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    Default my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    hi guys. the grease on my 486rc2 head dried out. i dont know why. i certainly didnt keep it in my dry cabi. anyway, should i grease it? and if i should, can i use WD40? or is there any other recommended greaser?

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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    never grease anything that requires friction/grip.

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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    Me too wanted to know what to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMSS_2
    never grease anything that requires friction/grip.
    Really? I regrease my 486RC2 after I came back from China due to sand in the ball head and it work a lot better then before ........

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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    Use the wrong grease = u screw up ur ballhead

    Check with Steven from CP on what types of grease to use. He told me about some brand last time and I forgot
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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    I have a 484RC2 and originally the ball is dry so no need of any greasing...works perfectly well too!
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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    just use the singer oil. 1-2 drops will do.

    i had used cooking oil on my manfrotto 268 big mama ball head. mounted 500mm + 1vhs + 550ex after that. no problem at all.

    important is not to over oil it.

    the head is design to not only use friction, but also mechnically locking the ball, like a bench vice.
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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    But after some time of usage, the ball will definitely take some physical beating.
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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee
    just use the singer oil. 1-2 drops will do.

    i had used cooking oil on my manfrotto 268 big mama ball head. mounted 500mm + 1vhs + 550ex after that. no problem at all.

    important is not to over oil it.

    the head is design to not only use friction, but also mechnically locking the ball, like a bench vice.
    this is correct

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    be careful what grease you use... if wrong type, too sticky/clingy, then grease + sand = liquid sandpaper...

    if the head don't need grease, don't grease it...in doubt, check with manufacturer...

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    Default Re: my 486rc2 head is dry. should i oil it?

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK
    be careful what grease you use... if wrong type, too sticky/clingy, then grease + sand = liquid sandpaper...

    if the head don't need grease, don't grease it...in doubt, check with manufacturer...
    Agree. Originally my ball head dun have any grease so dun need to grease it.
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