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#1 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:26 AM

As much as I hate to do this, I would like to clean out my XCS gimbal. I would love to hear what the latest and greatest lube for this job is. Recomendations? Experiences?

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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:57 AM

Hi Jeff,

I always used Arri High-speed oil, (that's what GPI uses). You can get a little bottle from ARRI, usually for free as it cost them more in paperwork as the bottle is worth. One bottle is a life's supply as you need only a drop per bearing...

Or you could just call GPI they...

Greg uses synthetic Castrol oil. Maybe the most fowl smell I ever smelled...


Hope that helps,


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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:37 AM

I use 2 tubes of Lisigav for the good jobs (naked people, golden showers etc...) and hi-speed arri oil for all the rest.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 11:31 AM

I use 2 drops of single malt for the good jobs (naked people, golden showers etc...) and hi-speed arri oil for all the rest.


Ron, I thought you were strictly a Lisigav guy?
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#5 Joshua Harrison

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 11:35 AM

Lisagav seems to be gaining popularity these days, quite innovative, it seems to take away that slight itching feeling in the gimbal.


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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:14 PM

Lisigav 100% One full tube on each bearing.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:51 PM

I use 2 tubes of Lisigav for the good jobs (naked people, golden showers etc...) and hi-speed arri oil for all the rest.



fixed! I don't know what I was thinking!
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#8 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:41 PM

One tube of the 'gav for my gimbal, and another for BJ.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 05:20 PM

Lisigav and golden showers. I think I am a little disturbed by this.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 06:42 PM

Jeff,

I use the Arri high speed oil as well. CSC sells the bottles (and a nifty needle applicator). Just go into their "store" and they have it behind the counter. I think it was ten bucks or so but it will last forever.

I'm out of town now, but when I return (late August) I'm goona clean mine. If you don't get around to it before then, we can do the back yard gimbal cleaning over beers.

Cheers,

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#11 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:05 AM

Jeff,


I'm out of town now, but when I return (late August) I'm goona clean mine. If you don't get around to it before then, we can do the back yard gimbal cleaning over beers.

Cheers,

Alec


Thanks Erwin and Alec. I am terrified of this process. As I am afraid of changing the "feel? I may just take you up on the "back yard gimbal cleaning" ... and beer. Funny, after all these years and 4 gimbals later, I have never opened up a gimbal. It might have been that old photo of Ted with little silver balls all over the place and his tweezers that has left me scared for life.
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#12 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:51 AM

Jeff and Alec,
If you do end up doing a team cleaning, how about we video this and put it onto Afton's Steadishots site?

That would be awsome, because I too have never been or seen inside a gimbal, let alone cleaned one. Even in my Model 2 flying days, I was blessed with a clean gimbal.
so what do you think?
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#13 Erwin Landau

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 02:02 AM

That were the times of non captured bearings in the early Model 3...

I have taken my and other Gimbals apart that many times... I think I should start to do the military drill with covered eyes... maybe not.

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