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Bridgeport mill spindle oil. Velocite #6 or #10?

Laverda

Cast Iron
Joined
Mar 24, 2014
Location
Riverside County, CA
I have been using Mobil Velocite #6 oil in my 2HP series 1 Bridgeport mill for 20 years with no problems. I was recently told that is the wrong oil and I should be using Velocite #10 which is a little bit thicker oil. Searching the web, there is no definite answer. Even business specializing in Bridgeport mills and selling service, parts and oils, are different. Some say #6 and some say #10.

Just curious as I see no need to switch after this many years but am wondering what Bridgeport recommended. As all the mills they make today have sealed bearings, there is no info on their web site as to what to use. My Bridgeport service manual says Mobil DTE 32 oil which is a hydraulic oil.
 

Greg Menke

Diamond
Joined
Feb 22, 2004
Location
Baltimore, MD, USA
I've used both- ordered some #6 by accident, worked fine but quickly runs thru the spindle. #10 stays around a bit longer. DTE 32 would be fine too, though I tend to use that more on the lathe.
 

car2

Stainless
Joined
Sep 19, 2009
Location
Apex, NC
Agree with Greg, either is fine if you fill them up each time when used..the #6 runs tru quicker. I also use the #10 in the southbend journal spindle bearing cups for the same reason
 

Doozer

Titanium
Joined
Jul 23, 2001
Location
Buffalo NY
Bridgeport mills have ball bearings with preload.
Not like a jig borer, but some preload.
Unless you run 3 or 4000 rpm,
you do not need thin oil.
If you use ISO32 oil and the spindle does not
get hot, this is just fine.
If you are running 3 to 4000 rpm and using
tiny end mills or drills, and the spindle is
getting hot to the touch, then maybe use the
thin oil.

---Doozer
 

Cole2534

Diamond
Joined
Sep 10, 2010
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
At the instrument shop we used 30wt engine oil, those machines wereat least 30 years old and ran great.

I'm not convinced it matters all that much.

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