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Forum topic by A10GAC posted 10-02-2013 01:11 AM 1138 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2013 01:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question stanley 42x lubrication

I was lucky enough to score a Stanley 42x as part of a package deal this past week off the bay …now that I have it, I just have to teach myself how to use it. I do have a couple of questions…

1.) There is a small collar (washer) that is approx. 3/32” thick on the anvil height adjustment screw. It floats free and prevents the anvil from being adjusted all the way to the upper limit of it’s travel. Meaning the anvil stops going up before I run out of the little engraved lines on the side. Is this normal?

2.) What is the most effective lubricant, if any, used on the anvils/springs? I disassembled the whole thing, cleaned up the crud, and it’s way smoother than when it showed up, but I keep thinking that it should be lubed. My in-shop choices are paste wax, lithium grease, molybdenum disulfide (moly B chassis) high pressure grease, a Teflon based dry lube, Break Free CLP ( the old stuff with suspended Teflon), motorcycle chain wax, or ?

hmmm, looking at the list I should probably pare down what I keep at the house…anyway….

My gut feeling is that it should be a dry lube to prevent general crud from sticking to it and gumming up the works, but the machining on the large anvil is pretty rough and I could see the value of a thicker grease as well.

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#1 posted 10-02-2013 02:07 AM

Toby posted the above link and this thread has awesome
info as well:

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 04:08 PM

Click the pix.

General info.

Doesn’t help you really, but the graduations are meaningless anyway, other than to put it back to where you had it last time. Adjust it for your saw and be happy. I leave mine dry so dust, especially metal dust, can just fall away and not grind things up. Wash it out with kerosene every so often.

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 05:43 PM

Thanks, for the links. I think I’m going to hit it with the Teflon based spray…once the carrier evaporates it leaves a dry Teflon/graphite film behind that attracts little dust.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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