I’ve seen people say that using a JLF w/o a gate will “ruin it” or “damage the microswitches”. Why is this the case? The switches get pushed in more, but will that really hurt anything? The plastic on plastic contact will take centuries before it wears down the switch cases.
The only durability issue I can see is that the bushing on the shaft will wear faster since it contacts the switch cases (which become the gate) at their corner, so it’s more PSI at that point (versus the wider surface on a real gate). I guess the switch case corner could wear a slight groove into the bushing where it contacts. I’d also guess this will take decades.
Has anyone actually ever used a JLF with no gate for a long term and had an issue happen due to the wear and tear specifically because there was no gate?
Is there an issue in running a JLF with no gate that isn’t the case with other microswitch sticks which either have no gate (and are designed for it; of course I understand the difference) or have their gate removed (I have seen this recommended for other sticks that have gates but with the JLF pointed out as it not being a good idea for).
I’m looking for someone with experience with this, not just telling me what they have heard.
I have no problem with the square gate, I am used to it. I just can’t figure out why the JLF supposedly gets damaged when used with no gate. I was just toying around with one gateless and it feels freaking amazing. Better than the sticks that don’t have a gate stock, IMO.
I’m almost wondering why a gateless JLF isn’t recommended more to people that like gateless sticks with a wide feel. It’s much different than Octo or even a smaller circle gate. I’m sure there is a reason, but I’d like to know why, if only to learn more about the JLF.
Thanks for any help.