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09-04-2006 10:07 PM  14 years ago
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karakoram

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What is "The Greaser" for sealed bearings on RC Helis, RC Cars, etc.
I have been out of RC Heli's for a while, and was surprised to learn that people now a-days don't konw what the "Greaser" is.

Well, here you go:

http://www.runryder.com/p2202365/?highlight=karakoram
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09-04-2006 11:37 PM  14 years ago
wurthless

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FYI you can do the smae thing by putting a little grease on you hand and "rub" it in the bearing,,,messy but it works,,,,PM me if you want more details,,,QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-05-2006 12:01 AM  14 years ago
Roamer

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While the palm method works perfectly well on LARGE bearings (car axle...), it doesn't work so well the small, shielded bearings we have on our RC vehicles.

You just can't get the same consistent, even pressure ALL the way around the bearing with your hand as you can with the Greaser. Not even close.

Heck, I just used mine (10 minutes ago) to clean up a sealed bearing from one of my router bits. It was very tight and didn't rotate that smoothly. I popped out both seals and then give it a shot though the Greaser. Out came the nasty "stuff" that used to be grease and in went the good stuff. After putting it back together (seals), it rotated smoother than it ever had (this bearing has always been tight from day one. Even without the seals in place it was tight due to the crappy grease they used at the factory).

Of course, properly cleaning the bearing is solvent and THEN regreasing works much better, but I didn't feel like putting the effort in for this bearing.

Feeling lazy today!
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09-05-2006 04:29 AM  14 years ago
wurthless

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Well call me a liar if you like,,but I have had great results from doing it by hand. I can run the grease in just fine even on the smallest bearings on my heli. Proof is when I put them on a shaft and spin them with the eletric drill to purge out the excess grease not needed (you do this don't you?). Bright clean new grease swirls out like it should and gets distributed very nicely around the entire bearing. Maybe you just need to learn HOW to do it by hand Stop by some time I'll show yaQUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-05-2006 06:42 AM  14 years ago
w.pasman

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Works great. I would not try this by hand, it's messy enough with the greaser already.
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09-05-2006 03:32 PM  14 years ago
wurthless

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some of us like getting our hands dirtyQUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-05-2006 11:14 PM  14 years ago
GMPheli

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I have been greasing the little shielded bearings we use in our helis for years just by working the grease through like Wurthless says. I just block the inner race with something (piece of shaft that is the same size, or even paper towel) and then put a glob of grease on the side of the bearing, and smush it with your finger. some goes into the bearing, and some oozes to the side. wipe the stuff that oozed back on the bearing, and smush it again. Add grease as needed. In less than a minute you will have grease coming evenly out the other side of the bearing. When it comes out clean you are done. I don't need no stinkin greaser, and yes you can do it just as good without it. (better actually cause it don't cost nuthin)
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09-06-2006 12:53 AM  14 years ago
wurthless

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But you get your hands dirty,!!!!! QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-06-2006 01:18 AM  14 years ago
karakoram

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I have found that greasing the swashplate by hand is nearly impossible, however, the greaser makes it a snap.

If you don't want to use the greaser then don't. Its your choice. I like using it because it makes my life easier (and less messy). The right tool for the right job and all that.
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09-06-2006 01:49 AM  14 years ago
wurthless

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Your absolutly right,,it's your choice,,,,I just choose to use the $$$$ for fuelQUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-06-2006 01:52 AM  14 years ago
Roamer

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I'm with ou karakoram.

And I wasn't calling you a lier wurthless, but the FACT still remains that when you use the palm method, you are only able to force grease into the bearing at one location at a time, which allows the dirt and crap to get pushed around from side to side instead of being forced up and out by the even pressure provided by the Greaser.

But, as you said, it's your dime, so YOU get to decide how to spend it!
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09-06-2006 01:53 AM  14 years ago
Professorwiz

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I have to chime in too, a buddy let me use his "greaser" and now I have a hard time giving it back, when I tore my heli down it's a pain to hand smear 20 some odd bearing good. Heck took no time at all to do them all with the greaser..
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09-06-2006 01:59 AM  14 years ago
karakoram

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It's like my pair of ball joint pliers. I could have saved $30 by not buying them, but I think I saved more than the $30 they cost me, by saving TIME and AGGRAVATION. Same with the greaser.
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09-06-2006 03:08 AM  14 years ago
wurthless

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Sure I'd use it if I had someone to borrow it from,,,,But I don't ( can I borrow your's?)so I do it the old fasioned way. And I assure you it works like a charm.QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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09-06-2006 11:25 AM  14 years ago
Helinutnz

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I used the handjob a while ago but found it less than satisfying after getting my "greaser". I wouldn't go back.....
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09-06-2006 03:17 PM  14 years ago
wurthless

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I used the handjob a while ago but found it less than satisfying
try a little soft music and some pictures of pretty girls
but the FACT still remains
don't confuse a fact with your OPINION
QUICK! ,,,can someone turn the gravity off for just a second,,,,
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