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Old 11-06-2014, 09:58:41 AM
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What's the best lube for the steady rest posts, non roller?
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Best? white lead, but yiu can't use it anymore, years ago in the sixties I worked in a boat yard shop. Lots of large shafting work ,we would use an old piece of leather belting on yop of the jaws and soak it with graphite and oil. YMMV...
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Way oil. 10 character minimum make up here.
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Default Re: Lube for steady rest

Take medium grit emery with the abrasive facing the jaws, and add your lube to it. It wont chew up your finish. I have a tube of "Dixon's Lathe Center Graphite Lube" that works good. Have also used Dutch Boy white lead mixed with linseed oil and Lubriplate with good success.
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if your working on soft shaft the emery paper reversed with ordinary engine oil mentioned above works really good it grips on the steady jaws and doesn't move yet is kinder to the shaft in regard to marking...

only need to go around once don't overlap it so it won't tighten down on the shaft.
Used it many many times works well.
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I have used grease or STP as well. Years back they had a product called "Lindsay Lube" and it was very thick and used for centers and steady rests. Work well also for tapping in hard materials. I don't have any idea where to buy the stuff any more.

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Molybdenum Disulfide also known as Moly Greese also works well, just makes a bit of a mess.
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