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Thread: Educate me on ball oilers

  1. #11
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    If you are replacing old ones, don't do anything to the hole. The tolerance is actually pretty close. Consider that you are aiming for a light press fit on a small diameter fitting - you need to be within a half-thousandth on size. If you are undersize you will collapse the fitting, if oversize it will need to be 'glued' in. You will not be happy with the chinese units. First time you use a longer taper tip and push the ball down a bit too far, the ball will stay down.

    The good ones, (Gits) can also be damaged but it takes a lot more abuse. Truly, you get what you pay for.

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    The Chinese ones that are in it seem to have held up ok 'cept for a few. Lathe is dated 1994 iirc. Main issue isn't the few damaged ones. It's the ones that get hidden by dro scales and stuff.

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    Do a test hole in 1/4 plate..

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    Below is a link showing the outside diameter of the Gits metric ball oilers.
    This should serve as a guideline as to the hole diameter required.

    https://www.gitsmfg.com/metric-ball-valve-oilers/
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    Looking on the GITS site, I notice that their products are made in China.

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