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    i was just wondering. which do you feel works better in the pingate latch, the roll pin or the shoulder bolt. i've come to favor the roll pin due to longer life. has anyone used the plastic pingate straps? if so, how well do they work? it seems that they would have a short service life. thanks...alex smith
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    Re: pingate latch

    I prefer the bolt over the roll pin any day, the roll pin lasted a little longer but was a pain to change. I tried a few plastic straps and didn't care for them at all.
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    • #3
      Re: pingate latch

      I have never tried the bolts so I can't give any input on that,but I do have the plastic pin gate straps(vantage only)and they work good.I tried the black ones from Quality and they were too flexable.We have had the white vantage ones on for 5 years had no problems,or pin gates locking.

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      • #4
        Re: pingate latch

        I like to hear that, we only tried the Quality and found them to be too flexable so gave up on them. We will check out the Vantage now though, seems like a great idea but gave up too soon after trying one company.
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        • #5
          Re: pingate latch

          I like the bolt over the roll pin also. With the roll pin anyone can change out the part without any down time. Now for the plastic v.s. metal I like the metal with a custom grind before install.
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          • #6
            Re: pingate latch

            I prefer the bolts. Yes, the roll pins have a longer life, but the bolts are so much easier to change while the machine is running (oops, forgot about OSHA). Just a note though, if you are going to run the bolts, you should have one of the newer style latches, or weld a small spacer in the front of the latch (to prevent the bolt from squeezing the latch and pinching the strap).

            I also use the same bolt to replace the x-washer pin in the indexing bellcrank. This makes the bellcrank/bolt a more solid pivot point, preventing the bellcrank hole from ovalling out.

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            • #7
              Re: pingate latch

              Another method of providing a support for the bolt to tighten on is to press a 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, 1/4 inch,OD roll pin just in front of bolt enabling one to positivly tighten bolt with no binding on latch.
              Bolts have to be run tight or they themselves will cause relatching
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              • #8
                Re: pingate latch

                I just have to say, but forget the bolt....

                Unless all of your latch asse.'s have the bridge casted across the fork end.... for without this casting bridge, tightening the bolt will simply collapes the fork in on it's self....

                and if the bolt isn't tight (like the roll pin is), the vibration will cause the bolt to losen.... once it's lose, your dead meat... the hole will wear ever so slightly and then a roll pin simply falls out (if you try to go back to a roll pin later)....

                Once the hole is worn, the latch is junk (at a cost of $59.00, last time I bought one).... it's much cheaper to buy a pkg of roll pins & the pin press Brinswick has in their tool chest (it takes me about 5 mins to change out a pin & strap during league).... I place a 1/2" open end wrench between the fork, as I press the new pin in(old one comes out/new one goes in, one shot), the wrench maintains the space between the fork.... then I grease the strap up & oil the pivot for tension spring on link....

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