Advice on lubing pulleys and shafts?

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Hello. I have a craftsman professional 351.217150 lathe. I got it home and turned it on. Noticed some issues with rpm. Opened the headstock housing and ball bearings went everywhere. I replaced the link and bearing on the transmission axel shaft. Have a new drive belt coming tomorrow as it was bad. I took the top shaft apart that has a 2 part pulley that is supposed to move apart when changing rpgs. It was not easy taking them off the shaft.

My question is should i lubricate the shaft and pulleys and if so what should i use?

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#2 posted 12-04-2015 10:30 PM

I use Johnson’s Paste Wax, applied to the gears and ways of my Unisaw with an old tooth brush. The wax makes a great lubricant and the surface of it dries, preventing sawdust from sticking and building up on it. For the shafts I use a minimum, just a drop or two, of Teflon based light machine oil at each bearing point.

Don’t ever use any lubricant containing silicone on anything in your shop. If you do, and it gets on your wood, the finish that you apply later to the wood will develop fish eyes. Once silicone oil gets used in a woodshop it seems to spread itself in tiny invisible droplets or tracks onto everything. It is permanently banned from my shop because I have seen the finishing problems that it has created in others woodshops. Wax and most oils can be removed from wood with alcohol or paint thinner. Silicone based lubricants cannot be completely removed this way.


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