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Old 05-02-2018, 03:54 PM
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Powdered graphite or something else?

Anyone prefer an alternative product besides powdered graphite for getting ball bearings on a yoke to spin as freely as possible? I just don't like that it gets all over my hands via the pipes for a while after applying. My hands are usually dirty enough as is. Sometimes I'll just wire-brush them for a minute to get rid of corrosion, but that treatment doesn't seem to help them spin well forever. Just curious, thanks.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:05 PM
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Beeswax

Try a little beeswax when they are hot.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:20 PM
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Old 05-02-2018, 05:27 PM
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I use beeswax
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I often put hot wax on my balls and they feel great. The only issue is that the wax will then get all over your hands, so you can wax your balls, spin them around with a stick, then stroke your stick with a cloth to remove the wax. Then then rub your balls with the cloth to get the excess hot wax off. Hot waxy balls = happy balls.
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i often put hot wax on my balls and they feel great. The only issue is that the wax will then get all over your hands, so you can wax your balls, spin them around with a stick, then stroke your stick with a cloth to remove the wax. Then then rub your balls with the cloth to get the excess hot wax off. Hot waxy balls = happy balls.
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Josh, and the beauty of using beeswax on the yolk bearings, especially if you're old and dried up like me, is the fact that your hands get the excess wax from the pipes to deal with dry, cracked fingers . No black hands either.
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Get yourself some stainless ball transfers. Pricey but worth it.
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A big yes to stainless steel ones. I don't think I've put graphite on mine in years.
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Didn't know what a "stainless steel ball transfer units" was, so googled it. Here's one that's $~12 - that seems reasonable for something that will last years. (OK, you need 2 of them...) Is this what you all are talking about, or is there something better suited?

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/m...iABEgJrjvD_BwE
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I often put hot wax on my balls and they feel great. The only issue is that the wax will then get all over your hands, so you can wax your balls, spin them around with a stick, then stroke your stick with a cloth to remove the wax. Then then rub your balls with the cloth to get the excess hot wax off. Hot waxy balls = happy balls.
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Ive heard that its best to pull very fast if you use wax. pulling slow can be very painful. (posting for a friend)
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Didn't know what a "stainless steel ball transfer units" was, so googled it. Here's one that's $~12 - that seems reasonable for something that will last years. (OK, you need 2 of them...) Is this what you all are talking about, or is there something better suited?

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/m...iABEgJrjvD_BwE
Hey Monte,

Yup, that's the right product. They tend to be called yoke rollers or just ball bearings by glassblowers, but industry calls them ball transfer units (I've always assumed it's because they're primarily used in factories for transferring product from one part of the line to the next).

The type of metal used for the ball bearing and its housing can be specified separately. The model you posted was a stainless steel ball with carbon steel housing. As a matter of personal preference, I usually get both the ball bearing and housing in stainless steel. Never done a side-by-side test to see if there's a real difference, I just pay an extra four bucks once every year or two to not worry about it.

The same size as the model you posted but using SS for everything is here: https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/m...using-2-inch-w. Good choice of vendor too, global industrial tends to have the best prices for these things.
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Didn't know what a "stainless steel ball transfer units" was, so googled it. Here's one that's $~12 - that seems reasonable for something that will last years. (OK, you need 2 of them...) Is this what you all are talking about, or is there something better suited?

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/m...iABEgJrjvD_BwE
That doesn't have a SS case. https://www.mcmaster.com/#ball-transfers/=1cokw1k

Best $50 I've spent in the shop.
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That doesn't have a SS case. https://www.mcmaster.com/#ball-transfers/=1cokw1k

Best $50 I've spent in the shop.
Indeed. Thanks for all the links everyone.
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:37 AM
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Ive never used wax or anything on my ss rollers but when they get used I blow them hard with compressed air- shit blows out of them and they work fine again.
Id say they last 5 years at last
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I looked up my order and it was April 2014. They have had graphite put on them once.
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Boron Nitride by ZYP Coatings, a little expensive but it goes a long way.
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Old 05-06-2018, 07:58 PM
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Googling that didnt make me any smarter
Could you elaborate some please
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Reminds me of a song

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you can wax your balls,
spin 'em round with a stick,
then stroke your stick with a cloth
remove the wax quick
then rub your balls to get the excess off
Hot waxy balls = happy balls.
Reminds me of The Wilbur Twist
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Anyone prefer an alternative product besides powdered graphite for getting ball bearings on a yoke to spin as freely as possible? I just don't like that it gets all over my hands via the pipes for a while after applying. My hands are usually dirty enough as is. Sometimes I'll just wire-brush them for a minute to get rid of corrosion, but that treatment doesn't seem to help them spin well forever. Just curious, thanks.

I use a mixture of Caruba and beeswax.
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