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    How many of you do a preventive maintenance on your equipment? Every Sunday I do a three hour preventive maintenance and clean up of my equipment. I hardly ever get a call after 1700 hrs on Sunday and I don't get into watching football and if I'm home that is all that is on the boob tube. My wife is a football addict. So after dinner I head to my shop and turn the radio to Armed America. I pull all my machines out of my van and clean every thing up. I vac the van out and wash the inside windows, do an inventory of the truck and restock. I have 150' of 2" PVC buried in the ground with a removable cap at both ends and a Galv. tee 3" from the end I put the cable in, and I run the cable into it and fill it up with water and a bottle of Dawn dish washing liquid and let it soak. I then tear down at least one machine and do a rebuild. I take off all the safety covers and clean everything to make it look brand new, I take the retrievers apart and drop the parts into a cleaning basket and drop it into the parts washer while I clean the frame and baskets. I then rebuild the retriever and grease the hell out of every thing and wipe the frame down with WD-40. Once I have the machine back together I remove the caps on both ends of my 150' cleaning pipe and put the cap on the tee that has a pressure washer nozzle screwed into it, and fire up the jetter as I let my retriever do a slow retrieve back into the machine while I spray the cable that is in the basket with WD-40. When I'm done it looks like a new machine. I have had people comment to me on how clean and quiet my equipment is, and I think all appreciate me not dragging in filthy tools.
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    I do pretty much the same. I do a basic cleaning of my machines and cables dailey, then go into more in depth maintenance on Sunday. Not as crazy as you do, but I spend probably an hour every weekend cleaning them.
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    I'm guilty of doing next to nothing to my machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgar View Post
    I'm guilty of doing next to nothing to my machines.
    I'd say I'm about the same...
    Well maybe not...
    I keep a close eye on them and any problems I see with them I fix right away...

    Other than an occasional cleaning and lubricating or, rebuild of the retriever, I do very little maintenance work on my machines. Using the stainless steel bearings really keeps rebuilds to a minimum as long as I keep the retriever clean and lubricated.

    I use one of these with waterproof marine grease for packing the bearings in the retriever.



    As for cleaning the cable I run hot water on the retrieve and that's about it.

    If the machine gets mucked up on a job I'll wipe it down with Simple Green and a rag while cleaning up the job area or hose it off outside before it goes in the truck... I consider it as part of cleaning up after the job...

    Cleaning up the truck is pretty much part of the job for me as well, the tools get cleaned and put away after use, and other than emptying the trash bucket(s) not much cleaning goes on... every once in a while its time for a wash and empty the van floor to sweep it out but that's about it...
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    first of every moth they all get a lube job other than that clean them one or twice a year.

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    I keep my machines clean by not using them much also machine choice DM-55, drill and eel, k60 not being very busy spread the jobs out with 3 different machines keeps maintenance very simple. Lube is all I do.
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    what kinda lube are you guys using on your machines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBowhunter View Post
    what kinda lube are you guys using on your machines?
    I use marine grease
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBowhunter View Post
    what kinda lube are you guys using on your machines?
    I also use marine grease ! and I wd40 the connections of my sectionals almost every time I use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBowhunter View Post
    what kinda lube are you guys using on your machines?
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