Cheap source for Machine oil for SB lathe

I got an old South Bend Lathe, and I know that there are all kinds of
oils that they call for to lubricate it. Does anybody have a cheap
source for machine oil? I don't need much...
Jim
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Does anybody have a cheap source for machine oil? I don't need much ...
Turbine oil, which is what would be used in the electroc motor, and in the oilite "plain" bearings, including the headstock, is available in small quantities in so-called "Zoom Spouts" at ACE Hardware.
I use turbine oil in my Logan's "plain" bearings (the Logan has a ball bearing headstock), and in its motor.
Motor oil is perhaps OK for ways.
I use Mobil Vactra way oil for the ways of my Logan.
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Peter H.
I go to the auto parts store and buy 10 weight nondetergent oil for my spindle. I use Vactra for way oil. I probably use spindle oil in my apron and backgear shaft, don't remember.
Grant
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Grant Erwin
Use Mobil One 0W30 for the headstock bearings, and ATF for everything else. Both available in one quart containers, locally.
Jim
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jim rozen
(1) Mineral oil from the drug store. About the purest oil available, though maybe a bit heavy for spindle bearings but I used it for several years in my 1942 vintage SB Model C without problems. (2) Hydraulic jack oil, available at most auto parts stores by the quart. Seems to be about 20 weight. I am using this now in the SB and also in electric motors with sleeve bearings. For way oil I have been using a homemade mix of 1 oz. STP to 10 oz. gear oil and it seems to work ok, though I have not compared it side-by-side with commercial way oil. Mike
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MikeM
Do you know a farmer or anyone that runs hydraulic equipment? For general oiling (not the spindle bearings or apron gearbox), I use "tractor hydraulic fluid". It's around 10-20 weight, and non-detergent. Smallest container I've seen it in is 5 gal, but an equipment dealer might have it in bulk and sell you a small quantity.
Bill
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Bill Marrs
Thanks for all the replies. I had an offer from a reader to sell me all the "correct" oils and I am taking him up on it. I also got some of the turbine oil, which I'll just use around the shop.
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