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DLX Mixer Maintenance??

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baltochef

DLX Mixer Maintenance??

I am curious as to what lubricant other DLX owners are using to lubricate the pin that holds the roller in place so that it can spin on the spring-loaded arm??..Food grade mineral oil??..Mine is getting a bit stiff to slide up and down within the sleeve in the arm, and I need to purchase some lubricant..


Thanks, Bruce

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ehanner

Bruce,


I would look at the plastic bearing surface inside the roller and try to find a gentle way to clean it. If yours is getting tight I would guess it has a thin layer of foreign material or perhaps the plastic has become galled and is no no longer smooth. A drop of mineral oil wouldn't hurt, especially because of the fact that the bottom of the roller is a sealed unit. If the pin isn't smooth, maybe it was defective and has been chewing away at the bearing surface. I have never heard of any similar issue with the DLX.


Eric

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baltochef

Eric


My roller is fine, no problems whatsoever with it..It is the pin, as it slides up and down within the friction-fit sleeve inside of the spring-loaded arm that I desire to lubricate..In other words, I am having some difficulty in pushing the pin through the arm into the roller to install it; and conversely I am having some difficulty in pulling the pin up through the arm in order to release the roller for bowl removal, and cleaning..It is requiring a bit more force to install, and remove, the roller than when the DLX was newer..


Bruce

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ehanner

I didn't understand where the binding is.  There is a snap ring in there somewhere I had to fool with once. Maybe it's out of place. Just a thought.


Eric

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maurdel

Since everything is pretty visible you've probably checked  and cleaned it numerous times, but I don't understand why it would start to bind up unless something has become trapped  there. Why not try some relatively clean vegetable oil. It may loosen something you have not seen.