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Sirui K-30X and K-40X Crunchy Panning

 
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Nov 27, 2017 06:14 |  #1

I bought a Sirui K-30X and K-40X a few days ago.
Generally what I expected.

What I have found with both seems a little strange though.
I have read that some think the panning is a little firm, so no surprise there.

When I loosen the Panning Base Locking Knob, maybe half a turn, the head pans. Depending on starting position, somewhere it will grab, and I hear a sound and feel some "crunch". It feels like a screw / bolt grinding on a composite material, ie what I'd expect a bolt grinding on fibreglass or carbon fibre. If I continue to loosen the Panning Base Locking Knob it will pan freely a full 360┬░. There does not seem to be any friction adjustment regarding panning, it's either loose or tight.

After noticing on the K-30X, I immediately tried the K-40X and it's the same.
Anyone else experienced this?


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Nov 27, 2017 17:36 |  #2

Had the same issue with my K-30X when I first bought it a year ago. After using it a few times, the "crunching" went away. I was concerned at first and contacted Sirui. They told me to return it if I experienced it again. After a year of hard use, the crunching has stayed away.
Sirui stands behind their products and was willing to do what ever it took to make everything good.


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Nov 27, 2017 18:28 |  #3

I only have the K40X and the panning is pretty smooth - certainly no snag/grab points.

I suspect yours may be sub standard - return?


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Nov 28, 2017 08:24 |  #4

IanD wrote in post #18505417 (external link)
Had the same issue with my K-30X when I first bought it a year ago. After using it a few times, the "crunching" went away. I was concerned at first and contacted Sirui. They told me to return it if I experienced it again. After a year of hard use, the crunching has stayed away.
Sirui stands behind their products and was willing to do what ever it took to make everything good.

Interesting. Thanks for info.


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Nov 28, 2017 08:28 |  #5

johnf3f wrote in post #18505449 (external link)
I only have the K40X and the panning is pretty smooth - certainly no snag/grab points.

I suspect yours may be sub standard - return?

Both of mine are smooth, after turning the Panning Base Locking Knob a full turn or so.


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Nov 28, 2017 09:31 |  #6

No problems whatsoever on my K30.


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Dec 13, 2017 12:18 |  #7

They are pretty easy to take apart and clean up, relube. I have a k40 and it was not crunchy. I did however install some low temp grease in mine.


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