Gear lube for change gears?

Any recommendations for open gear lube? Hopefully, something easy to find.
My Atlas lathe manual recommends Keystone 122. No longer produced and its
successor is not easy find.
Gary Brady
Austin, TX
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Gary Brady
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Lubriplate is suggested here.
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bzzzt
No longer produced? That's a damned shame. I've been using the same spray can for years and can't say enough good about it aside from it being very messy to handle when making the very occasional gear change. If you happen on a source for the Keystone product, please be certain to let us know. I'd gladly buy a second can of it.
Harold
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Harold & Susan Vordos
messy to handle when making the very occasional gear change. If you happen on a source for the Keystone product, please be certain to let us know. I'd gladly buy a second can of it.>
The replacement product is Keystone Moly 29 Open Gear lubricant. The rep's email goes on to say that any automotive grease with "Moly" and/or stringy or tacky characteristics can be used successfully. The first thing that comes to mind is high temperature wheel bearing grease, but I'm not sure that this is the right grease to use. The only local Keystone dealer is across town, don't know if he sells in small quanitities, etc., so I thought I would get other input on this.
Gary Brady Austin, TX
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Gary Brady
Interesting. The stuff I have (I have the can before me) turns out to be Keystone 423 open gear lube, not the #122 you mentioned. It goes on as thin as water but quickly evaporates the solvent, leaving behind what could best be described as some VERY sticky grease, almost black in color. It takes very little to do the job, and it sets up an endless string gear to gear when running at reasonable speed. Considering I bought the can I have in the late 60's, I imagine it, too, is no longer available. If it is, though, you'd be well pleased with it. The one negative may be that it doesn't contain any moly, so it may not suit your application. I'm not thinking a bearing lube would be a good choice, if for no other reason, it isn't likely to stay on the gears at high speed because it isn't very sticky.
Harold
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Harold & Susan Vordos
Hey Gary,
For the "tacky" quality in a commonly available product, try chain oil, or motor-cycle chain oil, or chain-saw bar oil.
Take care.
Brian Lawson, Bothwell, Ontario. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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