Lubrication for open geared Metal Lathes

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  1. Jun 13, 2019 at 7:03 AM #1

    JimDobson

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    I know everyone has there favourite product, but CRC TAC-2 for me is just absolutely brilliant and lasts and lasts.

    Really quietens down the gear noise.

     
  2. Jun 13, 2019 at 12:47 PM #2

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    TAC-2 is a good product for open gears or chains, any of the decent motorcycle chain lubes work fairly well also. You've reminded me that I need to spray a bit of lube around next visit to the shed.
     
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    How often do you pump oil in those ball bearing nipples (if you have them in your lathe) Al ?
     
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    That's a tough question. Probably not as often as I should, but more like when I notice the visible surfaces are looking a little dry. I know when I do give them a squirt everything seems to run smoother and easier so definitely too long between lubes. At different times of the year I can go months without getting out to the shed at all so I don't have a set schedule like I should.
     
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    Because I'm near the ocean and rust is constant reminder of its proximity, I spray all my machines with a mixture of kerosene and engine oil. The stuff works its way into every nook and cranny and keeps everything lubricated. I do this on a very regular basis.
     
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    Thanks AL.
     
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    I live right next to the ocean as well. I have never tried kero and engine oil but will give that a try on some items that I have outside under a lean to that I always have a problem keeping rust away from.
     
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    Kerosene and Automatic Transmission Fluid is my home brew lube for cleaning and rust protection.
     
  9. Jun 14, 2019 at 10:33 AM #9

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    I use lanotec and i can attest that it works well , when you uncover your lathe and it looks like it has just had a shower but not a speck of rust on it you know you are onto a good thing ! Only donside is if left on long enough it goes waxy and is a bit harder to get off but some cheap spray degreaser gets it off relatively easily.( i buy in bulk from supacheap or repco when on special ) .
     
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    For open gears I tend to use motorcycle chain lube or what evers to hand working on the principal any oil is better than none
    For general rust proofing Tooling spray does a good job for long term protection Outside Storage Protection Spray works well but a swine to get back off
    https://www.moleroda.com/product/mould-protection-spray/
     
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    Thanks for the link, I have some outside tools in a lean to (and I'm right on the ocean) that that spray would be excellent for.
     
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    Jim - the Lanotec product that XD351 uses should also be a good choice for rust-proofing stored tools and is not overly difficult to remove as far as I know. It's a lanolin based product so it's not only good on your machines but on your hands as well (lanolin is the oily stuff sheep make and keep shearers hands in good condition).
     
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    Al I have a couple of litres of Lanotec antifoul left over (I don't use it on my boat anymore) I might give that a try on some of my outdoor tools and machinery.
     
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    Motor cycle chain lube sounds like an effective option; thanks. Part of my machines, mostly the woodworking variety, live in the back of an open shed. I fight the rust with wool grease. Apparently Australian sheep farmers noticed that steel posts do not rust where sheep use them as rubbing posts. It works! It comes over here as rather solid grease, so I mix it 50/50 with light oil for easier application.
     
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    My anti rust solution is to cover my machinery with a woolen blanket [cheap from an op shop] . I spray the inside with Lanotec, one of my favorite products, & that seems to emit a "mist"that coats everything & keeps it in top nick. I live in a wet mountainous area & find this is a great solution.
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    Ah, I checked. Same stuff. Lanotec is based on wool grease.
     
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    Its great for cracked hands and heels as well :)
     

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