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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 10:44:14
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I use a wax based bike chain lubricant (White Lightning Clean Ride) on all the moving parts of my SRT kit. It is very runny to start with, until the solvent evaporates which means that it gets where it needs to and stays there. I do wipe it off the rope running surfaces though as lube on SRT robe is a BAD THING (TM)

Because of the nature of the job they do, the cams will rust as the effect of mud and use will both scrub the surface clean and create oxidising conditions.

Using a chelating agent(apparently molasses works) will clean the rust off but will give you a clean surface that will oxidise at the first opportunity.

BTW WD40 is a penetrating and water displacement oil - it doesn't do a good job at protecting surfaces from rust.

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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 12:23:19
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I recall someone (Shotlighter IIRC) relating the tale of someone in their club who WD40'd their Stop. I think you can guess what the next descent they made was like, and the state of their underwear afterwards....

I use a precision oil pen on the moving parts of my SRT kit - it dispenses a small amount of oil from a fine nozzle on the press of a button, so keeps it where it's needed.

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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 13:07:34
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I've been using the same Camp Turbochest for close to three years now (just about to replace it due to worn teeth), but there's no rust on the cam at all - a tiny bit on the back spring, but that's it. Most of the cam is still black, to be honest, and it's had some serious abuse. My only tiny gripe with the Turbochest is that if you're doing wide rebelays to the right, the rope can sometimes slide out of the top roller, but I think it's more a case of me not adapting well to a new body shape than any major fault with the design.

Incidentally, three years is amazingly good value - I was getting through a new Croll every year in comparison, and that was always from worn teeth and an enlarging attachment hole, and in one case a v-shaped groove at the top. I've been using a Petzl Basic hand-jammer for one year, and the teeth are wearing flat already. Again. So I might see if I can get hold of the Camp Solo 2 instead and see if that too has a longer-lasting cam.
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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 13:13:08
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Thanks for the advice on lube from Noick and AR; i have now oiled everything very, very gingerly just to avoid any binding.

I also just remembered the reason i looked at this thread in the first place...

On starting a pitch at the weekend, my Camp Turbo's gate just refused to either open or lock properly, seemingly getting caught on the holdfast mechanism and taking a couple of minutes to free up. This was no problem on a standing rebelay, but on a changeover or under duress such as in a waterfall, may have been more problematic.

I inspected thoroughly at the pitch head and couldn't see an apparent problem and have been unable to replicate since.

Compressed air and light lube have now been applied, but I'd be interested to hear if anyone here has had any similar instances.

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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 13:29:02
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Tocsin wrote:



…..Camp Turbo's gate just refused to either open or lock properly, seemingly getting caught on the holdfast mechanism and taking a couple of minutes to free up.

I inspected thoroughly at the pitch head and couldn't see an apparent problem and have been unable to replicate since.

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Had it been loaded at a funny angle? I have heard that they can jam if twisted under load. Torsional stiffness? Doubt you could replicate it by twisting by hand but if you hang 11 or 12 stone on it at a funny angle?
Dunno. Blink



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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 04/10/2019 13:29:23
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That's never happened to me, no. I replaced the skinny pull cord that came with the ascender quite quickly with some 2mm accessory cord, as it wasn't robust enough for the trips I do, and that made it easier to open as I could pull harder without any fear. The hole's too small to get anything larger in. Camp now do sell spares of these, so maybe a packet of ten might be a good idea. Bottom of this page as 'accessories' - though the link just returns you to the previous page:

https://www.camp.it/prodotti3.aspx?CAT=48&CDV=12&ART=~1334

Is it possible some gritty mud dried out inside the mechanism and the clasts were large enough to fill the tiny gap in the pulling arm? I can't think of anything else - as it did free itself eventually?
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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 05/10/2019 12:52:29
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I've used a turbochest for about 3 years.

I swear by them. Utterly brilliant thing. Makes all of the difference with a foot ascender.

Some of the cheap chinese ones appear to have come out of the same tooling.
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Gear review: Camp Turbochest
Posted: 05/10/2019 17:36:28
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AR wrote:

I recall someone (Shotlighter IIRC) relating the tale of someone in their club who WD40'd their Stop. I think you can guess what the next descent they made was like, and the state of their underwear afterwards....


Yep quite true, it was my mate Keith Smile
(Shotlighter is my other nom de plume.)

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