I've never used anything on mine. In fact I find that I need to clean mine
off with Stoddard solvent every now and then to remove the crud. Most
likely it is a matter of the materials involved, the geometry of the
surfaces, and the adjustments. The ways on my old lathe are heavy 2"
chrome-plated DOM steel tubes and the tailstock and banjo move on it pretty
well. If my lathe had flat machined ways I'd probably give Drislide a try
since it is not terribly messy and seems to stay where it is put.
Well, Mineral Oil and WD40 are among the worst things, they attract
dust and bind to it, not a good thing. I would never use either.
I use BoeShield, it provides a slight bit of lube, and protects the bed
I agree that lubing your ways is not the issue, the issue is binding of
some sort that a lube job will not fix
On 12/27/14 1:03 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
From their website: "T-9’s unique formulation of solvent carrier and
I believe MSDS info only has to list potentially hazardous material and
manufactures aren't necessarily compelled to list proprietary
ingredients that would reveal patented secrets, etc. Or something like
In any case, one MSDS (which you probably read) lists odorless mineral
spirits and white mineral oil. You will notice the percentages of those
only add up to 71, however.
Another MSDS also lists propane, butane and other petroleum distillates
as well as mineral spirits and white mineral oil. These things all only
add up to 76% of ingredients and are likely the carriers and
propellents. This MSDS also lists Non-Hazardous Components as the
remaining 24% ingredients, which we can assume to be the paraffin wax
Boeshield claims to be business end of the product.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
On Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:45:34 AM UTC-6, Electric Comet wrote:
I use a product called "Slipit" which is referred to as a sliding compound.
It comes in both spray and wipe on. I use the wipe on that you apply wi
th a brush or a wet rag and then wipe it off. Not only does it help things
slide easier it provides pretty good rust protection for the lathe bed, sa
w tables, drill press, etc. The wipe process is a little messy but does no
t take long. I also use it for the sliding mechanisms on our camper slide
It is silicon-free and doesn't leave residue. I get mine from Grizzly but
I think I have seen it at Woodcraft and other places. A quart can will las
t a long time - Loooong time.
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