Deckel FP2, drag in the Y axis slides, low oil in the (upper) speed gearbox
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    Default Deckel FP2, drag in the Y axis slides, low oil in the (upper) speed gearbox

    I was drilling some holes yesterday with the FP2, and when I moved the Y axis there was a drag that I normally don't feel. I ignored it for a few minutes, while wondering if the Y gib needed adjusting, but then a little light came on in my head. I checked the oil level in the upper (speed) gearbox. It was low (below the sight glass). I topped it up (somewhere around a half liter) and ran the machine at 2000 rpm for a few minutes to splash oil around (since that also lubricates the Y-axis slideways). Problem fixed.

    If the Y axis of your FPx machine is dragging, don't ignore it!

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    Interesting I did not know that the splashing of oil also lubricated the Y-axis slide ways, I thought the oil container in the headstock did that solely via the wicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisCA View Post
    Interesting I did not know that the splashing of oil also lubricated the Y-axis slide ways, I thought the oil container in the headstock did that solely via the wicks.
    This is the case indeed, but these containers get oil from the gears in there


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