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  1. TheLambsheadrep

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    As I was cleaning my machine, I started wiping up black gunk from along the rail where my fixed clamps slide. I realized this was oil or some lubricant and I probably shouldn't take it off. Should I re-lube or re-oil the rails for my clamps, is it that important? I would think you wouldn't want a slippery substance between the camp and the rail, since (especially for Eagnas machines) you hear a lot of complaints about clamps sliding while pulling tension...
     
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  2. Andyroo10567

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    I only use lubricant/oil on the glide-bar track. Never on the rails for the clamps. I usually whipe down the track every month or so.
     
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  3. Irvin

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    Assuming you got that old Eagnas you were looking at I would thoroughly clean it well from top to bottom. if I remember right that machine had swivel clamps and You Siam it had cob webs all over it. I would put a good lubricate on those rails.
     
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  4. TheLambsheadrep

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    Yes, I did get that one. I gave it a good wipe down, and that's how I accidentally rubbed the oil off. More dust than cob webs, but yes, unused and it needed a cleaning.

    So it should be assumed that since the oil was there in the first place + you're saying I should re-lube, it's there for a reason (is it for multiple reasons?). I'm just not seeing it I guess, since the way I see it it would only aid grip slippage. Any specific suggestions for an oil or lube, is WD-40 adequate?
     
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    I was stringing some racquets the other day on my neos and the clamps were not sliding smoothly at all, I applied some rubbing alcohol on the clamp bars but it did nothing, so I put a little wd40 on a paper towel then applies a little to the clamp bars. I didn't put much but it made such a big difference. The clamps never slipped when clamping on the string and releasing the tension head.
     
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  6. Irvin

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    You don't want much because it collects dust. I udr a drop or two of machine oil on a cotton bal to wiper the sliding rods that go in the grip bases and the top of the roils. I have never sprayed it down with anything like WD-40.
     
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  8. hyperion99

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    Try the Teflon/Silicone lubricant or just Teflon .
    It works wonders for me.
    The Teflon/Silicone mix will still attract dust since the lubricant still has silicone in it but it'll stay more lubricated.
    But if you get the Teflon lubricant alone it won't attract dust, however it won't be wet like the silicone.
    The Teflon will create a dry film of lubricant.
     
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    at least it's packaged as such....

    any silicon and/or teflon loob should be fine, just don't be excessive with it. a little goes along way. maybe even try the "dry" form.

    edit: keep it off your string clamps and grippers, clean with alcohol, etc.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    You may also want to check out the Brake Free CLP that was mentioned in the link I gave you. It may be available at your local Wal-Mart and you can check availability online. It's Cleaner, Lubricate, and Preservative. Don't know where they got the name for it. You may find it in the gun section or if you order it online pick it up at customer service and there is no shipping.
     
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  13. hyperion99

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    Have you ever used this item Irvin?
     
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  14. Irvin

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    TheLambsheadrep if you have not purchased a product yet this CLP may be just the ticket for all the exposed metal parts on the stringer. I would not go too far though and get it on the clamps or gripper surfaces though. And if you get a residue on your hands while stringing the CLP could transfer to the string and get into the gripping surfaces so be careful.
     
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  15. Irvin

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    No I have not but I think some of the users us suggested it in that previous post know what they're talking about.

    EDIT: I have got "half-a-mind" to stop by Wal-Mart and pick some up to try it. OK I know what you're thinking.
     
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    I bought some of this very product from GSS a number of years ago. It is fantastic. And a very little dab'll do ya. I still have my original bottle.
     
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  17. Irvin

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    I stopped by WalMart and picked up some CLP tonight. I cleaned one clamp base, hostel, and rail with alcohol and the other side with CLP. The is a noticeable difference. The CLP side operated much smoother. So I cleaned both sides with the CLP and now they match.
     
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    I've been using CLP Break Free for years and on my machines. It comes in a spray and bottle. I was in Lowes Home Improvement store, and in the check out (impulse isle) rack I saw a few products from DuPont that contained Teflon (PTFE).
     
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  19. Irvin

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    CLP contains PTFE and other proprietary lubricants. Interestingly enough Gamma does not recommend using any lubricate on the rails but I did perk their interest and they have some CLP on order.
     
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  20. hyperion99

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    Thanks for the feedback Irvin.
    I'll probably get some for myself:)

    I'm curious why Gamma doesn't allow lubricants on the rails of their stringers.
     
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  21. Irvin

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    Their answer to me was if you are getting ready for a tug of war would you dip your hands in oil first for a better grip?

    I wiped down the rails and clamp base bottom first with a dry cloth. Then put a little CLP on a cotton ball and wiped the surfaces then again wiped it well with the dry cloth. I can see their point if I had too much CLP on there. When cleaning the Hosel of the clamp base and the clamp shaft I left used s bit more CLP and did not wipe it dry.

    John said he was going to get some to try it. If he gets back with me I will let you know.
     
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  22. jmpsmash

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    most of these specialized lubes are repackaged and then the retail price jacked up. just buy any teflon based lube from your local hardware store.

    having said that. i have have good luck with using bike lube for my machine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRZmJXAo5yw
     
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  23. hyperion99

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    Hi Irvin.
    How's the CLP holding on the stringer?
     
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