My uncle operated a Northwest dragline on Guam back in the early 50's while a sea bee. I would bet that a lot if not all equipment back then used friction's to swing the house. Too keep the friction lining from sticking to the drum they would use olive oil on the drum if the machine was to sit for a long period of time. I have not tried it on my C-450 Bantam but should have. I had trouble with my friction's sticking all the time until I realized I had rust between the shoes and lining. Once I got rid of the rust and put on new lining I have not had a problem, I might run a little more clearance than I should though.
Anybody use olive oil on friction's?
Anybody have any thoughts on using olive oil?