Balancer maintenance

Discussion in 'Magna-Matic' started by jcltyson, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. jcltyson

    jcltyson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    Gert,
    Is there ever a need to lubricate (even lightly) the turning mechanism of the balancer with oil or something like WD-40 to keep things moving properly or is a simple wipe sufficient?
    Thanks,
     
  2. Magna-Matic

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    Hello Jcltyson,

    Do not lubricate the balancer, it is lubricated with a special grease. Read the care instructions in the manual. You can use WD-40 to clean the outside, but do not put it on the slide - WD-40 is an cleaning oil. It will clean off and break down the grease that is in the balancer.

    Most important thing you can do is, push the magnet back to keep the slide covered when not in use.

    You can send balancers in to us for cleaning, regrease, and recalibration. Generally if there is no re-machining necessary, this service is at no cost.

    Thank you,
     
  3. jcltyson

    jcltyson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    Gert,
    How would one know when a unit needed cleaning, regreasing, or re-calibrating or should there be a routine check-up every few years? What are you thoughts?
    Thanks,
     
  4. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Cool service after the sale magna matic keeping customers first.
     
  5. Magna-Matic

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    Hello All,

    It depends on use, and how clean your shop environemnt is. If the magnetic chuck moves nice and smooth, it is functioning properly.

    If the slide is siezed or moves only with extreme push or pull force, then it will require service. Or if you can feel grit in the slide as you pull/push it. The problem that occurs is that if dirt and grit settle on the slide and then it is moved back and forth with use - the grit will cut up the slide, making it sloppy. This will make the balancer less accurate.

    For anyone interested here are the instructions for the balancer, care instructions are in the back.

    http://www.magna-matic.com/support/prod_instructions.html

    Please note, the "free" inspection/cleaning of balancers that i mentioned in my last post would only be subject to shipping costs. But generally as long as there is no machining/replacment parts we provide the inspection/clean/regrease/calibration at no cost.

    Thank you,
     
  6. jcltyson

    jcltyson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    Gert,
    Thanks for answering my questions concerning these products. I realize they may seem a bit trivial but I feel the sensitivity of these insterments could cause inaccurate results with just a small amount of unforseen interferance. I've used the 9000/1000 combo on a couple of sets so far and could tell so much difference. Even a new set of OEM blades were out of balance. After trimming them back into, what the MAG 1000 said was in balance I could tell a difference in the sound of the deck and most importantly the smoothness of the feel of the ZTR when the blades are engaged. The cut was great also. So far ... so good.
    Being in the early stages of learning geometrics and logistics of lawn mower blade habits I feel I know enough to be dangerous. Ya gota start somewhere.
    Thanks again..
     
  7. Magna-Matic

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    Hello jcltyson,

    You're on the right track!!
     
  8. Ironic

    Ironic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 353

    generally speaking, how long does it take to service a balancer?
    I couldn't afford to be without mine for more than a week.
     
  9. Magna-Matic

    Magna-Matic Sponsor
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    Hello,

    We generally turn around a balancer in one day, so its just the shipping to and from. If you ship with UPS we'll recieve it in the morning, and then can ship it out in the evening the same day. Fedex and the mail, come later in the day, and do not always make it out the same day.

    As long as we can get a hold of the customer with the quote, one day turn around is no problem.

    Thank you,
     
  10. The Grass Guy

    The Grass Guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    Are the balancers a little stiff the first few times after purchase ?
     

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