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 Post subject: Machine Oil question
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:47 pm 
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Question for the lathe gurus out there. I just got a new lathe and the manual says to use iso 68 machine oil in the gearbox. I didn't know this when I ordered it, so now I may have to wait a few days to use it if I order some. My local farm supply store carries ISO 68 hydraulic oil for much cheaper than what I can find machine oil for. Is this a viable substitute for the machine oil?

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 Post subject: Re: Machine Oil question
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If no one here knows, ask this forum. It's serious machine guys:

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/

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 Post subject: Re: Machine Oil question
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:05 pm 
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Mobil Vactra #2 will do just fine. Good oil for the ways also.


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 Post subject: Re: Machine Oil question
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:15 pm 
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I have shop full of machines and I agree with Oklahoma red. If it has no oil at all in it now and ventral not avaliable, use a light auto gearbox/differential oil.


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 Post subject: Re: Machine Oil question
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For things like lathes specific oils don't really matter too much IMO, as long as the viscosity is about right for the job at hand it will be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Machine Oil question
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Thanks guys! I think the oil that the local place has will work fine.

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