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redvan22

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I cleaned up my Mini 7x16 lathe (Microlux) awhile back and thought I'd be smart and use grease on the ways, cross-slide and compound-slide only to find now that's its sludge and resembles something like dried peanut butter!

I used 3 in 1 oil before but it seemed to be missing the next time I got to the lathe so....

What should I have used instead?

Red
 

BaronJ

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Hi Redvan22,

Cheap, non detergent, motor oil, SAE30 or 32 is as good as anything.
I use single grade SAE30 on my lathe, and have done for as long as I can remember !
 

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When I first got a benchtop lathe, I used mineral oil. Worked well enough, though eventually I bought gallon jugs of the proper Mobil stuff when I got the big machines.
 

redvan22

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Excellent!
Thanks BaronJ and ThinWoodsman.
 

benmychree

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Mobil Vactra #2, made for machine ways and other lube uses.
 
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