Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 13 – Have You Checked Your Oil?

After over a one month hiatus, Max and Justin are back with episode 13!

Some of the things we talk about include:

  • Max has had limited time in the shop.  What does work always get in the way of what we want to do?
  • Justin purchased a sub $200 USD digital read out from eBay.  He calls it the Shenzhen DRO.  And so far it has been pretty good.
  • Justin’s new lathe – a Standard Modern 12×30 Utilathe.  It was terribly dirty.
  • Which leads us into maintenance.  Why do so many people neglect equipment?
  • Max goes into the wonderfully simple cone style plain bearings.  Keep it clean and adjusted!
  • Bearing preload
  • How do you keep track of all those oil points?
  • The importance of way oil
  • Chuck lube.  Let the debate begin.  Max and Justin like getting sprayed with oil apparently.
  • A live stream episode with Stefan Gotteswinter and Robin Renzetti?  Let us know your thoughts!

All that and a few tangents (would it be a show without a few?)

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Max’s website: The Joy of Precision and also his Youtube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdMt_havo3BxZJscvRCOGcw Max’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joyofprecision/

Justin’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thecogwheel  Justin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecogwheel/

7 thoughts on “Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 13 – Have You Checked Your Oil?

  1. Nice episode guys! You’ve convinced me that I need to take apart my Chinese lathe and clear those oil passages. BTW, do you know any good replacements for those crappy ball oilers they put in Chinese machines? Stefan mentioned them in some of his videos, but I didn’t catch the name.

    Looking forward to that livestream with Robin and Stefan. Here’s a question for them: spindles for dummies. A short guide, maybe with pointers for further research, to making spindles for home shop projects, from quick and dirty to relatively precise and rigid.


  2. A topic of discussion for the live stream podcast;
    ABom talked about specific attributes which made the Monarch lathe stand out to him.

    What manual machines have a unique mechanism that others don’t, or what machines do you want that have always stood out to you?

    For me, my unicorn is a Hardinge HLV-H lathe. I love the single massive way and the process of single point threading with the automatic stop and the retract on the compound. I WILL have my own some day!


  3. I am in isolation, like everyone else and am working away on my project while binge listening to your podcasts. It is a godsend and I thank you for doing it. Whenever you talk about something I know about I shout out to the ipad but you guys never answer. Damn.

    So you talked about oilers, grease fittings and related stuff but did you discuss oil grooves in ways? I miss bits when my big compressor kicks on so I’m not sure. Richard King talked about them a lot and Stephane puts them on all his machines, even coming up with clever ways to get oil through the gibs to the wear surfaces. Interestingly on his new lathe, the emco super 11, which is very high end, there are none on the cross slide, saddle or compound. Go figure. I know this because I have the same machine. I think he said he cut some to fix that. Very important to minimize wear. Finally, one of you said you had a dbit grinder with an r8 taper for the bit holder. This is unusual. Mine is an Alexander which is a high end deckel clone from England. In the 40s there was some sort of spat between England and Germany so Alexander cloned the deckel SO and the pantographs which were used for making injection molds. Those have the deckel collets with the buttress thread. The newer chinesium clones have 5C which is way bigger and better due to cist and commonality. That’s what Stephane and Robin have. You can get any size, square for grinding lathe cutters, hex, anything you want and for cheap. The deckel collets are a bunch more expensive even from china and you don’t have the range or capacity. 5C goes up to 1 1/8” whereas the deckel type probably not more than 3/4”. The original intent was for dbits only, not all the crazy stuff everyone does with them now. Still r8 collets are cheap and you will find the machine very useful I’m sure. Ok, on to the next episode. Please have Robin on again. You only scratched the surface. I really want him to do a video on his helicopter rotor head. Dying to see that.


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