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#1 Brian Leid

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:34 PM

I have a Panther Lightweight dolly with their old style track wheels. I just replaced the 14 year old Panther track with new Matthews track. On the new track, the wheels squeak. This did not happen on the Panther track.
One of our guys remembers hearing about some product(like WD-40)you can spray on the track to eliminate the squeaks. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
I probably should just replace the wheels, so if you have recomendations for wheels let me know.
Thanks
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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:40 PM

Don't use WD-40, it'll make a mess. Something like Endust usually works well. I like to spray it on a rag and then rib this on the rail so as not to make a mess. I also use the lemon-scented version so as not to cause a stink on set.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:04 PM

The squeak is gone, the track is shiney and everything smells lemony fresh.
Thanks Mitch.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:29 PM

Never use WD-40, Baby Power kids that's the best way to get rid of it and does no damage.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:32 PM

Pledge or end-dust will work for a while, but a time will come when the wheels are too gunked up with dirty wax, at which point you should switch to silicone spray.
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#6 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:37 PM

Pledge or end-dust will work for a while, but a time will come when the wheels are too gunked up with dirty wax, at which point you should switch to silicone spray.


I always use Baby powder but if Pledge/Endust is eventually going to gunk up the wheels,and you like
to use a spray, why not simply
start out with silicone spray rather than switching to it?
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 09:58 AM

It's all about politics. Some people are really attached to using Pledge. Also, if you're in a practical location, maybe it's easier to clean up baby powder. If you want to be neat about spraying, you can spray the silicone (or Pledge) into a piece of cloth and the wipe down the track, or, point the right at the wheels and roll the dolly back and forth.

Edited by Jon Rosenbloom, 19 July 2007 - 09:59 AM.

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#8 Rik Andino

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 11:52 PM

Pledge is usually the most common use lubricant on dolly tracks and wheels
It is easy to get not very expensive and doesn't leave a mess like baby powder
I'm unsure if gunks up the wheels...but them again most grips don't repair dollies we just operate them. ;)

I say let he rental companies worry about their dolly's wheels...and use the quick solution.
Quick solutions are usually most perferably onset even though they'll cost you later on.
It's craxy I know but that's the business.
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#9 Mitch Gross

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 09:49 PM

Have you ever used silicon spray in quantity and then have to work around that dolly all day, perhaps for weeks? That's why people use Pledge.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:58 PM

Have you ever used silicon spray in quantity and then have to work around that dolly all day, perhaps for weeks? That's why people use Pledge.


No, I have no idea. I remember using silicon spray as a kid on a sticky winter coat zipper and some
toys and it seems to me that it was pretty strong stuff if you breathed it in. Is that what you mean?
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:32 PM

Yup. I think any dolly grip who insisted on using silicon spray on dolly wheels all the time would quickly be thrown off set, or at least be the butt of many torturous practical jokes for revenge. The stuff stinks.
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#12 Michael Nash

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:55 PM

Furniture polish can create a slipping hazard on smooth floors and will gunk up carpets (and putting furny pads under the track isn't always practical or safe). Baby powder sweeps or vacuums right up from any surface, and doesn't accumulate into a gunky mess. That said, I've used both many times and polish works a little better.

This kind of reminds me of the petrolium-vs.-wax lube argument for mountain bike gears. White Lightning has never let me down! ;)
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