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triskal

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04-29-2020 11:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw wheel lubricant

I know these three wheel band saws are not great but it was free. I’m trying to refurb it some. The wheels do not have ball bearings, just two brass or bronze hubs and an axle bolt. The lubricant in there was a grease of some kind. I cleaned them out and some of the grease was typical brownish/yellowish color but some was green.

I have some marine grease and some white lithium. I also have teflon lube and T9 that I use for bike chains but I assume those are not good choices.

Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 04-30-2020 02:24 AM

What model saw do you have? Does it specify anything in the manual? Are you sure there are no grease fittings over/around the bushings?

Bottom line is any lube is better than no lube. Without any other info, I would suggest using either a lithium or graphite based grease. The marine grease would probably work fine, as most are lithium based formulas. The white lithium would work as well, but the marine grease probably has some additives that may be more advantageous (such as anti-wear agents). YMMV.

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Brad

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#2 posted 04-30-2020 04:04 AM

I’ve been wondering this myself, and most owners manuals I’ve read don’t specify a specific grease or lubricant. I have a 50s cast iron jointer that I would love to polish up, belt is still in great shape barely any surface rust. But I don’t know the first thing about what goes where and why. My brother had told me not to use white lithium as it attracts dust and would stick to it, compounding a problem I am trying to prevent.
Is the only thing every done if make sure any parts that are contacting lubricated? Is something like 3in1 going to work? Are the worms the only place to ever put grease and what kinds should/shouldn’t and why, I haven’t been getting definitive answers scouring sites.

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triskal

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 02:03 PM


I haven’t been getting definitive answers scouring sites.

That is my issue as well. Most information is for low speed applications – garage door hinges, lawn mower wheels, bicycle chains. I guess the assumption is that most high speed applications are using some sort of ball bearings. In this case it is just metal on metal at 1700 RPM. My main concern is that whatever I use doesn’t burn up at that speed over time.

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 02:14 PM


What model saw do you have? Does it specify anything in the manual? Are you sure there are no grease fittings over/around the bushings?

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Nothing in the manual except to say the the ball bearings are permanently lubricated. As stated the drive and idler wheels do not use ball bearings

And definitely no grease fittings.

I am thinking that marine grease will have to suffice.

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#5 posted 05-02-2020 08:05 PM

Well if anyone is curious I went with the teflon bike chain lube. I put on some marine grease on one wheel and very scientifically spun the wheel with my hand and it spun less than with no lube at all. I tested another with the teflon and it spun much longer. So that is what I used. I will see over time how it hold up.

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