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specktrout posted 01-30-2002 12:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for specktrout   Send Email to specktrout  
I plan to completely refinish my trailer for my montauk soon. A combination of rusted roller pins and too high bunks has finally made launching from shallow ramps just too much of a pain. My problem is that I cannot find stainless steel hardware to replace the existing roller pins. I plan to spend the money for the 10' Stoltz yellow rollers and don't want to have to deal with this again. My options are:
1. Galvanized roller pins
2. Make pins myself from 5/8'' Stainless steel rod from the local metal dealer. They only have grade "304" stainless steel which is not marine grade.

I would be interested in any opinions on which would last longer and provide a smoother rolling surface for the rollers. I do plan on thoroughly greasing the new rollers when I put them on. Thank you-

Zack posted 01-30-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Zack  Send Email to Zack     
Here is a link that has the SS yor are looking for.


where2 posted 01-30-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Or, call these guys:

In reality, 304 isn't such a bad deal. The Stolz rollers have a steel core, but the 304 won't rust enough to cause the binding and the hassle that a Galvanized eventually will.

The ones I have on my floating lift are likely only 304, and they've been fine even with saltwater dunking for 2 years with zero maintenance.

lhg posted 02-07-2002 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For Stoltz rollers, only use SS roller shafts, with holes drilled in each end for a cotter pin. This was told directly to me by Mr Stoltz himself!

I learned the hard way that the standard plated shafts, with "hat" end caps, will bond very quickly to the conventional steel tube in the Stoltz roller in a salt environment. The essense of the Stoltz roller's ease of operation is for the roller to turn on the greased shaft itself, and not for the shaft to turn on it's supports, with the shaft bonded to the roller.

You can also get them from Ames Trailer Supply in Ft Lauderdale, which is almost across the street from the Stoltz factory.

With the cotter pins, it is easy to disassemble the roller and shaft once a year for cleaning and re-greasing.

I have also recently seen a non-SS roller shaft with a grease fitting that inserts grease well into the roller for lubrication.
Don't know if these are any good for preventing the bond to the Stoltz roller.

jimh posted 02-09-2002 12:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The new BOAT US catalog shows these steel axles with grease fittings are now available through that source.

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