About a year ago, I was picking up a grinder I found on CL and learned that the seller was actually liquidating VERY well stocked amatuer workshop. Once all the wheelin n’ dealin was over, I walked out with the grinder and a box full of other goodies. Among the haul, was a small machine oiler. Honestly, I’m not even sure how it ended up in the box, as its not a tool I ever took much notice of or highly desired. Everything happened sort of quickly, and it somehow became part of the package. I only had an extra $30-40 dollars on me, so I was just trying to buy as much stuff for my barren shop as possible. All said, I probably paid about one dollar for it.
Anyway, I’m glad I bought it. Its an uncommon homeowner tool in this day and age, but it shouldn’t be. Somehow, it seems that areosol cans of silicon lubricant have taken the place of the oiler in the vast majority of American garages. Don’t get me wrong, WD-40 and its variants have their uses. I used to use it all the time on everything….....until I got the oiler. Now I rarely touch the stuff.
The oiler has a long slender spout that can reach into most every nook and cranny of machinery, door hinges, automobiles, etc, etc. A quick push on the bottom of the can releases 1-2 drops of oil which is usually plenty for most applications. If not, another quick push gets it done.
I can select which lubricant I keep in the can, and there is very little waste (aka overspray, aka mess). I filled my can almost a year ago for the first and only time so far. I use it all the time and its still half full.
WD-40 has none of these characteristics. It comes with a tiny red straw that allows the user to apply it to confined areas, but I always manage to lose it within 12 hours of purchase. Straw or not, the areosol propellent seems to over-atomitize the product or propell it too fast which causes more overspray and gets oil everywhere. Its definitely more expensive, being $4-5 can but only seems to last 1/5 as long as a full oiler.
Bottom line is the oiler is a tool that seems to have fell from favor with most people. In my (tiny, feeble) mind, it seems like an incredibly superior method to deliver lubricant…......yet appears to be going extinct.
Anyway, just my useless thoughts on an ever so critical topic.