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Good News for International Customers on Shipping Charges

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One of the biggest bummers for International buyers is excessive shipping charges. I don’t tack on any handling charges, but the cost of getting a Medium Flat Rate box overseas can get up to 70$, and I can’t blame potential customers for opting out when it gets to checkout time. One of my customers asked me to make up a “small kit” of 8 OZ bottles with all four of the Recommended oils, so that he could take advantage of the cheaper shipping price. The end result was a savings of 45$ on shipping! Bottom line: This is too good a deal to be a one-off deal, so its here to stay. Now there is a new product (called ABC Lite) that is the Recommended Oils in a smaller package that ships for about  a third of the regular ABC lube pack. I hope that helps some; I wish I had come up with the idea myself.

Roy Dean DE-112 Grease and the Modern Equivalent

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One of the most frequent question I get from my customers is if I carry Roy Dean DE-112 grease (as specified in the SBL Lube Chart). This chart dates back to when cars had running boards, and some of the lube requirements are somewhat out-of-date. the Roy Dean grease IS still available through Steve Wells @ the SBL workshop at www.wswells.com, and Steve Brooks at stevewb on Ebay. These guys have THE LAST remaining inventory of the Roy Dean grease, and have told me when its gone, there won’t be another production run. Get some now, if you want it! This led me to look around for a modern alternative, and I have come up with a reasonable substitute. But lets look at the history of Roy Dean grease first:

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Changing an Arbor on a Jacobs Drill Chuck

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Anyone who owns old machines probably scours Ebay for orphaned tooling for their pride and joy. One of the benefits/curses of that pastime is that you tend to accumulate broken/wore out tooling. Some of the broken drill chucks I have acquired over the years are starting to look pretty good to me considering some of the prices I’m seeing online, these days. Last year I bought an Llambrich drill chuck (made in Spain by Jacobs Chucks) at the CAMS Yard Sale with an R8 arbor that worked real nice (initially, anyway). The last time I used it there seemed to be an awful lot of runout, and I put it aside for future investigation. Today I decided to take a look at it……………..

 

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Cleaning Up My New “Albrecht” Yard Sale Chuck

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Yesterday at the CAMS Yard Sale, I parked my truck and made a frantic dash for the sellers tables before I unloaded all my stuff to start selling. This was one of the first items that caught my eye.  I had a decent size keyless chuck on my want list for a while, and there it was, and on an R8 arbor, to boot! I picked it up and it looked to be in good working condition, but maybe a little banged up, but it was an Albrecht! I started doing the rebuild in my mind before I even asked the price, and was shocked when Chris told me $40. Thats a hell of a deal for a 5/8 Albrecht chuck on an R8 arbor, and I didn’t think it would be wise to question the deal and happily paid him and went on taking some pictures.

 

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Chinese Lubricants; Its Just Oil, Right? (Oy Vey!)

As one might expect, I tend to get involved in alot of discussions about machine tool lubrication on different forums (against my better judgement). My views are VERY CLEAR: buy good stuff for your machine tools, and they will love you long time. PERIOD.

The other night I posted some sources for the ROY DEAN  DE112 grease for the cone pulley and back gear on the South Bend Lathes on the South Bend Lathes group on Yahoo. This is the grease that SBL recommended as the lubricant for these parts when it was determined that the oil points were not being lubricated on a daily basis.  I always wondered why some lathes were marked “OIL”, and some marked “GREASE” on the cone pulley and back gear. It is my IMPRESSION (because I have no facts to back it up) that the parts marked OIL and GREASE are identical, just the lubrication requirements are different. It was felt that in production shops that the lathes weren’t being lubed with oil every day, so SBL changed the lube to the ROY DEAN DE112 grease applied ONCE A YEAR. Their feeling was that that should provide enough protection to the cone pulley and back gear. Thanks to Jim B from the Yahoo South Bend Lathe users group for that tid bit. I have to believe that SBL spent a little time and money researching what grade and viscosity of grease or oil would work best in this application. Their word is good enough for me.

 

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