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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 05-07-2018 11:28 PM 1069 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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05-07-2018 11:28 PM

I found this Foredom flex shaft at a local Restore. I don’t know much about it except it seems to turn okay. I’m wondering though if they require any periodic oiling in the shaft part? Anyone care to share their knowledge of lubricating one.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-08-2018 01:58 AM

The manual says to clean and grease the shaft after 50 hours of use.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 02:14 AM

I’m thinking graphite would be the best for that. I think the inner flex wire comes out and can be coated with graphite and slipped back in. I use that on my Harbor Freight hanging power carver.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 05-08-2018 03:08 AM

Thanks guys. I will get some lube for it and give it a try. I can hook it to either my old Dremel or my cordless drill for now. I’ll have to experiment with it. I only have some old Dremel bits at this point.
Thanks again. And Thanks Brad for the link to the manual.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 05-08-2018 11:10 AM

A quick trip with Google to find the manual provides maintenance info. They recommend a white grease.

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mpounders

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 09:09 PM

It’s best not to store it coiled up. It can develop kinks and cause the shaft to wear out quicker than it should. Hanging it pr laying it straight is preferred.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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BlasterStumps

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#6 posted 05-09-2018 12:29 AM


It s best not to store it coiled up. It can develop kinks and cause the shaft to wear out quicker than it should. Hanging it pr laying it straight is preferred.

- mpounders


Great to know that. Thank you! I will fix a hanging storage for it. It only cost me $5. I felt very lucky to find it. You wouldn’t believe how long I have wanted a flex shaft in the shop. I plan to take care of it. I may even look into a hammer handpiece and some carving tools. So fun (I think). I’m going to be keeping an eye out for a used FOREDOM benchtop lathe to power it and to use as a buffer.
Thanks again,
Mike
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Clarkswoodworking

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#7 posted 05-09-2018 02:58 PM

That shaft will fit this machine

https://m.harborfreight.com/flexible-shaft-grinder-and-carver-40432.html

I have one it works great

Scott

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BlasterStumps

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#8 posted 05-09-2018 05:01 PM



That shaft will fit this machine

https://m.harborfreight.com/flexible-shaft-grinder-and-carver-40432.html

I have one it works great

Scott

Thank you Scott! I will be in HF in the near future and will look into it. Might have to save some mad-money first. : )
- Clarkswoodworking


-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 11:45 PM

If you hang it up to keep it straight and out of the way, Like I do mine, you might want to cover the end with a piece of material or paper towel using a rubber band, etc. When using it the shaft will get warm which in turn warms the lubricant and makes it softer ( runnier, if this is a word ) and it may drip at the end or just set their until touched with something. It isn’t much, but is annoying to get on hands, clothes, or in my case a piece of wood. This has rarely happened, but I don’t take any chances now. By the way, this happened with the manufactures lubricant in it while still new.

-- MEL, Kansas

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BlasterStumps

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#10 posted 05-10-2018 03:38 AM


If you hang it up to keep it straight and out of the way, Like I do mine, you might want to cover the end with a piece of material or paper towel using a rubber band, etc. When using it the shaft will get warm which in turn warms the lubricant and makes it softer ( runnier, if this is a word ) and it may drip at the end or just set their until touched with something. It isn t much, but is annoying to get on hands, clothes, or in my case a piece of wood. This has rarely happened, but I don t take any chances now. By the way, this happened with the manufactures lubricant in it while still new.

- mel52

I did hang it but may find a place where I can lay it down flat. Thanks for the advice. I was looking at the Foredom lube and see it is about $7. Not too bad but I imagine there are other lubes that will work too. When I get back into the city, I will search around to see what I can find.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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ClaudeF

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#11 posted 05-10-2018 02:34 PM

Make sure the lubricant you get says it is good for high speeds – not all are…

Claude

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#12 posted 05-10-2018 09:11 PM

I will Claude, thank you.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#13 posted 05-11-2018 12:05 AM

A little lubricant on the shaft goes a long way.

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