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Thread: Collets; R8, 5C, et al

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2005

    Default Collets; R8, 5C, et al

    Should they be kept completely clean & dry or have a light wipe with oil?

    Seems as if oil would not be desirable between collet and spindle but...this is why I ask.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2001


    I favor a thin film of light oil, to prevent rust.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    On the Oil Coast,USA


    Mine get doused with WD regularly in use,a little film of oil decreases wear and makes them easier to use I find.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Sunny So Cal


    I dust them off with WD as they sit in their holders and tool boxes. It does dry to an somewhat protective film that looks like they are rusting. Then for use I take a rag that is fairy damp with WD to clean off the old WD, comes off quick and the collet is slightly wet now with WD..

    Many people will not use WD but I really like the stuff. Its cheap and I use it like water. Definitely not a good lubricant but I like to keep my tools "wet" with it. I live close to the ocean and if any metal is allowed to dry it rusts. JR

    Oh, for real protection though I use LPS3 but its too thick for stuff I use regularly. But for stored tooling they get a blast of that.. Like cosmoline in a can

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    shreveport La


    I just let mine rust . Once they turn brown a little light oil and you dont have to worry about them any more . Kind of like gun blue ,just brown.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    N W La.


    I do like Lane and just leave mine alone... some of the R-8's must be 16-18yrs old -- (and they are -- GASP-- Chinese) and I dont even think they got the brown patina on them, But, I agree that that brown patina seems to be like blueing, and puts a barrier up against major rust,

    Its GOT to be a big factor in where you live and the conditions in your shop as to the care your tools need, -- I just dont have a rust problem in my shop even though here in La. it gets gawdawful humid!
    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Topeka, KS


    Isn't there a gunsmithing process of "browning" where the part is exposed to acid, rusts, the rust is steel wooled off and the Process repeated until it's a nice brown?

    For the OP, I generally don't do anything but wipe them off. If anything a light coat of some kind of light oil would be good: 3-in1, spindle oil, etc.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Beaumont, TX


    Collets are not finished like Jo blocks. They have a textured surface. A light coat of oil will just squeeze into the texture as you tighten. You do want to wipe them to remove any dust or swarf before and during use.

    I would not keep them dry as rust is far more harmful.
    Paul A.

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