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Old 08-04-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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PacBrake Rotation

I found and old thread from 2008 where Engineer Mike recommended rotating the PacBrake from vertical to a 45 degree, does this help with the operation of the PacBrake?

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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The idea was that it would stop the bottom bearing from seizing up as it would no longer be sitting in a pool of condensation. Mine is still vertical and have never had a problem. As long as you use the brake frequently I don't think it matters.

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IIRC I got that idea off a Yahoo group thread; there was a lot of chatter on the subject for a time. Apparently that got back to PacBrake, as they issued a statement that the brake should be left w/a vertical butterfly axle (i.e. don't rotate it), and they came out w/their own lube product with instructions for annual lubrication. I don't think rotating it will adversely affect operation as it was becoming common practice w/good reports form users. However there isn't any better practice than good lubrication for stuff that rusts.
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