Getting into the tiny spaces

I visited a Stott studio in Gainesville this week, taking much pleasure in the pristine condition of the 8-year old equipment.

One of the questions the owner had was how to clean between the headrest and carriage pad.  The gap was too small for a rag to fit, and the vacuum just didn’t suck anything up.

The solution?  Take the thin end of a gun-cleaning brush or an extended reach toothbrush to pull the lint and dust out.  Check out these results… you’ll want to go clean yours right away when you see this!

First impressions: Rail Condition

When I walk into a studio, one of the first indicators of how well the studio has cared for their equipment is whether or not the Reformer rails are clean.  Rolling on a dirty surface will cause the wheels to start to “shed” leaving black streaks along the rails, as well as gum up the bearings or bushings with debris.  This significantly changes the feel of the carriage ride and shortens the working life of those components.

How do you prevent this?  Use some elbow grease!  The photo you see here is a before and after shot of a simple 30 seconds of effort with a damp rag.  Hours and hours of grime erased!

Now, imagine you clean your rails regularly!  It is possible to slow the mechanical aging process: I see 10 year old Reformers with clean rails every once in a while.  Those machines are still a dream to workout on!

Yours can be too, with a little time investment.  Put in some effort now to save that repair cost later!

All About Reformer Side Wheels

Your Reformer has Side Wheels (some people call them Guide Wheels), which control the side-to-side motion of the Reformer carriage.  This means that under each carriage there are usually 8 wheels.

Studio Reformers have side wheels that must be adjusted so that there is very little or no side-to-side motion of the carriage.  If there is too much side-to-side motion, the carriage can ride on the tracks crooked, causing the wheels to wear more quickly, leave black marks on the rails, and if the angle is great enough, scrape the side of the carriage on the inside of the wooden rail.

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Allegro 1 and Allegro 2 Reformers do not need to have their side-wheels adjusted.  Because the carriage rides above the rails, there is little danger to the side of the Reformer rails.  Despite having some side-to-side motion, these carriages tend to find a track along the rail and stick to it.  As long as you DO NOT add silicone spray to the rails to clean them, you’ll be fine.  Silicone spray will make the rails very slippery and cause the carriage to slide in every direction- the opposite of what you want!