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Tech-Tips #70: Get Your Bearings

The turbine is the heart of the high-speed handpiece and bearings are the heart of the turbine. Bearings are the most common failure point of a turbine and are often the primary differentiator between one turbine and another. Way back in Tech Tips #22, “High-speed Handpiece Design,” we covered all of the components that make up a [...]
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Tech-Tips #69: Delivery System Installation

Before we get started, we want to reiterate our number one objective with Tech Tips (and when you call us): to empower your practice with basic maintenance, installation, and repair knowledge, so that you’re not paying full-service distributors exorbitant fees on a regular basis. While taking the time to familiarize yourself with your equipment will [...]
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Tech Tips #66: Can’t Hold a Bur?

A dentist’s handpiece is one of the ultimate tools in his dental office. Making sure it runs smoothly is very important. The primary function of a handpiece is to provide power for rotary instruments, i.e. burs. If your handpiece won’t hold the bur, or won’t release the bur (so you can’t change burs) it effectively ceases [...]
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Tech Tips #62: Star 430 Push Button Turbine Installation- Video

Install your Star 430 push button turbine in minutes! Watch this video to see just how easy it can be. For more handpiece installation information, see our Dental Handpiece Turbine Installation video. Can’t see the video? You can also view this video on Youtube.
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Tech Tips #61: Foot Controls (not just to drive your handpiece).

The foot control or, more properly, rheostat is a key component to your delivery system. Air passes through the foot control when you step on it to drive your handpieces, but this is not all a foot control does. All foot controls will have one main large (1/4” o.d.) line that feeds air into the foot [...]
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Tech Tips #60: Keep It Flowing, Maintain Your Filters

We’ve covered maintenance of various devices in the dental office in previous issues of Tech Tips. One of the key elements of routine maintenance is filtration. Periodic replacement of filter elements is at the core of a good maintenance routine. It’s amazing how often we talk with people who don’t even know some of their [...]
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Tech Tips #59: How to Install a Handpiece Illumination System- Video

Anyone can add a handpiece illumination system to a dental unit in minutes. Watch this video on just how simple it can be! Can’t see the video? You can also view this video on Youtube.
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Tech Tips #58: Japanese-Style Handpieces

In previous issues of Tech Tips, we’ve discussed various aspects of handpieces, including dental handpiece maintenance, dental handpiece design, and factors that influence dental handpiece torque. As we discussed, one of the factors that influences torque is the turbine in your highspeed handpiece. This month, we’re going to look at the “Japanese” style dental highspeed handpieces [...]
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Tech Tips #57: Convert a Screw-On Style HP into a Swivel QD- Video

Improve ergonomics by installing a swivel quick-disconnect onto your handpiece. This video demonstrates just how easy it is to convert a screw-on style handpiece into a swivel quick-disconnect. Can’t see the video? You can also view this video on Youtube.
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Tech Tips #56: Why You Should Install Self-Contained Water Systems

Last month in Tech Tips we discussed how to install a self-contained water system. But why would you want to do so? What are the benefits to using an independent water source? Over the past two decades, much has been written about dental unit water lines (DUWL) and their impact on infection control. Way back in [...]
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