Posted 06 February 2006 - 10:17 PM
I decided to pull apart my sled and do a little cleaning. I currently have a modified EFP. When it comes to the gimbal, I went back through the archives and checked on recommendations for lubricants. I just wondered if there were any updates or suggestions. I am concerned about finding a readily available lubricant here in Canada, and one that is rated into extreme cold. By that I mean down to the -30, -40 celcius range. Of course it must also be great at +35 celcius for summer/interior use too.
Does anyone recommend lubricating the needle bearings in the yoke? Or is this unneccesary?
Any other general tuning advice for the old EFP gimbal is much apprecated.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 12:04 AM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 12:16 AM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 07:38 AM
and asking them to put them in their ultra sonic cleaner
then re oil them with a fine watch/clock oil
Posted 10 February 2006 - 07:59 AM
As I own several gimbals, have rebuilt dozens of gimbals, and have recently designed and manufactured my own unit, I have some recommendations.
1. Clean that gimbal often, perhaps once a month or more if working in dust and grit filled environments.
2. Keep a supply of your chosen lube with you at all times.
3. If you lube your own gimbal, try using less than one "standard" drop as over time whatever lube installed
will lead to the collection of material within your bearing(s).
4. Check all fastenings on your gimbal daily or weekly. This is critical with the fork fasteners.
5. Secure and pad your gimbal during shipments. Especially airborne trips!
By taking a few steps to care for your gimbal, your work will improve as the most important moving part of your system performs as it was designed.
Brant S. Fagan, SOC