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    I have a pair of lanes that the light balls are not quite getting to the front lift. Lacks about 8 inches getting there. I have change acc. belt still the same. Wondering if anybody else has had this problem.

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    If it is only one pair I would check to make sure there is nothing in the track that could be slowing the balls down, sometimes old ball wipes for example can lay across the track and will be enough to slow light balls.what size drive pulley are you using on the drive motor?You could alway change to a bigger pulley.

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      If it is only the one pair that is giving you trouble with light balls, I would look to see if the retarder track is in good repair and clean. A quick check is to change sides. Flip-flop for a lack of a better term. The ball will roll on a new part of the carpet in a different pattern than before. Another idea would be to put in new retarder carpet on both sides. If you have down sweep rags in use, dirty ones will stop the light ball 3-4 feet from the power lift as well. Other than that, look for an obstruction in the ball track, down sweep, and the transfer at the retarder.

      Mark
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      • #4
        Re: light ball problem

        Ratchetwrist is right about this one and I have experienced this myself. If retarder carpets haven't been replaced at all or in a very long time light balls will be stopped by the worn out carpet. I have installed new retarder carpet in about 3/4 of the house. New retarder carpet should cure your problem.

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          We had a pair that did this. The retarder carpets were a different grade than the newer ones. The pile was much thicker and longer. I sped up the accelerators to 1 11/16" and changed the carpets. No problems since and the balls still enter the lift slowly enough not to cause problems.
          <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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          • #6
            Re: light ball problem

            I had the same problem with the ball wipes that are in front of the accelerator, had to remove them or light balls would not make it back.

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            • #7
              Re: light ball problem

              Ditto on the down wipers here, causes lots of havoic with 6lbers if the wipes are dirty.
              Marty

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              • #8
                Re: light ball problem

                Thanks for all the input. I filp flop the retarders on one pair and it helped. also ordered some new strips.

                Thanks Again

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