Stringing Machine Maintenance

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  1. xHBvi3tbOix

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    What should I do to maintain the performance of my stringing machine, I am not sure if it matters but I have the Gamma Progression 602 FC. It is a dropweight machine
     
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    From the manual:
    "CARE and CLEANING
    With time and use, the clamping surfaces of your machine may become oily or dirty and result in string or clamp
    slippage while stringing. Periodic cleaning of the following parts is recommended.
    String Clamps:
    Clean the inside gripping surfaces of the string clamp jaws by inserting a cloth or pipe cleaner soaked with isopropyl
    alcohol between the jaws and rub back and forth. If the build-up is excessive, dismantle the string clamp jaws to
    expose the gripping surfaces by removing the adjustment screw. Using a small nylon brush, (such as a toothbrush),
    scrub the inside surfaces until all debris is removed. Clean the jaws with isopropyl alcohol and re-assemble.
    String Clamp Base:
    Clean the base of the clamps and the top of the turntable with isopropyl alcohol.
    String Gripper:
    Follow the same procedure for cleaning the string clamps."


    It's been suggested on this forum to use a shoelace soaked with alcohol for cleaning and I have to say that that works great. That's what I use.
     
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  4. ryangoring

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    i read in another thread about some users using a silicone spray on their swivel clamps to glide easier. is this true? i bought some and was gooing to use it but i wanted to make sure first by asking the many stringers here on the board
     
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  5. zapvor

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    i never had issues with swivel clamps gliding, but try it and let us know
     
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  6. Il Mostro

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    Even though you shouldn't have problems with your clamps bases and guide rails, periodic treatment with Guide Slide will make them lightning fast & smooth. I like this stuff.
     
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  7. ryangoring

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    but would it, the silicone stuff, keep the clamps sliding even after you clamp down on a string?
     
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    ^^^^^
    The Teflon based Guide Slide is far more slippery than silicone and does not hinder clamping at all, so you will not have problems.
     
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  9. Dags

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    I use it, and it works very well. Except for the one time I mistook it for my air duster, and sprayed it all over my freshly cleaned clamps... :oops:
     
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  10. ryangoring

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    where do you actually spray it on to
     
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  12. Dags

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    I spray it directly on the glide rail, aiming both on the top and inside. When doing this, I hold a cloth underneath with my other hand to catch any that goes through the gap. I'll then slide the clamps up and down to test the movement, and add more as necessary.
     
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  13. ryangoring

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    thanks dags, i will do that when i get home.

    another question for anyone, i have a czech ms 700 but the 6 point mounting is kinda clumsy for me, how do get around the blocked grommets?
     
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