I was using the plasmacam this morning and while jogging the torch to the front, it had a fairly noticeable squeak happening in the left gantry arm. Is it reasonable to squirt some WD40 or Lithium grease or dry lube or?, on the track? Or does it need a disassembly, clean and re-grease?
This is covered under chapter 8 of the factory manual. I have not ever found chapter 8 of the factory manual, so I don’t know what the factory recommends.
These guys seem to think blowing the bearings out occasionally and spritzing with some petroleum isn’t the worst thing you can do…
Personally, I’d like to put new bearings in, and THEN try to make sure we have a maintenance routine, once we know more about what’s actually in there.
In the meantime, WD40 is cheap and plentiful, but I worry a little about its flammability. If it were my equipment, I’d try silicon lube first, then petroleum products, probably teflon enhanced (I’m a sucker for teflon).
But ultimately, up to Chuck…
It’s one of those “nails on the chalkboard” squeaks that almost makes me want to run away or spray something on it! I almost sprayed on dry lube, but decided I would wait to check.
I actually did blow out the gantry…didn’t help.
It is also not a lubricant. Dry Moly might be a good choice.
Yup. WD40 is sticky once it dries. I feel sorry for anyone trying to use it as a lubricant, and wondering why their whatever is so stiff next time.
WD40 says it is.
Well, technically, they say “…special blend of lubricants…”
(I’m not arguing you should probably find something better, as that agrees with what I said, but I like being ornery, and the manufacturer DOES claim…well, see above.)
Who believes “independent 3rd parties” over manufacturers?
(I don’t actually know who the author of this article (Noria Corporation) is, and the author(s) and/or company they work for, may very well be non-independent, but it’s not immediately apparent, and I don’t consider it worth my while to figure it out for this joke).
Come on !!! We don’t lovingly call you the ‘Honey Bagger’ for nothing.
Dry lube only… There is a spot in the book that says what to use, I want to say graphite but cant say definitely.
A manufacturer has the primary motivation of selling more product…
We have “the book”?
A squirt of lithium would do it.
Here is the picture of what the book says
Do we have that book in electronic form?
If not, may I take the hardcopy and scan it? It’s in OK shape for the moment, but going downhill quickly…
I’d say that it would be a great idea to scan it before it is too bad of shape to do so.
I have access to a copier at work that does double-sided scanning and it will output a PDF file. It makes short work of this kind of stuff and beats manual scanning.
Our copier at DMS does all of that btw
Yep. I was thinking I’d borrow the book so I can use the scanners I have here (that I know how to use, which I believe scan double sided), but then it hit me: now’s the time to learn to use the Samsung. Surely it does that. I’m 99% sure I’ve noticed the ADF on it, so it should make short work of this, without having to leave the premises with the book.
Haven’t done it yet (because this thought just struck me this morning). Thinking about trying to next time I have a few minutes to spend @ DMS…
If someone else beats me to it please let me know.
Bringing a flash drive is the simplest way to scan with the Samsung we have. Infrastructure hasn’t connected the network to the printer yet