Lubricant / Protectant Choices for Tool Restoration

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Forum topic by Will_Wood posted 01-22-2012 07:45 PM 2155 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2012 07:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer refurbishing

I was inspired by all the tool resto blog entries on this site, and I’m currently restoring a Makita 2030N planer/jointer combo. I have removed the light-moderate rust from the machined surfaces and many of the bolt heads and other areas. Evapo rust is an amazing product. On those parts that needed rust removal, I soaked them in Evapo rust until satisfied, rinsed them, and dipped once more in clean evapo rust for 2 wks of protection (per the label). For other fasterns and parts, I’ve cleaned them in degreaser, rinsed with water, and dried quickly.

Which lubrication/protectants should I use to treat the following parts to protect them over the long term and discourage rust development?? I’m not too familiar with products beyond wax and WD-40 which are only good for their specific uses.

1. Machined surfaces: planer/jointer beds and jointer fence. I plan to use Johnson’s paste wax unless others have a better idea.
2. Planer columns (similar to a drill press column, they allow the planer bed to raise/lower for different thickness stocks). Again, I’m thinking wax might work?
3. Steel machine bolts: both threads and heads (heads had some surface rust)
4. Drivetrain for auto feed: includes a short chain and 3 gears and runs at relatively low RPMs, enclosed/protected from debris by a shroud
5. Plane bearings for autofeed: these have no ball bearings; the roller axle fits snugly in hole cut in a 1” cube made from steel.
6. Internal gearing between motor, planer knives drive, autofeed drive (totally encased, so I imagine some sort of grease.
7. Threaded raising mechanism, which includes a tall hex and bevel gear. These are exposed, but under the planer bed. I can probably build a shroud to prevent dust/debris from collecting.

Sorry for so many questions. Even if you don’t itemize answers, conceptual info on lubricants/protectants is also appreciated. I look forward to posting the resto once it’s done.

Will, Baltimore, MD

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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 09:41 PM

My thoughts only:
Don’t get too carried away with exotic stuff. Paste wax and machine oils coupled with regular maint. will be just fine. I don’t worry too much with all the goofy stuff that some might use to accomplish basic results.
Keep the stuff clean after each use. Kinda like a pocket knife. It won’t rust if ya keep it in your pocket, and keep it sharp. Having said that, I wash off my shovels after each use. Anal? Yep!


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#2 posted 01-24-2012 01:34 AM

Bill – Thanks for your reply and I appreciate your support for basic maintenance. I’ll stick with the basics and perform the periodic checks. I don’t find your approach anal – I wash my shovels too and it turns out they never do rust that way!


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#3 posted 01-24-2012 03:32 AM

I work for a MRO distributor and sell chemicals. There are hundreds of penetrants/lubricants/protectants that claim to do all of it in one. Conceptually, one of the best lubricants is a product containing molybdenum disulfide(moly lube). Mainly for its high heat lubricating properties. Other lubricants will contain petroleum, silicone, PTFE or a combination of all 4. PTFE is often used on bearings and gears as a lubricant. Products with silicone will give you waterproof protection and clings better than the others. Specific products labeled “Protectants” will often contain wax based formulas.

If rust prevention or inhibiting is your goal, it depends on the metal you are trying to protect. Machined surfaces like cast iron jointer beds will need more than just a simple lubricant(WD-40). Well, at least mine does with Texas humidity. I have used a parrafin wax product that works well.

There are also products specific for chain,cable and sprocket lubricant. Again, most of these products like the others, claim to lubricate, penetrate and protect.

I would try out different products that say they lubricate and protect. If you start to see rust, go find a specif rust inhibitor. I am staying away from recommending brands, as that is not my goal. Besides, I could only sell it to you by the case!

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 05:31 AM

It’s probably best to avoid any sprays with silicone. They can cause nightmares when it’s time to finish. This is especially true if you’re using the more finicky water-based products.

WD-40, LPS 1 or 2, and paste wax are the ones I’m used to using for machine maintenance. LPS 1 is one of those lubricants that doesn’t leave a greasy film behind so a lot of people consider it a good product around sawdust. It works fine but I find it’s a little on the thin side for some lube tasks.

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