^$#^#.
                    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">We always called them "Orange Bumpies"... most guys here refer to them as "Pumpkins".

                    I think I do know what carpet you're referring to, though... very flat, smooth carpet with a kind of 'woven' looking surface. We had quite a few of them (there's only a couple left... most of them were converted to dustcatcher mats for under the machines when they wore out or the seam ripped). Problem is, I can't remember which supplier we got them from. At the time, we were dealing with AMF, Vantage, Eastern, Murrey, and JCP... so it's a bit hard to pin down where we bought 'em. They were great carpets, they tracked well and held up pretty good. the only flaw was the seam. I don't think any of them actually 'wore out'... the seam started peeling apart (almost looked like it was heat-sealed), but the surface and the back still looked very good.
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