Thursday, August 25, 2011

GN 303.1 Tapped Type Zinc Die-Cast Adjustable Levers with Push Button

Today we're featuring our new GN 303.1 Zinc Die-Cast Adjustable Levers with Push Button, Tapped Type, with Stainless Steel Components, available in inch and metric sizes.

These adjustable levers have proven to be ideal wherever parts have to be clamped in a confined space or in a particular lever position. The insert is connected to the lever via serrations which can be easily be disengaged. Pulling the lever upwards, disengages the serrations, allowing it to be swiveled to the ideal clamping position. When the lever is released, the serrations automatically re-engage. The releasing button is an ergonomic design element and allows for effortless release action. However, this design is limited to applications that do not require the lever to be disassembled.

The handle is zinc die-cast, and the push button is nylon plastic. The insert and spring, as well as the screw for the push button, are stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4305 (American Standard Series 303). The handle is available in matte black pebble finish electrostatically applied powder coat, smooth finishes in orange, gray, silver, or red textured finish, chrome plated or uncoated. The button is available in black, orange or gray; upon request, any color button can be combined with any color lever.

Special bores and threads are available upon request. For certain minimum quantities, special colors are also available upon request. A version with steel components, series GN 303, is also offered.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our GN 421-NI Knobs and the BMW Motorcycle Solution

Those crafty customers of ours...they're forever developing nifty solutions for their applications using J.W. Winco components.

This week we discovered one on a forum for owners of BMW K1600 motorcycles. It seems that sometimes it's desirable to remove the rear seat on these bikes, but they are designed in a way that requires employing a screwdriver...a technique the poster on the forum termed a "PITA," or pain in the you-know-where.

He found that a pair of our GN 421-NI Hollow Knurled Knobs could be swapped in (part ID 5N25P02), resulting in a quick and easy way to take the seat on and off. These metric-sized knobs are indeed an ideal solution for this application. The knurling on the nylon plastic knob provides for a good grip even when wet. And the stainless steel stud prevents corrosion from salt and any other chemicals a rider encounters on the road.

One more ideal aspect of these knobs: while they are excellent quality, they're also economically priced.

It seems a lot of forum readers agree with the poster that our GN 421-NI's are the perfect solution, because they've been buying them ever since the post appeared! Seems to us at J.W. Winco that the engineers at BMW ought to take note and spec this great component into future designs....