Here's a low tech solution that works, is low cost and lasts a long
1. Small tube of graphite from auto store that is used to lube car
2. Johnsons paste wax or Butchers floor wax.
3. Small jar like a baby food jar.
Fill the jar about 3/4 full with paste wax. Mix in the small tube of
graphite and a couple drops of mineral spirits to thin the wax out just
enough so you can get a good mix of the graphite. Don't worry if you
get to thin of a mixture, the mineral spirits will evaporate off after
awhile. Once everything is a nice thick wax loaded with graphite, use
a small brush to spread on all the gears. Dust won't stick to the wax
and the wax will hold the graphite in suspension. A small jar of this
mixture will last a long time so if it dries out - simply add a couple
drops of the mineral spirits and you're good to go.
For our industrial woodworking equipment we use Johnson's Paste Wax
(Yellow can) brushed on straight from the can on lead screws, mill,
router and lathe ways, saw trunnion screws, table tops and surface
plates. Wax dries and does not hold dust like oils will. Only thng, try
not to get it on something you will be sealing- sealer won't dry over
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