Do you oil a band saw shaft?

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Forum topic by Newbiewoodworker43 posted 02-25-2014 08:26 PM 1741 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2014 08:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta band saw oil wheel shaft lubrication advice

When I removed the wheels from my 1951 Delta Milwaukee band saw I had a real hard time getting the upper wheel off. Should I oil the shaft? If so, what kind of oil should I use?

The lower wheel came off very easy and it seemed to have some sort of oil on the shaft…


-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 08:31 PM

Well, if it’s rusted clean it up with a scotch brite pad, then oil.
It would not hurt it. Either motor oil, or mineral oil.

Mineral oil is a very good oil for the shop.
You can use it in air tools, in home made cutting oil, on metal, on salad bowls.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 09:12 PM

I would use a lithium grease instead of oil.


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#3 posted 02-25-2014 09:25 PM

Why not try plus gas ? And re-oil it before replacingit. It has probably never been off before today. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 10:02 PM

+1 on the grease idea, it’s perfect for the kind of load and speed that would be encountered on the shaft supporting a bandsaw wheel.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 10:43 PM

Years ago I obtained a 1936 Band Saw, took it all apart and put it together. I replaced some of the guides but the main bearings were oil-fed. The kind of oil is not as important as making sure you get oil on the surfaces so the oxidation is retarded, and next time when it comes apart, it will do so a little easier. Personally I use Miracle Oil, mainly because I have a big can. It is a thin oil. The table of the band saw may be the focus of continued regular maintenance….I use the light oil, wipe it off and wax the table, carnauba car wax works good, or regular old paraffin wax, when I use paraffin wax, I use a heat gun, melt it into the wiped off oily surface, then scrape off the excess paraffin wax, then I use the carnauba car wax and buff to a smooth surface. Now I have a 17” General International band saw, still do the same to the metal surfaces. One thing I added was brushes to the
upper and lower wheels. That keeps the tires cleaner and reduces build up on the tires. About every once in a while I check the tires to see if the build up should be removed. I remove the build up by carefully using 100 grit on a stick where the sand paper is stapled onto the stick and gently place the sand paper on the tire to remove any build up. Opening the doors and turning the saw on can be an extremely dangerous thing to do….so as with all wood working tools and procedures, don’t do it if you do not feel safe. Turn the wheels by hand and be safe. Keep up the good work.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 01:17 AM

On the main shaft of the wheels, use a good grease.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 01:47 AM

I’m a little confused. I believe the wheels should be running on ball or roller bearings and those should be a press fit. They should be tight and a little difficult to remove. It won’t hurt anything to use a light oil on the shaft when reassembling as that will retard any rust or corrosion building up over the years. even better would be an anti-seize compound instead of the oil.

Pictures would help.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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