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Old 01-29-2018, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Nice find for those with oil reservoirs that need changing

DRO Pros turned me on to this when I was griping that I didn't want to buy gallon jugs of 4 different recommended oils for my new metal lathe at anywhere from $30-50 per gallon.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ABC-Lite-IN...MAAOSwkZhWS7IP

Much more affordable for those of us who don't need to change the oil out every 2-3 weeks as recommended for high volume production use. I ordered it Friday and already have it today.
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My lathe calls for a 20w light machine oil for surfaces. My lathe doesn't have an oil filled gearbox.This weight oil apparently doesn't exist or isn't common anymore in that nomenclature.

After many conversations with oil people, I found someone that offered some help. He suggested an AW68 oil. There is also an AV68 oil, but that is different. AV68 is for vacuum pumps, AW68 is hydraulic oil. But has anti-wear additives that make it good for flat surfaces. That, according to the oil rep, is the better way to go.

My local John Deere equipment sells it by the gallon under the Hy Gard name. The local NAPA has it by the 5 gallon pail. It's used in some farm equipment.

The gallon of it was about $15 and will likely last me several years. Hopefully, this will help someone.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Wow. Great resource Carl. Thanks so much!

Although I already ordered the gallon sizes when I bought my lathe. LOL. :)



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DRO Pros turned me on to this when I was griping that I didn't want to buy gallon jugs of 4 different recommended oils for my new metal lathe at anywhere from $30-50 per gallon.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ABC-Lite-IN...MAAOSwkZhWS7IP

Much more affordable for those of us who don't need to change the oil out every 2-3 weeks as recommended for high volume production use. I ordered it Friday and already have it today.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Wish I could fill a gearbox. My old Craftsman has Babbitt bearings and I need to fill the bearing oil cups every time I use it. I use 20w non-detergent oil.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I use this in both my lathe and milling machine gear boxes...


https://www.walmart.com/ip/MOBIL-Mob...e6&athena=true


I use this for the ways and all the oilers...


https://www.amazon.com/VACTRA-OIL-NO...70_&dpSrc=srch


It's more $ up front but it will last a looooooong time!


I change my gearbox oil every two years but could probably go a lot longer. I have oil sight glasses on both machines, the oil is clear and never gets "dirty" looking.
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