13599Re: Rong-Fu Mill questions
- Dec 2, 2005Bill,
Thanks for the info. I will give it a try. By the way, what
is "LPS"? I googled it and found it at lpslabs.com. Is this the
same stuff you are talking about? Would you recommend it for other
uses besides relubing the spindle?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bill Pace" <pace8@b...> wrote:
> Sounds like youve got a case of "gummed" lubricant. This is prone
> happen when my milldrill sits idle, I just start spraying on
> whatever spray lube is handy, WD-40, etc, to loosen it up, usually
> doesnt take much. Lower the quill as far as will go and wet it
> & wipe off, with it back up, look all over to find a peep hole to
> spray on it in the up position. When freed up ,I usually put a
> coat of LPS on it, but most any of the spray lubes will suffice if
> done on a fairly often schedule. The same thing will happen to the
> lead screws and ways on the tables, so a shot on them at the same
> time is a good idea.
> Sounds like you got quite a find there in the "Birmy" (I got a
> Birmy lathe and really like it)
> --- In email@example.com, "konsumingfire"
> <konsumingfire@y...> wrote:
> > I purchased a used bench mill recently, and have some questions
> > about it. It is badged as a Birmingham, "made in taiwan", and
> > exactly like the RF-30/31.
> > The main problem I am having is that it has sat for a little
> > after I got it and the spindle has become more difficult to move
> > and down with the spoke handle. It still moves vertically but
> > pretty darn sticky. When I first got it, it was nice and
> > made certain to undo the fixed bolt that locks the spindle in
> > for machining work. Tightening the bolt makes it stick
> > However, loosening it only allows sticky movement.
> > I am assuming it needs lubricating, but am not certain where or
> > to oil, or if it needs grease instead. I am hesitant to use oil
> > until I know it won't wash out any grease. The manual is in
> > Chinglish and is impossible to decipher exactly how to
> > It keeps talking about "filling the lubricant" which makes it
> > like there is a reservoir on the machine. If there is one I
> > found it!
> > I am assuming I need to take off the depth stop gauge cover or
> > something to get to the rack sleeve behind it???
> > Any ideas on what I need to do? What kind of oil/grease should
> > use?
> > The history of my machine is that I got it from an old timer who
> > used it for one quick job, made a stack of change, and then it
> > in his storage unit for a few months. While in there, he had it
> > tarped but a water leak in the roof got on it, and leaked
> > the new tarp. The only damage from that was surface rust on
> > 2/3 of the table. He oiled the surface as soon as he discovered
> > but did not fix the rust because he was going to sell it and
> > to leave it up to the new owner how best to fix it. After I
> > it, I got a flat knife sharpening stone and within a few minutes
> > removed the rust (which was like a varnish, mostly) and then re-
> > oiled it.
> > When I got it the table rust was the only thing wrong with it,
> > except it was missing all its tooling, which I remedied over the
> > past few months. The machine itself is in pretty sharp
> > otherwise. I don't think it got any water down the spindle, so
> > not worried about any corrosion in there.
> > I am completely new and ignorant to machining work. I am
> > get started, and need some advice on fixing this problem.
> > Many thanks,
> > Rick
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