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Slide Maintenance


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Don't Slight Your Slides

Q:  Why is it important to keep the slides on your direct push machine tightened and to replace them when they're worn?
A:  Longer probe life and better machine performance.

Nylon slides on your Geoprobe®® machine are located between the foot and the tilt bracket, and between the hammer and the front of the foot.Geoprobe Systems® uses slides at key wear points on the unit to protect the machine during operation. Slides allow the working parts of the machine to move adjacent to each other without wear and without the need for lubrication (i.e., grease, oil). The slides also provide stability for the foot and the probe when they are properly tightened and not worn. When the bolts that hold the slides in place become loose, or the slides themselves become worn, you’ll notice additional movement in the foot and the probe cylinder. This puts your machine in jeopardy! As a result, the tilt bracket, foot, and probe cylinder, as well as other components of your machine, may become damaged or prematurely wear out. So, don’t slight your slides. Keep an eye on them and tighten/replace the slides when necessary. Service Bulletin No. 19808 is now available to help with this process. Or, you can schedule a makeover session for your Geoprobe® machine with the Resource Center guys and they’ll include a slide checkup when they service your machine.

BEFORE: Worn slides combined with the failure to keep bracket bolts tightened resulted in a bent tilt bracket on this machine. The probe foot could have popped out of the brackets and caused major damage!AFTER: The new slides and repaired tilt bracket maintain proper positioning of the probe foot during up and down movement. Stability is returned to the machine as the foot will no longer shift within the brackets while advancing or pulling the tool string.

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