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Old 29 March 2006, 03:48   #71
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Are you aware that Al-Ko do serviceable bearing and mechanical disc brakes But not in the UK for some reason Des
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Old 29 March 2006, 16:38   #72
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Hi Des,
Yes, we stumbled across the products on the Austalian (Just to show we are trying!) Alco site. Terry Williams the owner of Bramber approached Alco about letting us test them out. Unfortunately they showed no sign of interest in promoting the product in the U.K. I haven't given up and will call a meeting with Alco. I will inform you of my findings.
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Old 30 March 2006, 02:24   #73
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Hi Des,
Yes, we stumbled across the products on the Austalian (Just to show we are trying!) Alco site. Terry Williams the owner of Bramber approached Alco about letting us test them out. Unfortunately they showed no sign of interest in promoting the product in the U.K. I haven't given up and will call a meeting with Alco. I will inform you of my findings.
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They are also available in the German market, but for some reason not over here, which I find strange
Mechanical disc brakes are a big improvement over drum for reliability and servicing in a salt water environment and are used extensively in the states and down under where drum brakes are a thing of the past.
If I was a suspicious person I would say that lack of UK supply was because the component manufactures were making loads of money selling spares for virtually obsolete drum brake systems into a naive market Good job Iím not suspicious then Des
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Hi. I have some very good contacts in Germany.

How many hub assemblies do you think we can get in the back of my Shogun?

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Old 30 March 2006, 06:46   #75
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Ignoring brake efficiency, why do you think disc brakes are better than drums brakes for marine use?
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Old 30 March 2006, 11:33   #76
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Ignoring brake efficiency, why do you think disc brakes are better than drums brakes for marine use?
........easier to hose down with fresh water when you flush your motor?
........easier to check on lining wear?
........easier to replace linings?
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They are also available in the German market, but for some reason not over here, which I find strange
Mechanical disc brakes are a big improvement over drum for reliability and servicing in a salt water environment and are used extensively in the states and down under where drum brakes are a thing of the past.
If I was a suspicious person I would say that lack of UK supply was because the component manufactures were making loads of money selling spares for virtually obsolete drum brake systems into a naive market Good job Iím not suspicious then Des
If they are available to the Krauts then they are obviously EU approved!!!
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Old 30 March 2006, 13:08   #78
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........easier to hose down with fresh water when you flush your motor?
........easier to check on lining wear?
........easier to replace linings?
And easier to adjust
Less moving parts
Oh and the Al Ko ones are galvanised where appropriate and discs are easier to lathe if they become pitted
apart from that not much Des
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To those boaters that rigaously strip the bearings down after every launch,
Well I dont do that and never have done - but I do like to strip them once a year to check condition and then re pack with grease, and that is the "protection for the bearing chamber". I have had trailed boats for 30years or so and did have lots of trouble in my early niave days (as opposed to my later niave days )before I realised that not all greases are waterproof. After changing to castrol heavy (unfortunately no longer available) I never had another bearing problem. Prior to that I learned how to change a bearing at the side of the road on numerous occassions. We have a number of trailers here-The oldest probably 5 years old and still on its original bearings. It does have bearing savers on it but I think it is the quality of the grease (proper waterproof stuff) rather than the saver that helps preserve the bits. In fairness we also have one trailer with sealed bearings and we have had no problems with those bearings to date-but it is rarely used and is only a couple of years old.
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