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    Was walking behind machines yesterday before leagues and noticed that a brand new wood plank was almost cracked in half.

    These are the new laminated ones. I am not sure if they are even made of maple anymore.


    I dont even have a very high lineage center. Its got me a bit worried. I believe this wont be the last one to break in half.

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    Clutch I had one that was only two weeks old do the same thing at Drills place after they put the new machines in. They just don't make them like they used to.
    They say that the **** rolls down hill but the smell always starts at the top.

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    • #3
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      I hope you're wrong, in the last 2 weeks i have changed almost a dozen wooden planks, I do a big revision in a 18 lane center and a 8 lane center.

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      • #4
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        CP, Where are they cracking? Are they seperating at the lamination? Are they broken in half? I started making laminated wood planks in '85 and other people thought it was a good idea and about two years ago they began to use the same process. My laminate planks were made of quality plywood lumber. There are lots of the solid ash planks from 1982 still in the machines.
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        • #5
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          Most of the ones I bought from JCP are breaking in half, and the ones from AMF are holding up good so far. Bring back the solid planks!

          Mike
          Mike

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          • #6
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            Solid is the way to go IMO. Every laminate I've used always broke or cracked in half. Of course that was quite a few years ago. They may make them better these days.

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            • #7
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              The older "solid" planks are five to six piece glue ups. They would split apart at the glue line. The solid ash planks that I made are still in use, for the most part. The problem is the price of six quarter wood boards. The wood for one plank was about $20 in '85 and that was the wholesale cost if I bought $1,500 load. You have a lot of waste when you make two planks out of a twelve foot board. Ten foot boards may have a check on each end, which means you get one plank per board. Twelve footer's are considered premium and cost more.
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              • #8
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                Stahls tuffy planks are the bomb. A little heavier in weight, but no problems now for 4 years. The facings are really nice too, just dont wear as quickly. JMHO.
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by amfpinboy:
                  CP, Where are they cracking? Are they seperating at the lamination? Are they broken in half? I started making laminated wood planks in '85 and other people thought it was a good idea and about two years ago they began to use the same process. My laminate planks were made of quality plywood lumber. There are lots of the solid ash planks from 1982 still in the machines.
                  <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Mine split right in the center and then the crack worked its way towards shock end. If I left it in for much longer it would of definetly broke in half.

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                  • #10
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                    When the small strip of wood on the bottom of the plank seperates(and it always seems too) the laminated plank crack in half like your talking about. They need to fasten that strip better.

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                    • #11
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                      The front strip should be 9/16 ash or another good hardwood. I made some 5/8's thick, but the lower rivet holes on the bottom need to be deeper to releive the extra pressure from the thicker strip. Again, every thing comes back to material and labor. I made a plank out of red babinga (elephant wood) for Universal Camspin, out of Brooklyn, N. Y.. The material cost me $50 and half a dozen different drill bits. This wood will not break, BUT no one is going to pay $ 100 for a cushion plank.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by MCSS:
                        Most of the ones I bought from JCP are breaking in half, and the ones from AMF are holding up good so far. Bring back the solid planks!

                        Mike
                        <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I have installed several JCP units since last summer without a problem however I do know that they had a bad batch of them and I had to wait for the new ones to come in when I ordered several months ago.

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                          Originally posted by misterx:
                          </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by MCSS:
                          Most of the ones I bought from JCP are breaking in half, and the ones from AMF are holding up good so far. Bring back the solid planks!

                          Mike
                          <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I have installed several JCP units since last summer without a problem however I do know that they had a bad batch of them and I had to wait for the new ones to come in when I ordered several months ago. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Glad to hear they may have fixed the problem. I don't order from them any more as most of there parts don't fit right or break. Had to modify 2 table yokes, and the springs on the front of the machine for the spot/respot lever break fast, and the spot/respot cams wear fast leaving shreds of metal everywhere.

                          Mike
                          Mike

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                          • #14
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                            Use the Vantage plastic plank. I have never had one fail.

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                            • #15
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                              not very good are they guys. or should i say cheap and nasty.
                              maister

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