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  1. Hi Dennis, Although you could probably get away with using carb cleaner we don't recommend it. We use a Miller-Stephenson product called Contact ReNu WITHOUT LUBRICATION!! Make sure you specify that it is without lubrication if you decide to order it. Pacific Radio in Burbank carries it and one can will last you quite a long time. http://www.pacrad.com/contact-renu-miller-stephenson-ms-530.html The shop uses Renolit ST-80 white lithium grease. What Jens recommended is just fine as well. I included the link of the product the shop uses but white grease is white grease. There is a guy on the forum named John Stout who has just purchased a case of this stuff and is offering the extra tubs for sale. One tub of this stuff will probably last you for your entire career. http://www.powerlubeind.com/sites/default/files/default_images/downloads/LubeSpec2014/TDS/Fuchs/Renolit_ST_80_tds.pdf The shop recommends using Arri oil on your gimbal and tilt bearing, but a good 3in1 oil, or light turbine oil will suffice as well. You can order the Arri oil directly through Arri in Burbank. They may even have it in stock. http://www.arrirentalstore.com/product_p/129994.htm Hope this is useful to you.
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  2. http://www.amazon.com/CRC-05110-Mass-Sensor-Cleaner/dp/B000J19XSA to clean gimbal bearing and to re-lubricate.. http://www.arrirentalstore.com/product_p/129994.htm and http://www.amazon.com/Lucas-Oil-10533-Lithium-Grease/dp/B004X70LZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1439474509&sr=1-1&keywords=white+lithium+grease+tube for arm bearings and piston rod
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  3. Gents-- As I own several gimbals, have rebuilt dozens of gimbals, and have recently designed and manufactured my own unit, I have some recommendations. 1. Clean that gimbal often, perhaps once a month or more if working in dust and grit filled environments. 2. Keep a supply of your chosen lube with you at all times. 3. If you lube your own gimbal, try using less than one "standard" drop as over time whatever lube installed will lead to the collection of material within your bearing(s). 4. Check all fastenings on your gimbal daily or weekly. This is critical with the fork fasteners. 5. Secure and pad your gimbal during shipments. Especially airborne trips! By taking a few steps to care for your gimbal, your work will improve as the most important moving part of your system performs as it was designed. Good luck. Best, Brant S. Fagan, SOC Steadicam/Camera Operator
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