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Long Spout Oil Dispenser Bottles Back in Stock

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A while back I had some really nice long spout laboratory wash bottles in the store that made oiling machines a breeze.  As luck would have it, my supplier went belly up and took my ready supply of reasonably priced inventory with them.  I have been getting quite a few inquiries about what happened to them, and all I could tell people was that I was looking for a replacement. Well I finally found some!  The biggest problem was finding a decent enough quality bottle that could be priced well below expensive “laboratory wash bottles”, and after sampling quite a few losers; I finally found a winner.

 

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These 18 OZ bottles are durable HDPE with semi-rigid spouts.  They are chemical resistant, so they can be used for acetone, acid, paint thinners as well as lubricants or cutting oil. Bottom line; these things are as handy as it gets; I’m stoked about having a few more of these things around for my personal use in my shop.

These are available in THREE BOTTLE SETS, because that seems to be the cheapest way to ship them (USPS Priority Flat Rate Padded Envelope).

 

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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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“How much is a Bridgeport Mill Worth?”

 

 

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I get alot of questions about what different machines are  worth, and to be honest; unless you are standing right next to a machine, it’s tough to say. About the best I can tell most guys is the most important factors are: Location, Condition and Tooling. Thats not much help to anybody that is looking to buy a new toy. The other day I got a note from a site viewer that made me aware of just how many aspects there are to the fine art of buying a machine, and how badly I missed the mark on just ONE of the considerations when I replied to his inquiry. Heres the Email:

 

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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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