Lube and oil an old bit brace?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 04-23-2011 10:25 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2011 10:25 PM

I bought a Stanley 965 bit brace off’n the ‘Bay recently, and I’d like to know how to keep it in good working order. Inside the mechanical jaw mechanism, there is some dirt and old grease. Should I clean out the old grease? If I do, should I replace it with new grease or just use something like WD-40? Should I do anything to lube the ratchet mechanism, or leave it alone if it is working okay (which it is)? Thanks.

Also, I don’t have any bits yet. Are old bits fairly standard (meaning, do they work in most 8- and 10-in. braces) or should I buy only certain brands/models/types of bits? Thanks again.

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 12:23 AM

I believe the bits are standard. I have an old brace from my grandfather’s shop. I have aquired more bits to go with it. I have never seen anything but the standard or regular bits that you see around. To lube or not to lube …sorry I can’t help

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 02:49 AM

When I inherited my grandfathers brace, it had been sitting idle for decades. I cleaned it up with some carbeurator cleaner, followed by alcohol (cheap bourbon if I remember), followed by some sort of WD40 type stuff. It works like a champ. A drill press is far more practical, but a ratcheting brace is way more fun (once in a while).

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