Arca-Swiss B1 Ballhead stiff after being locked for 6 months

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Christopher Phillips, May 29, 2004.

  1. I bought a B1 a year ago, used it for six months with good results,
    then left it locked holding up about 13 pounds for six months.

    The ballhead is now very stiff. With great effort, I can work it
    back and forth and it will loosen up, except that it's still tough
    into and out of the notch. As soon as I lock it, however, it returns
    to the very stiff state it was in before it loosened up. Not very
    useful for small adjustments...

    I tried cleaning it with a Q-tip and isopropyl alcohol, with no change.

    Any ideas? How does one contact Arca-Swiss? Do they have a
    presence or phone number in the U.S.? How does one get service
    on their ballheads?

    Christopher Phillips, May 29, 2004
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  2. Christopher Phillips

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Christopher Phillips"
    Maybe the info on this site will help ...

    Bill Hilton, May 29, 2004
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  3. Try a little oil.......You can always clean it off with solvent if it
    doesn't work......
    William Graham, May 29, 2004
  4. Christopher Phillips

    JIM Guest

    In a word: 'Don't'! To quote the instruction leaflet: "MAINTENANCE: Your
    Monoball needs no maintenance and will serve you for many years. If the
    Monoball is not moving as smoothly, clean the ball with a soft cloth and
    alcohol. However, please make sure that sand and dust do not enter the
    housing and DO NOT USE ANY LUBRICANTS, as this would impair proper

    You must not have bought your B1 new? If you had you should have the
    instruction flyer that comes with it? Have you tried loosening the Friction
    Thumb Screw? The Friction Thumb Screw is the screw positioned on the face of
    the large Multifunction Knob. What happens, sometimes, when forgetting the
    proper operation of the Multifunction Knob, owners will try to force the big
    knob backwards (counterclockwise) trying to free up the ball. Wrong
    procedure! Try turning the Multifunction Knob clockwise and then back out
    the Friction Thumb Screw counterclockwise and then re-loosen the
    Multifunction Knob counterclockwise. (When Friction Thumb Screw is engaged,
    the Multifunction Knob will not loosen past set friction point).

    Contact Arca Swiss at:

    Shoot'em up, w/wo ballhead, Agfa, Fuji, Kodak and all the rest will love you
    for it!!

    JIM, May 29, 2004
  5. Christopher Phillips

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "JIM"
    Good advice, this is what worked for me when mine started to lock up.
    Also good advice :)
    Bill Hilton, May 29, 2004
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