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Old 07-21-2007, 06:08 AM #1
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Well, I am new to lasers, I just bought a LO envee 80. My first laser that came in was mode changing, so I sent it back. I just recieved my replacement wednesday. To my surprise it was acting more like a 100mw version, it light matches unaided at about 4 feet which made me pretty happy. The divergence was excellent, I used pseudomens divergence calculator and it came out to be less than .5mrad! Now heres the really crappy part... The new laser was slightly different, parts that were aluminum were now plastic. I didnt mind this because it was working so well. I also noticed the tail caps aluminum was a cheaper, softer kind. That's bad because the body has harder aluminum. So what happened was I went to change the batteries and the cap went on nice and smooth. Well, I went to take it off to adjust the strap I put on it and it would'nt budge!? Finally after a couple senseless hours cursing at the darned thing I managed to get it off. Examining the laser the threads in the tail cap were now severly damaged! I am so frustrated because I really love lasers and I cant seem to think that any company makes good, reliable lasers short of being more than 5 or 6 hundred dollars. I dont even know if LO will take it back for a refund, or even an RMA. I am so frustrated I just cant even stand it! :'(


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Default Re: So angry....

I doubt you could RMA it, you obviously cross threaded the tail cap when you inserted the new batteries, so it's your own fault (sorry to be so blunt)

A lesser grade aluminium on the tail cap? thinner perhaps but how do you figure it is a lesser grade? I work with aluminium every day, so know its properties well. Aluminium is a "sticky" metal and will clog any tools without the correct lubrication. The fact that you found it difficult to remove the endcap can only mean one of two things. When you replaced the endcap , you cross threaded it and effectivly friction welded it to the body of the laser, or you over tightened it to the body, compressing the threads.

My guess is the first option, as compressing the threads will usually not make disassembly difficult.

I doubt LO will rma that , but you could always ask, you best bet now is to file off the threads a little on either the laser barrel or the inside of the cap to give you a press on "transition fit"

Good luck.

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Old 07-21-2007, 09:20 AM #3
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i lube my lasers threads with DX brand copper grease, (no tfrom the dx site) in fact i lube all my threads with it, and the best thing i think to do would be to re thread the laser with a tap and die set, if you dont have one your local garage will (and copper grease) ask them if they can re thread it for you.
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