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I am in search of a good quality smallish finger (box and pan) brake. I am looking primarily at Pexto and Di-acro 24 and 36" brakes. I notice that some seem to be missing fingers or the fingers have a gap. On at least one of these the finger is hanging abnormally. Is there a way that the castings commonly break so the finger cannot be attached? What are other common issues to look out for? If you have any other recommendations or advice I would love to hear it. What price range should I be paying?

Check out this pic:

If you look carefully, there is a lip under the top casting that is discontinuous. It doesn't seem to extend all the way to the left. Is it broken off?

I had no idea where to put this question so I hope this is OK.

Robert

Edit: oh yeah..if you have one for sale let me know!
 
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Hey Robert,
When I found a 6' D&K FB with all the fingers, I thought WOW! as these are seldom complete for a fair price. The problems became evident soon after failing to adjust to tolerance. I quickly discovered all but one finger extension was bent (upward) due to abuse. Many other things where damaged as well, but the main body and clamp seemed fine. The money spent at auction ($1500) I was still ahead of the game after building new parts. That said, when your considering purchasing a break, make sure your can build whatever parts you think are bad. These replacement parts are very expensive if you where to buy them. Example, the nose bars for the new extensions I built run $21/inch.
I'm sorry I can't really answer your specific lip question but if its broken you should be able to see it. The other thing that can render these useless is a sprung leaf or top clamp. You should be able to rule that out by taking measurements. The lower leaf should also feel smooth throughout the travel. Any binding could be a "sprung" condition. These smaller brakes are plentiful so be patient.
As for my FB, I have under $3K into it and is better than new condition. To buy a new D&K is over $8-9K.

Paco
 

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The top casting that holds the fingers on the left side of your picture has a 3-4” gap. Is that what your saying is broke? Could be does the other side go all the way? Not knowing for sure I would think it should go the whole width. Helps lock the fingers from rolling under force??
I see these for sale often. There’s a 36” for 350 on cl no fingers just a straight bar fold. I picked this one up for 50 bucks and went through it painted and works great. 3B1EC21B-FA9F-4802-AB9F-DD0921A71CAE.jpeg
 

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After comparing to other images I think that lip is fractured off.
R
 
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