- Jan 15, 2013
I have had a Grizzly South Bend 8K for a while now, and I have yet to find a decent procedure for lubing it. I have no problem oiling the spindle bearings, but greasing the other zerks is a royal bumblecluster. The cheap, plastic push-feed grease applicator I got with the lathe was lousy when new, quickly become absolutely useless, and eventually went in the trash. I've tried two different pump guns, but they have the bigger, automotive-style locking tips that are a supreme hassle to attach. Furthermore, they grip the zerks so firmly that while trying to remove it from the right-side leadscrew bushing, I accidentally pulled the fitting completely out of the housing. I frankly spend as much of my time greasing the gears and shafts and then cleaning excess grease off the lathe, my bench, the gun, and my hands as I do cutting metal. Does anybody have any recommendations to streamline greasing and oiling my lathe? How do all you other people do this?