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Forum topic by CartersWhittling posted 02-11-2011 02:26 AM 2522 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CartersWhittling

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02-11-2011 02:26 AM

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Hello, I have just bought a metal shoulder vise and am wondering what or if any lubrication (grease/wax etc…?) would be good to keep it in good condition and turning smoothly?

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 02:28 AM

I use wax on mine. Every coup0le of months, I wipe it down and clean with a stiff bristle brush the re-wax.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 02:36 AM

A little wax goes a long way. You don’t ever want to use grease or oil in a wood shop because it just gathers sawdust and clogs up. Wax and graphite are you best bet for most wood shop lubrication needs.

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 04:21 AM

Wire brush the threads to get any gunk off then apply paste wax (NOT automotive wax) with a toothbrush, wipe off excess wax. Also need to lube whatever the vise uses to take the thrust from the screw. I use oil for that because can’t reach in there with wax.

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 11:57 PM

Thank you all for your replies. Wax seemed like the best option to me.

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 05:30 AM

I use wax and also spray graphite. The graphite doesn’t attract
junk and it is very slick.

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