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02-09-2009 10:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fixed base router lubricant question

I have a Craftsman fixed base router, it doesn’t have a plunge option. It has the “dial ring” that screws the height up or down. I’ve had it for about two years, and I’ve used the heck out of it. However, I’ve never had it apart until today (THAT was an experience). The dial ring that adjusts the height is plastic, and the router casing that it rides against is also plastic. I’ve noticed lately that I can’t hardly adjust the height because the dial ring is almost stuck. So, today I got it apart and cleaned it.

My question is, what kind of lubricant can I put on the threads of this dial ring and router casing to help things along in the future? Surely oil would be a bad idea, because I would think that it would collect dust. Would dry or paste wax work?... or maybe graphite? I’ve never had to do it before, I’m just curious what you all use.

Thanks in advance…

Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †


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#1 posted 02-09-2009 10:50 PM

Steve,
Steve McLane that was with me at the St. Louis WW show suggested this BLASTER 50 TDL THE DRY LUBE and I have found many uses for it including the “gears” under my table saw, the gears I speak of is the mechanism that tilts the blade back and forth, a big dust attractant. This stuff does not collect sawdust, it dries to a white powder. It lubes most anything in the house and the shop. I found it at Menard’s and/or Rural King it’s made by the people that make the REALLY STINKY Blaster Penetrating oil BUT TDL HAS NO ODOR. It contains no Silicon and can be used on plastic. Oh yeah it comes in an aerosol can.
John

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 10:57 PM

Could be zinc or mgnesium stearate?

Bob

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 01:02 AM

Steve, I’d reccomend just using a high quality paste wax. Apply liberally and allow to dry. Use an old toothbrush to remove any wax on the surface and crevices. Finally, with a lint free rag polish the surface untill it is slick and smooth.
I have used this process for many years and as long as you remove all surface wax, it will not attract dust and is cleaner than any lube, wet or dry…

Hope this helps,

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 01:54 AM

Steve, I know some people will think I am crazy on this one but I use a bar of soap on all our routers at the shop and here at home. Works great and nothing sticks to it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 02:17 AM

Hi Steve, We at the printing company use spray silicone for things like that. It lasts a long time too.

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#6 posted 02-10-2009 06:45 AM

Armour-All works great!

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#7 posted 02-10-2009 08:14 AM

Wow, lots of replies… I thank you all for that. I’ve got a little cleaning left to do on it then I’ll get it back together nice and lubed up. I appreciate everyone’s input…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 02-10-2009 01:26 PM

Dido to Cessnapilotbarry. We don’t allow any WD-40, silicone, or Armor-all in the shop for that same reason.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 02-10-2009 03:14 PM

Hi Steve;

Woodcraft is carrying a product call slip-it. This works great for many sticky situations.

Plus, tested against soap. it doesn’t make your hands clean, so it looks like you haven’t been doing anything. LOL

Ditto with keeping anything with silicone out of the shop.

Lee

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#10 posted 02-11-2009 06:47 AM

This is a great thread. I had the exact problem with my Craftsman router. I foolishly used WD-40 after I had to take it apart to get it to turn again. It just created the problem of sawdust collecting and I had to do it all over again. I never found a good solution until now.Great advice guys. Also, thanks to CessnaPilotBarry and cabinetmaker for the tips. I never knew.

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#11 posted 02-11-2009 04:14 PM

I have used the TDL stuff in the shop before with good success but not in this application, but I would see no reason for it not to work.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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