acreager
acreager
1 post
Joined June 2016

specific lubricants...

30 weight oil on the mainshaft. Wheel bearing grease on everything else. Loctite 242 on anything with a thread. This is what I found in the manual.

So can I just go to the gas station and buy whatever says 30 weight on it and something that says "wheel bearing grease?" Anybody have any more specific suggestions?

What 30 weight oil has worked for others? synthetic? oil for diesel engines? I dunno anything about oils. Help me out here. Best way to apply the oil to the main shaft?

Wheel bearing grease? Same question. Exactly what grease should I use? What's worked for other users? Best way to apply it to the machine? I read on another forum about using a chainsaw grease gun?

Any advice for a newb would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
dillon
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dillon
2,966 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: specific lubricants...

It simply is not that critical to narrow down the types lubrication as much as you are attempting to.
To answer your questions, we use whatever 30 wt motor oil is on sale.
We use a synthetic wheel bearing grease made by schafer
Bucolic_Buffalo
Bucolic_Buffalo
62 posts
Joined June 2016

RE: specific lubricants...

I use oil and grease for the garden tractor and oil for the whole house generator. Always a little bit left in the bottle. So I store it for a bit upside down and then drain that little left into a plastic Hoppes bottle with a needle on it. I always have synthetic 10W30 or 5W30 and that seems to work fine. For grease, I usually get Lucas Red N' Tacky at the farm store. When I used to tournament Bass fish, I always had a marine version on hand. It all works.
JeepHammer
JeepHammer
7 posts
Joined October 2016

RE: specific lubricants...

Straight 30 weight (no 15w30 or 5w30, ect.) doesn't have detergents, anti-foaming agents, ect.
A bunch of those additives evaporate and get real sticky.

There are HUGE differences in 'Wheel Bearing Grease', some generics are 'Grease' and that's about all you can say for them, while others repel water & encapsulate contaminants.
Generally, if it's black and stinking, stay away from it... It's basically petroleum sludge that has the larger sand filtered out of it...

'Synthetic' greases are *Usually* better quality, stick with brand names since you aren't going to use up a single tube in the lifetime of the machine.
If you look for synthetic grease that will work in all wheel bearings, including 'Marine' applications, then it will probably work better than the dinosaur crap sold in off brand discount packaging.