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?)

You can listen to it directly here:

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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/

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

  1. Garolite/phenolic machines really nicely. Smells terrible, though.
    The cheapest way to get a diamond grinder is to buy this thing and throw away the saw mounting bits. For some reason this runs slow enough that the diamonds don’t dissolve in steel, so it works on HSS too. I use it all the time!
    If you want a nice tool rest, you can bolt this one on:


  2. 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.


  3. 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!


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