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Old 02-16-2010, 06:43 PM   #15
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Is there an decent alternative to buying a Cyclo polisher for the final finish?
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:53 PM   #16
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:32 AM   #17
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keep an eye on craigslist, just picked up a nice used cyclo for $100. The thing I really like is that all the replacement parts are available.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:05 AM   #18
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I use a Porter Cable 7424. Look for em on eBay, if you want a deal... Half the price of a Cyclo... but half the heads, too.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:43 AM   #19
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I use a Porter Cable 7424. Look for em on eBay, if you want a deal... Half the price of a Cyclo... but half the heads, too.

I was hoping to hear this is a good option. I want this for my car too.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:42 AM   #20
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Cyclo rebuild

When I bought my 65 Caravel from a nice fellow in AK., I noticed an old Cyclo polisher inside the trailer and asked if that goes with it. Sure, he said, "I only paid $5 for it at a garage sale, it's yours".

About a year later I used the Cyclo for the first time and it worked OK but I had noticed some whining noise but didn't think much of it until last week when I started to get serious about polishing my trailer. The whine had turned into a screeching, ear-ringing, howl that made the tool unusable. I figured a bearing was shot so I took it apart and sure enough, felt some gravely rough bearing movement, found the parts online
Cyclo Toolmakers and proceeded to do a complete rebuild when I noticed
something almost unbelievable. This tool was made in 1955, March 28, 1955 to be exact. That was ten years older than my Airstream and I was so impressed with it's longevity that I had vowed to not to let this old tool die.
I replaced all of the bearings, the power cord, brushes, cleaned, greased, polished and in the process of resurrecting this machine, found out that the company was founded in 1952 and the first production machines were made in 1953. The design is basically the same as it is today and all of the parts along with rebuild instructions are still available at Cyclotoolmakers.com. The cost of my total rebuild was slightly less than $100 and for this reason, I would suggest buying a used Cyclo Polisher and rebuilding it yourself for about a third of the cost of a new one and in all likelihood it will outlive you.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:59 AM   #21
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They are amazing, aren't they? Mine is date stamped 1/55 and is one of the Cyclos branded and sold by Sears for a few years, "Craftsman" right on the handle.

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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 AM   #22
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I also like the idea of Cyclo stating the date of manufacture clearly as in, month - day - year, instead of new tools hiding the date in an obscure, secret code so that we won't be so upset to find out it only lasted a very short while.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 AM   #23
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Yup, mines from the 60's.. appropiate for a 63 trailer!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:45 PM   #24
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We invested in a cyclo and have had hours of energetic fun polishing this house. However I have been stumped as to how you get oil to go into that little bitty hole in the top. Does any one else have that problem? you know- theres that little hole and when you put oil (any kind for that matter) on it...it just sits there.
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In this video it looks like the oil is forced into the bushing...

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Holy smokes! I've never done anything to my cyclo except use it for two trailer polishings!! (I just watched the video) I think I'd better oil it & blow it out tomorrow!!! It still runs like a top, though!
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redhawker II;

There's a little felt pad under the oil hole that absorbs the oil and keeps the armature spindle lubricated inside a small brass bushing. If your Cyclo is running rough or squeaking it's likely due for one or all three of the main bearings to be replaced (a relatively easy job for a do-it-yourselfer.

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Right- it is that little cloth looking barrier in that BB sized hole that makes it seem you can't get oil into it. But I saw the video and will try some force injection. Ours is fine as far as noises go. We did have some PB Blaster spray oil with the little micro straw and would set IT against the hole and spray...but I still wonder if anything gets down in there. Thanks for the video.
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