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    Just wondering what everyone uses for waylube, can you just use a good motor oil?

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    You want an oil with tachafiers in it. When I'm in a real pinch I'll use chainsaw bar oil. Otherwise I think it's vectra #3 by mobile. I could be wrong, just guessing at the moment.

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    Depends what you are using it on, but really no. Way lube is different than motor oil.

    The motor oil you get at the auto part store comes with lots of additives that work in the high heat rough environment in an engine that has a filter to strain captured particles out, but in a cold quiet application like a machine tool's ways, those additives often get gummy and the oil doesn't work as good. Yes it's better than nothing, but actual way oil is not that much more expensive.

    Way oil is designed to stay slippery under lots of pressure with relatively low speed movements. Think about how you are trying to move a 100 lb. machine saddle in .0001" increments. Way oil helps make that movement fluid.

    In general, there's lots of different kinds of oils out there and I would start with what the manual recommends, but at the very least I would consider the following oils separately and generally not interchangeable.

    Spindle Oil
    Way Oil
    Hydraulic Oil
    Non-detergent motor oil, which doesn't have all the additives and is good for general purpose stuff like door hinges.

    Each oil also has a grade or weight, with is important as some oils need to stay put vertically, others need to climb gears, others need to be light enough to be pushed through pumps, etc. etc. etc.

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    I remember Richard King saying true way is sticky and does a better job for ways.. so I am switching back to real way oil.

    Since 1937...
    Hangsterfer's Way oil 2 5 Gallon pail | eBay


    BUT.....The Way Oil series is available in 5 viscosities

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    I just bought two gallons of 20w way oil from kbc for like 30 bucks.

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    I just looked on there web site and it's $20 something a gallon, was that a special they you found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Green View Post
    I just bought two gallons of 20w way oil from kbc for like 30 bucks.

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    Was this it? Results Page 1 :: KBC Tools & Machinery

    Thank you, always nice to find this in gallon vs. 5 gallon amounts.

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    Wow this hasn't come up for a while. The longtime standard was Mobil Vactra (2). This was reformulated at some point on request from the printing industry removing the tackifiers, the old Vactra 2 is now more or less Vacuoline 1409.

    Any oil designated as way oil should be fine, the standard viscosity is ISO 68. That covers everything except some huge machine or very special applications.

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    Regarding tackifiers, the description of EEZ Products way oils here: http://www.mullenoil.com/images/Lit-EEZ-WayOil.pdf
    says (among other things) the oils provide "mild adhesiveness."

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_dave View Post
    Was this it? Results Page 1 :: KBC Tools & Machinery

    Thank you, always nice to find this in gallon vs. 5 gallon amounts.

    David
    Yes that is it. Comes in a generic gallon just with a sticker on it. I agree, I don't always need 5 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catch22 View Post
    Just wondering what everyone uses for waylube, can you just use a good motor oil?
    mobil vactra #2

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstrickland View Post
    mobil vactra #2
    The formula has been changed and there really are no tackifiers in it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Green View Post
    The formula has been changed and there really are no tackifiers in it anymore.

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    Can you please provide a source for this ?? I have talked to our Mobil rep,and she assures me there are indeed tackifiers present in the current Vactra #2 . Not saying you are wrong or she is right, but I would like to know for sure. If you have a verified source I can quote I can have additional talks with our rep !



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