That photo was from Fred, but you are welcome anyway!Thanks Rocky. Fortunately, I took a 'before picture'. I did manage to get everything back together, but now the pin is just slightly coming into contact with the jaw on the southeast corner in your pic. I'm going to take it back apart and swap the NW and SE pieces. I thought they were identical, but maybe there's a slight difference.
@Rocky: Is this similar to what you bought? Looks like you got a new bolt to go through it as well.
Yes, Jim, that looks like what I bought on line for the two bearings. If you PM me an address, I will sent you the bolt, lock washer and nut that are what I used in my installation. For some reason, known only to my failing brain, I bought two sets of the hardware and I have an extra set.
My Portuguese is yellow, with plastic jaws. I haven’t taken it apart, but do they suffer the same fate after years of use?So the blue ones have the brass jaws and the red ones have the plastic jaws? I never knew the difference between the Italian and the Portuguese models.
I completely agree with this sentiment.If aint broke don't fix it.
If it wasn't working properly I might have called that broke. LOL!I completely agree with this sentiment.
However, in my case, although my corker was not actually "broke," it was getting a little slop in the arm and the push pin was not hitting the center of the hole. The problem was that the hardened metal shaft holding the arm was wearing the hole in the frame through which it was mounted. Adding bearings made all the difference. I have no exact number of how many bottles I have corked with this corker but I have had it for about 10 years and I bottle about 1000 bottles a year.
I know what you are saying. In my case, I could make it work satisfactorily by manually centering the pin in the iris but that was a PITA. I guess when I think "broke," I think it cannot be made to work. With the bearing, there is no other positioning required.If it wasn't working properly I might have called that broke. LOL!
I’m going to number the jaws 2, 4, 8, and 10 so I don’t have to keep typing “o’clock.”Thanks all!
Both the 2 o'clock and 8 o'clock pieces are bolted in. I've tried a couple different ways of getting the 4 o'clock piece to sit properly and can't. I'll keep playing with it.