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  • Yo-Yo trouble

    Hi Everybody,

    I have 24 lanes Center and I have ball return prob. Someone here use Carpet Strip on Ball Wheel???? give me any solution for that problems......

    Thank.... :-)

  • #2
    Re: Yo-Yo trouble

    Contact Ed Fox for a sample of his traction material.....

    Jerry

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    • #3
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      We were using carpet strips on the ball elevator wheels. The carpet sheds as it wears and you have fuzzies all over the place. We got some of the cork strips from Ed Fox and that is what the head mechanic plans on using from now on. The cork strips seem to do the trick and no fuzzies all over the place.
      Howard

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      • #4
        Re: Yo-Yo trouble

        Hello: Ball problems can be a number of things, How far do you oil? How often do you change carpet covers? How often and what do you clean your ball wheel and lift rod rubber with? When was the last time you changed your lift rod rubber? Brunswick sells a thin traction rubber that has a sticky surface on 1 side to stick to the ball wheel. I use this on my ball wheels, clean daily, change carpet covers weekly and change lift rod rubber about every 5 years. Very rearly do I have a ball call. Oiling is a tricky thing just as any customer, we never get it right.
        Wags

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        • #5
          Re: Yo-Yo trouble

          Wags makes excellent points I would add not to forget your ball wheel adjustment since a wobbling ball wheel will definately give you some yo-yo.Also be sure your guide roller especially the grooved lower roller is in good condition.Good luck.

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          • #6
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            I don't think we run our lanes as slick as you guys but I have a firm rubber strip on all my ball wheels (about 12" long) with a feathered leading edge to feed the ball into the lift and prevent damage to the softer balls, I use regular contact adhesive to stick them on and I only have to restick one or two a month, I use old pit board covers cut up for this purpose.

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            • #7
              Re: Yo-Yo trouble

              Forgot to mention - scuff the ball wheel up slightly before sticking the strip on, I use an angle grinder, VERY LIGHTLY!!!!

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              • #8
                Re: Yo-Yo trouble

                Originally posted by bowlmechuk:
                Forgot to mention - scuff the ball wheel up slightly before sticking the strip on, I use an angle grinder, VERY LIGHTLY!!!!
                <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Funny you should mention thet. I use an angle grinder with a cut off wheel installed on my wheels. Holding the grinder almost flat, I grind the wheel just enough to give a light texture. A 60 grit flap disk does almost as well. I very rarely have any ball return problems, and if I do, I just scuff the wheel a bit to restore the texture. The ball wheel is not rough enough to cause ball damage after this treatment. I do not use any strips on the wheel either. And this is with 42' fairly heavy oil.

                The ball wheels also get cleaned daily with diluted Simple Green.
                <span style="font-style: italic">Sometimes it is best to use good advice from many individuals to achieve the ultimate result.</span>

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