On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 07:32:47 +0000, Richard Edwards
Chainsaw bar oil will work. It is also likely to leave a tarry/gummy lacquer
all over the gears and covers if you leave it on for any length of time.
Father used it. Took me a long time to clean his lathe after he died
220 weight way lube works quite well, but will foam up a bit at high speeds.
Lithium grease is surprisingly effective and quiet running. If the lathe is
like a Myford with the hollow mandrel ending in the gear box, then stuff a bit
of rag down the hole in the left hand end of the mandrel and only ever remove
it by pushing towards the right. This will keep most of the swarf off the
gears, make them last longer and run quieter.
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