Sunday, February 17, 2008
Hustler 4 Brakes
It's been no secret of my affinity for the Hustler 4. It's just a fantastic machine. But it's not perfect. Case in point: I've had the same problem pop up with the brakes twice now. As I've said here before, I've never been a fan of the 4's brakes anyway. Last week, I did a commercial and everything was going fine. I had been pitching the 4 to the DP all day (a Fisher guy) and had him convinced that the 4 was the way to go. Then I noticed that the wheels seemed to be dragging when I pushed forward. It's like they were winding up and getting tighter as the dolly moved forward until it would hardly move. I called the Key over and told him to get Chapman on the phone, because this was the second time this had happened to me on this dolly. A rep showed up, and explained to me that the brake shoes had siezed up and needed to be replaced on two wheels. He showed them to me and they looked pretty trashed. He explained that if this happened and I couldn't get service, to just find which wheel was giving the problem, remove the brake assembly from that wheel, and it would work fine until I could get it looked at. If I was on location, he said I could ship them the old one and they would also ship a new one. So the show went on fine. So if this happens to you, now you know what to do. This may be from water getting into the brake assembly. The bolts that he took out of the affected ones looked pretty rusty. Anyway, that's what I found out about the Hustler 4 brakes.