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Old 10-14-2018, 06:26 AM   #21
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When I left the USCG 19 years ago, vibration analysis for aircraft part maintenance (versus time) was under study as the airlines were also looking at it and/or implementing it with FAA approval.

I would have that system installed too if it wasn't cost prohibitive.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:58 PM   #22
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Blackstone labs; minimum annually; last five years
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I use Caterpillar. Not that I think it is the best lab, but I can get sample bottles locally at a decent price and get results the next day if I drop them off at the Cat dealer.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:44 AM   #24
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I use Caterpillar. Not that I think it is the best lab, but I can get sample bottles locally at a decent price and get results the next day if I drop them off at the Cat dealer.
Most CAT people here use them as well, but not with the level of service you get. Pantropic isn't known for speed or doing things when promised.
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I started with Caterpillar and can't say whether their analysis is any better or worse than Blackstone. That said, in my area, the document they produce for a customer who does routine oil analysis on the same engine, can best be described as kindergarten with crayons. Blackstone would likely be masters degree approaching doctoral thesis. That was the sole reason I left Caterpillar.

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Old 10-16-2018, 05:22 PM   #26
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I’ve used Cat for over 20 years and it’s very easy to understand, not sure I could understand the “masters” thesis.
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Sure you could Irv.....

They dumb it down appropriately....obviously no need on Ted's.

For me, my last sample report came back.... "Oooooh boy, be careful Mr. Scooter...inside you big motor....the big round thingy that turns real fast is rubbing on that bumpy thingy and making little tiny sparkles of metal."
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Scott. Even that would confuse me. What big round thingy? What bumpy thingy? Line drawing please.

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Scott. Even that would confuse me. What big round thingy? What bumpy thingy? Line drawing please.

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Well, if the big round thingy makes it to FT Pierce by Feb..... I will explain it over a tall rum....sloooowly.
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Great, it might take a few tall rums for me to understand and I won’t remember in the morning!

We are really looking forward to this years party, even bought a bunch of prizes and Watfa is buying booze presently. Her meal is planned but I’m not privy to the menu but she assures me all will like it (if not she will refund your money).
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With you, Steve. Lubriport hands down. Same equipment and standards as the big boys. And, if I have a question, I just call Floyd. Old school.
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Newbie vote for Blackstone. Easy and quick. Lots of help understanding by email and phone. Nice people, at least the ones I dealt with. Free bottles.
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