I have a big heavy unit.
Its nothing to be proud of, I have had it as long as I can remember.
I find the extra size and length of throw to be a real advantage and it accommodates everything I chuck at it, Big magnums all the way down to little peashooters.
It gets in the way sometimes when in storage and I have banged my toes and shin on it more times than I can remember, but I try and get it out and use it as much as possible, stops it getting dusty and keeps my hand in so to speak.
Its well used, seen plenty of action, but its not worn out.
No point trying to tart it up now, I leave it with that "well used" look, not one for painting and polishing
It has that smooth, comfortable feeling you get with things that have been handled a lot.
Every now and then I see a bit of rust on the outside edges, but a quick rub with a wire brush or wire wool and some liberal oiling gets rid of that.
On the whole I try my best to look after it as I would hate to ever have to replace it. But I havent gone so far as to name the bloody thing....that's just weird
Its always performed faultlessly over the years, never missed a stroke and I have always been very happy with the results.
As have most of those on the receiving end of its work.
But lately I have found the shaft has been a bit sticky.
Not massively so, you can push on through, but sometimes you have to really push and pull to get it cycling back and forth smoothly....sometimes quite an effort involved, get a right sweat up during a long session.
Seems to be in the middle of the stroke rather than at the end
I have tried cleaning the shaft, degreasing it, keeping the dust and bits out of the little opening in the end and round the edges.
I tried a bit of oil which solved the problem for the job at hand but after a while I found the oil started to harden and make matters worse. thought i had broken it once when it was stuck solid. very worrying
Not sure if it is the shaft that is the problem or the hole.
It still has a nice tight fit and there doesn't seem to be any unwanted slop that might have caused wear
I gave them both a damn good scrub and clean which solved the problem temporarily
But it still seizes up when I go to use it if it has been out of action for a little while.
I keep it warm and dry so the shaft itself doesn't have any rust on it.
The shaft is usually at the bottom of its stroke which keeps the dust of it so it cant be that.
Question is....do I really want to be using grease on a regular basis?
I am worried that it might attract particles and dirt and act as an abrasive.
That brings a tear to the eyes just thinking about that
just want my old action back as all this effort is putting my back out
What do other do with their Rockchucker shafts?
[This is not a picture of my actual shaft, just a library picture for graphical purposes, mine is much smoother and cleaner than this one..]