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Old 05-18-2020, 07:34 AM
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Default Lockformer Pittsburgh Machine lagging

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I just purchased a small Lockformer Pittsburgh machine, and the while it runs and makes a nice seam, it does not push the metal through towards the end, and I have to "drag it through" to complete the seam and get the piece out. Is there an adjustment or something with the last few rollers that can fix this? Or is there a general adjustment to all the rollers that needs to be made?

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Had this happen to my machine and it was wmckane who had the answer.
The last guide roller on the bottom left was seized.
A good cleaning and lots of lube got it rolling again.

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Old 05-19-2020, 03:07 PM
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Man, I had forgotten that. Glad it worked. Happy to say that I still have a job, that at work we are still Covid free, and most of all that I have a beautiful new grandson. I can't go to see him of course but his birth has driven me to do the unthinkable: I gave up the flip phone for a smart phone so that I can do all of that face stuff. My children are amazed. As to how I'm acclimating to it this will tell you all you need to know--the other day I discovered that I'd downloaded a Maylasian-English dictionary. Don't have a clue...
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Thanks, I checked the two rollers on the left, and neither were totally seized. That is definitely the point where it is getting stuck, as I watched it with the cover off after reading your reply.

I oiled pretty good, still lagging a bit (mostly with small pieces, as I presume the larger pieces have more metal for the rollers to grip and help push it through)

I’ll continue to try to lube it, thanks
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Don't remember the name now but we a used spray that removes zinc buildup on the rollers.
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Ditto on the cleaner. I can't remember the name either but I got it from Marty @ Marty's Classic Machinery. The cardboard I put under the machine to catch the crud looked like it was painted with Never-Seize. You might want to check the adjustment of the rolls also. For what its worth, I cleaned the inside of my barfold with the spray also, removing 60 years of galvanize and crud really made a difference on it too.

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Could it be called Galv Off? I have been out of the shop for years.
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Thank you all for the help... after a few Google searches, I found the website for “Marty’s Classic Machinery”, and on his home page he’s running a special on some stuff called “Lubaroll”. After researching that, it appears Flagler makes it, and it is a degalvanizing spray. Does that ring a bell to anyone?
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That's what I used. He would probably sell you one can instead of buying a case of it if you want. He would probably give you some advice on your problem if you shoot him an e-mail or phone call. He helped me out with some parts and advice for my Flagler machine several years ago. Great guy to talk to, deal with. My wife doesn't even say any thing when I buy something from him! John
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Awesome. Thanks, I will reach out to him and see if I can get my hands on it, and maybe any other advice he might have concerning my problem. He’s got a nice site and looks like he knows his stuff
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