View Full Version : A Greasy Spot To Be In... Or A Little Oil Goes A Long Way

03-30-2009, 05:35 PM
Ok I think I may have created to mess for myself. The Sheldon has a few zerk fittings that take oil. Well I grabbed the wrong gun today and squirted a shot of light grease into the spindle pulley back gear drive sprocket. Now this only moves when running the back gear. Now can I just flood it with oil or do I have to tear the spindle down and clean it out. :confused:

Memo change the color of the oil and grease guns. :o

So what say you?

03-30-2009, 08:24 PM
Run it,the backshaft prolly doesn't turn up enough revs to worry about.

03-30-2009, 09:24 PM
Oil should flush it out over time. I wouldnt be too worried about it. South Bend uses a grease in their back gear.

03-31-2009, 01:33 AM
That's kinda what I thought but then again I've been know to be wrong on occasion. And the fact I've read countless times here about the grease and spindles = bad. So I'll continue to flush with oil and use caution in the future. Thanks :)

03-31-2009, 08:13 AM
My lathe spindle uses grease.The only place I've been told to absolutely not put grease is on the ways.