Re: Slide way oil
Thanks for the posts - the man has several important valid points!
I live in the "Caddilac Desert" of Southern California (irrigation
with imported water is what keeps the brown at bay) - dust is everywhere.
For my own machinery, I use 30 weight engine oil, applied in a *thin*
film at the begining of a session - and wiped off at the end.
Graphite won't stick to the ways & dovetails, or I would seriously
consider using it.
Likewise, my chucks don't get too abused, so I am content with 20
weight or 30 weight oil in a light film on their internals.
Plain old everyday dust is mostly a mix of 3 or 4 metal oxides - silca
= sand, alumina, iron oxide, and some compounds of the above, some of
which contain calcium oxide (lime dust, cement dust, some soils)
Abrasive stuff! If the particles are fine enough, and the oil is kept
clean enough, you'll only experience a little bit of way polishing
over the life of your machine.
If you *must* use way oil, ISO 32 or ISO 68 chain oil or way oil will
work - but the clean up is about like uncrating your machine in the
Me, I'll go with simpler maintenance...
--- In email@example.com, SupportOurTroops - Skip
>discussion started I
> I've been using Mobil Vactra way oil for several years. When this
> decided to find some details on it for the group but I ran across avery interesting
> message about it and I am reconsidering its use.master catalog, part # 505-1987. or try this:
> Skip Campbell
> Ken Tjomsland wrote:
> > Vactra is still widely available--
> > Enco has it for $14/ gal (#2 medium). See pg. 674 in their
> >others have noted, "everywhere."
> > But bar oil does work fine too. And that oil is available as
> > Good luck,
> > Ken Tjomsland
- Hmmm ... for the longest, my lathe's ways got a wipedown and a fresh
spray of WD40 before each use. Now it's a wipedown and an application
of spray-on lithium grease. So far, so good .....
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, G W Howe <ghowe@...> wrote:
> In message <efsu9h+mvcb@...>, watchman1947 <martin@...>
> >I have recently been advised by a help line at Mobil, to use Chain
> >saw "chain and bar oil" as way oil on my Super X3 Mill. Vactra2 is
> >only available in 20litre cans, which would last me 2-3
> >life times.
> >Has anyone else heard or used this?
> Yes I learnt this tip and it is very effective. The oil probably
> certain additives for slideways but for home workshops it is aneasy
> alternative. Just don't use it on bearings!Thanks for your comments!!
> Graham Howe mail: (ghowe@...)
Chain and bar oil was reccommended due to it being very sticky and
will not drain to the bottom of the vertical Z axis slide ways, it
also helps to prevent coolant passing under the slide ways because
of the heavy consistancy.