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Thread: 1946 Delta Drill Press: Oiling Spindle

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    Boolit Master

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    Jun 2009
    North central Ohio
    The bearings in the spindle aren't sealed, they will have metal shields. I have two, I will periodically wipe the spindle (the part that lowers the drill chuck, it has a rack cut into the back side.) with an oily rag and using a syringe, squirt oil around the shaft (the part that holds the chuck). The bearings were lubed when the machine was manufactured but after 50 years they start showing their age. I can probably get the bearing number for you if you need to replace them. If they aren't screaming and clattering I wouldn't bother. Naturally the bearings are proprietary , I got mine from Timkin and yes, they were expensive. They are pretty good light duty machines, much better than current offering.

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  2. #22
    Boolit Master
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    Nov 2012
    Laramie, WY
    Quote Originally Posted by Wagnerwerks View Post
    Nla=no longer available. They are an odd bird. When the manual says oil the spindle, it means the top center section that goes up and down with the chuck.
    When I purchased mine, I fully disassembled mine and cleaned the bearings. I then used amsoil grease on it.
    I am hopeful that I never have to try to replace the bearings. It looks like a difficult endeavor. Right now, no squealing from the bearings and no apparent wobble at the chuck, so I plan to leave the bearings right where they are.

    You are, of course, more than welcome to drop by and help me whitewash that fence.


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    Lol. Just finished Tom sawyer with my kids tonight.

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    Ojai CA
    When I said Amsoil 20-50 "Racing Oil" This is what I meant. see pic below.

    Not just any old Amsoil, this stuff is special, it is red in color, and it works so well it is criminal.

    Best way oil, spindle oil and compressor oil out there and it wasn't meant for any of those.

    It just works!

    If you use it in your compressor pump it will coat the inside of your tank and you won't get rust thru or any rust in the water you drain out. I have had 3 compressors and all had this oil in them and all are still running. Never any rust in the drain water. Never a rusted out tank.

    You will have to go to a local Amsoil distributor to get the stuff and he will likely have to order it.

    Accept no substitutes !!!

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