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  • SteveH_30328
    I just bought a new RF-45 from Enco and now I need to get it set up. My experience is all with my little Harbour Freight mini mill. I am trying to understand
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 11, 2014
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      I just bought a new RF-45 from Enco and now I need to get it set up. My experience is all with my little Harbour Freight mini mill. I am trying to understand what grease to use on the machine and how to lubricate it before I turn it on.


      Anyone with any advice?


      Steve Hughes

    • Carl Hollopeter
      Steve, First off, Congrats, you are in a different league now. Did you get a Manual? It should have all the lube requirements. If You didn’t get one here are
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 11, 2014
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        Steve,
        First off, Congrats, you are in a different league now.
           Did you get a Manual? It should have all the lube requirements. If You didn’t get one here are a few
        excerpts. I normally use way oil on the ways, 30 W will also work, way oil just stays in place longer.
         
        17. CLEANING & LUBRICATING
        (1) Your machine has been coated with a heavy grease to protect it in shipping. This coating should
        be completely removed before operating the machine. Commercial degreaser, kerosene or
        similar solvent may be used to remove the grease from the machine, but avoid getting solvent
        on belts or other rubber parts.
        (2) After cleaning, coat all possible rusted surface with a light lubricant. Lubricate all points with a
        medium consistency machine oil.
         
        LUBRICATION:
        AII ball bearings in your mill/drill are sealed for life, requiring no lubrication. Points requiring
        lubrication are:
        (1) Internal spline drive assembly. Keep this area well lubricated with a good grade non-hardening
        grease, such as Fiske Company "Lubriplate". insert grease in the hole at the top of spindle
        pulley spline driver. Lube twice yearly.
        (2) A light film of oil applied to the quill and column will reduce wear, prevent rust, and assure
        ease of operation.
        (3) Quill return spring should receive oil (SAE 20) once yearly. Remove cover plate and apply oil
        with squirt can or small brush.
        (4) IMPORTANT: The gear box should be oiled with a lubricant such as SAE 68 oil in level.
        CHANGE OIL EVERY ONE YEAR.
        (5) Apply Lubriplate To quill pinion every 90 days.
        NOTE. Use extreme care when performing this operation and keep hands clear of pinch points.
        When using paraffin bar, do this only by turning the sheaves by turning the sheaves by hand.
        Do not apply with motor running.
         
        Good Luck
           Carl H
         
        Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 5:11 PM
        Subject: [MILL_DRILL] New RF-45
         
         

        I just bought a new RF-45 from Enco and now I need to get it set up. My experience is all with my little Harbour Freight mini mill. I am trying to understand what grease to use on the machine and how to lubricate it before I turn it on.

         

        Anyone with any advice?

         

        Steve Hughes

      • Steve Hughes
        Hi Carl, Thanks for the info! Do you by any chance know which Lubripate grease is used in the RF-45? The manual just says “Lubripate” but there are so many
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 18, 2014
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          Hi Carl,

           

          Thanks for the info! Do you by any chance know which Lubripate grease is used in the RF-45? The manual just says “Lubripate” but there are so many of them and I don’t know how to pick one.

           

          Steve Hughes

           

          From: MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com]
          Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:37 PM
          To: MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [MILL_DRILL] New RF-45

           

           

          Steve,

          First off, Congrats, you are in a different league now.

             Did you get a Manual? It should have all the lube requirements. If You didn’t get one here are a few

          excerpts. I normally use way oil on the ways, 30 W will also work, way oil just stays in place longer.

           …….

        • Carl Hollopeter
          Steve, Use White Lithium, actually any brand should do. Carl From: mailto:MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:33 AM To:
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 18, 2014
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            Steve,
               Use White Lithium, actually any brand should do.
            Carl
             
            Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:33 AM
            Subject: RE: [MILL_DRILL] New RF-45
             
             

            Hi Carl,

            Thanks for the info! Do you by any chance know which Lubripate grease is used in the RF-45? The manual just says “Lubripate” but there are so many of them and I don’t know how to pick one.

            Steve Hughes

            From: MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com]
            Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:37 PM
            To: MILL_DRILL@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [MILL_DRILL] New RF-45

             

            Steve,

            First off, Congrats, you are in a different league now.

               Did you get a Manual? It should have all the lube requirements. If You didn’t get one here are a few

            excerpts. I normally use way oil on the ways, 30 W will also work, way oil just stays in place longer.

             …….

          • javajohn9
            Hi Steve,I bought one of those Rung Fu 45s about two years ago and ran into the same questions especially about the correct lube for the gear box. I am
            Message 5 of 5 , Aug 24, 2014
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              Hi Steve,I bought one of those Rung Fu 45s about two years ago and ran into the same questions especially about the correct lube for the gear box. I am extremely cautious of the cleanliness of the lube the folks over there put into their equipment and the first thing I did was remove the drain plug and epoxied a magnet into it and I am glad I did. It caught a good bit of metal right off. That prompted me to consider an oil change. The manual says to use SAE 68 oil. Well, my lubrication specialist told me there is no such thing and that they most likely meant to say ISO 68 which is a gear lubricant whereas the SAE oils are designed for engine use. I bought a gallon of Mobil DTE68 gear oil and changed the original oil replacing it with the Mobil DTE68 which is an ISO68 lube. It foamed up and ran out all over the machine even though I was careful to fill only to the mid of the sight window.  I did a test of the OE lube using a home made viscosity tool and found that the OE oil took 11 minutes to drain 60 cc through a .096 hole at 92 degrees F and the Mobil DTE took only 4 1/2 minutes. I know, this is a long story, sorry. I did some more testing and wound up mixing some Master Pro gear lube (O'Rielly Auto Parts) 80W-90 and 85W-140 50/50 and came up with a lube that pretty well duplicates the viscosity of original oil that was in the gear box from the factory. It does not foam up and overflow the gear box vent and seems to work OK. For general Way lubrication I use Mobil Vactra Oil #2 Medium and Super Lube NLGI GC-LB automotive synthetic grease on the lead screws. Grease | Oil | Synthetic Lubricants

               
               I hope this may be of some help to you Steve. Good luck with your new mill!
              John
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