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    I recently purchased a 6" Phase II rotary table. I didn't realize, it did not include oil for the reservoir. Rather than place another order just for the oil, is there any type of oil available locally, such as at an auto parts store, that would work just as well? I think it's a 10 weight oil they recommend.

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    A manual RT is not going to be spinning at multi-hundreds or thousands of RPMs. Just use a good grade of 10 weight and keep it full. Even 3in1 oil would be a good choice.

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    • #3
      Any good light weight hydraulic oil should work just fine also. To repeat the standard warnings, you do NOT want to use a high detergent motor oil.

      Pete

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      • #4
        Just pickup some nondetergent 10wt at the local parts store.
        I cut it twice, and it's still too short!
        Scott

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        • #5
          oh crap .. they take oil ?
          John Titor, when are you.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dr Stan View Post
            A manual RT is not going to be spinning at multi-hundreds or thousands of RPMs. Just use a good grade of 10 weight and keep it full. Even 3in1 oil would be a good choice.
            don't know that is that simple.....but I claim no expertise. Its not speed that is the issue, but iirc there is a demanding sliding action of the worm against the wheel gearbox needing some special stuff....and there's a good chance one is bronze so you have to be careful any extreme pressure additives are ok with bronze. I'd keep poking around....and its a good subject so let us know what you find out.
            .

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            • #7
              It's not really that critical.
              As mentioned I'd stay away from high detergent type engine oils or gear lubes with EP additives that are not yellow metal friendly.
              Way oil, spindle oil, or a straight ISO 32-46 hydraulic oil, (which should be easy to source), would my first choice.
              All of these oils operate at some very high pressures and loads for the various applications that they are recommended for and also have excellent R&O (rust and oxidation) protection capabilities.
              Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
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              Location: British Columbia

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              • #8
                Thanks for the responses. I was given two 16oz bottles of Skill Hammer Oil. It is intended for use in air tools. According to the label, it has anti wear additives in it. I guess it would not react with bronze bearings, as many air tools have them. Would this be OK?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GBertolet View Post
                  Thanks for the responses. I was given two 16oz bottles of Skill Hammer Oil. It is intended for use in air tools. According to the label, it has anti wear additives in it. I guess it would not react with bronze bearings, as many air tools have them. Would this be OK?
                  probably

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                  • #10
                    I had the same question about eight years ago and just called ENCO tech support and they told me to use standard SAE 30 weight without the detergents. I put a servo drive on that table and it was used for several years with a 280 lb load siting on top of it, going back and forth all day. Never had any trouble with it. I'm pretty sure any good quality oil in the 20-50 weight range would work fine.

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                    • #11
                      You guys may want to give this article a skim. AGMA is the source for gear tribology standards. I am now searching for Forrest's "unicorn wax" as it sounds like the one bottle answer!! http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/926/gear-oils

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                      • #12
                        Does anyone know how much oil it takes to fill the 6" Phase II rotary table resovoir?

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                        • #13
                          This is the oil that the manufacturer of my Yantai table says to use.

                          a.Mobil-DTE oil medium
                          b.ESSO-Teresso 46(3)SHELL-Shell-Tellus oil 46

                          You could probably use olive oil !it's healthier.

                          JL..............

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                          • #14
                            I have the 8" Phase II. I don't remember how much it takes to fill it, but if your's is the horizontal/vertical, then the oil runs out onto your mill table when used in the vertical orientation, so better to have extra oil on hand to refill it. Also, those little ball oilers can be filled with the little high-pressure oiler from HF. They have a tiny tip, squeeze trigger and only cost about $5 and work perfectly for the spring-loaded ball oilers that seem to be everywhere.
                            Cheers,
                            Gary

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mikeamick View Post
                              oh crap .. they take oil ?
                              I am a few days late in following this thread - apologies if it is already dead.

                              I have a cheap Chinese 6 inch H/V rotab bought from Wholesale tool several years ago. I looked it over today and do not see anywhere that it would be oiled unless it was dismantled. Are other rotabs different?

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