Instructables

Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

Picture of Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

There a few things that you have to do to keep a Metal Lathe running nice and smooth. Keeping the Headstock, Gearbox and Apron oil filled. The Leadscrew feed Rod, Tailstock, Cross Slide, Compound Rest, and the Carriage all have ball oilers that need oil added.

What you need:

8mm Hex Wrench
Mobil DTE Oil Heavy Medium
Rag to clean out metal chips and spilled oil
old soda bottle washed out and cut down
Pump Oil Can
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

Picture of Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop
IMG_0687.JPG
IMG_0688.JPG
IMG_0689.JPG
We have a 5 gallon Bucket of the Mobil DTE Oil heavy Medium, to make it easier on us, we use an old soda bottle that is washed and  cut down.  Pour oil in to the bottle.

Step 2: Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

Picture of Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop
IMG_0690.JPG
IMG_0692.JPG
IMG_0694.JPG
The headstock.

The inductor is located below the K L speed dial. If the oil line is below the red dot, you need to add Mobil DTE Oil Heavy Medium oil. The spout to add the oil is on the top of gear box in the back corner. Unscrew the hex nut with a 8 mm hex wench, and add oil till the indicator is fill.

Step 3: Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

Picture of Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop
IMG_0701.JPG
IMG_0702.JPG
IMG_0703.JPG
IMG_0705.JPG
Gearbox

The inductor is located below the KC D 0 E F speed dial. If the oil line is below the red dot, you need to add Mobil DTE Oil Heavy Medium oil. The spout to add the oil is under the thread chart cover. To remove the cover just lift off the cover.  Unscrew the hex nut with a 8 mm hex wench, and add oil till the indicator is fill.

Step 4: Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop

Picture of Lubrication of a Jet Lathe at TechShop
photo.JPG
The Apron

The inductor is located below the K L speed dial. If the oil line is below the red dot, you need to add Mobil DTE Oil Heavy Medium oil. The spout to add the oil is on the top of gear box in the back corner. Unscrew the hex nut with a 8 mm hex wench, and add oil till the indicator is fill.

The the Headstock, Gearbox and Apron should be check no more then once a month.