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    I’m total novice when it comes to machining and have never used a rotary table. I have a Craftsman 8â€‌ rotary table with the XY axis handles too. It’s extremely clean and looks like it wasn’t used. The rotary table and XY axis are not silky smooth, like I think they should be. I haven’t adjusted the gibs either. I want to take this puppy apart, clean it up as necessary and grease everything to see if it makes a difference. Is there anything complicated about re-assembling it or something I should be aware of before doing so? BTW, what kind of grease should I use?


  • #2
    Use way lube, not grease. Grease attracts grit and chips and then they grind into everything. Inside the the rotary table if the unit is enclosed use R&O lube if it has a bronze Worm and/or Worm Gear otherwise use the way lube.

    [This message has been edited by Thrud (edited 11-30-2004).]


    • #3
      I have seen use of Way Lube mentioned several times on this forum. Is there a special brand name or manufacture for "way lube" how do I find such a product? Help us non knowers!!!

      [This message has been edited by lugnut (edited 11-30-2004).]

      I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.


      • #4
        Hello. One brand of way oil is Mobil Vactra. It comes in different viscosities. Most small lathes use Vactra # 2. Some larger machines use #4. As far as I know, the smallest size container it comes in is a 5 gallon pail, but if there's a machine shop close to you, you might be able to buy a smaller quantity from them.

        [This message has been edited by pete913 (edited 11-30-2004).]


        • #5
          I have a two page instruction sheet with
          an exploded view and part list for the Craftsman 8â€‌ rotary table if you need it.Not a lot of info but may be handy to have.
          I can email it to you or any one else who might need it.


          • #6
            Enco sells Vactra #2 & #4 by the gallon for about $12.



            • #7
              Just remember that the first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts, and you should be okay.

              You might run into shims. If so, keep careful track of where they go and the order they go in.

              Try to make a living, not a killing. -- Utah Phillips
              Don't believe everything you know. -- Bumper sticker
              Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
              There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
              Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
              Don't own anything you have to feed or paint. - Hood River Blackie


              • #8
                You can also get "way" and "spindle" oil from McMaster in gallons.

                Paul A.
                Paul A.

                Make it fit.
                You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!


                • #9
                  I have been told that way oil in my lathe which is recommended is actually hydraulic oil this is recommended for the ways and the headstock oiling in my lathe number 32oil.Alistair
                  Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


                  • #10

                    Make sure that you use an AW Hydraulic oil (anti-wear type) if you do that Alistair. R&O Gear & Bearing oil is far superior but often more expensive.

                    ****NEVER**** use motor oil or normal gear oil ESPECIALLY if you have brass or bronze parts in the drive line of your equipment - these promote acid formation and will destroy the yellow metal components in the drive line.