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lieutenantdan

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880 days ago

About to reassemble cast iron trunion and arbor on my 4511. Everything is clean, rust removed and 3 coats of black Rustoleum applied. What should I use to lubricate all the metal-on-metal machined areas and the worm gears? Also, when I replace the sealed arbor bearings on the arbor shaft is any lubricant required in this area?

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Marlow

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#1 posted 880 days ago

I used this with good results:

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#2 posted 878 days ago

Those might be good questions to post over at the Ridgid Woodworkers Forum, as a lot of those folks have the R4511.

I used a spray moly lube on my R4511 worm gear/quadrants for the tilt and elevation mechanisms. It is a little messy, but I wanted the moly for the high pressures encountered in those mechanisms. I also used it to lube the trunnions.

Addressing the same questions to the Ridgid Customer Support folks might be a good idea to get the factory recommendations.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#3 posted 878 days ago

Never never use any product that has silicone in it like silicone sprays it will contaminate your whole shop so that every thing you try and finish will have fish eye. The best lubricants around wood is graphite products like router bearing lubricants or speedometer cable lubricants. always check the label on all products in your shop to make sure there are not any silicone in them . one product that has tons of silicone in it is Armor all .

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#4 posted 878 days ago

I agree 100% with Jim. I learned about silicon issues from paint and body shops. Silicon is bad news when you try to finish, and it llingers for a while… strange. Liquid Graphite is what I’ve used. I got mine at Ace Hardware.

-- Harold

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#5 posted 878 days ago

I don’t lubricate trunnions, but graphite or wax would be good for
a lot of areas as dust doesn’t stick to them. Oily lubricants
get junk stuck to them so they are most useful for moving
parts in sealed enclosures or with very tight sliding tolerances.

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