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Old 08-27-2008, 01:55 AM   #1
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Default how to lubricate ball bearing slides?

I have the kind of slides that if you put more weight on it, it slides smoother, not the kobalt or craftsman kind that fly open with the slightest pull.

What kind of oil should I use and how to apply it ?
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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I highly recommend this product by PB Blaster.This stuff is Amazing!!!! next time i'm at the store i'm buying the whole case.
Does not evaporate.

http://shop.blasterchemical.com/disp...?p=50003&pid=1
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:29 AM   #3
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:05 AM   #4
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Superlube #21030. It's a light viscosity synthetic grease that's clear and won't be seen when you pull the drawers out. It's also the official supplied lube for Snap-on's ratchets.

To apply, you smooth on a thin coat around the outside and inside of the slide members and then you push some in between the steel balls with your finger if you can reach them. Move the drawer in and out to work the grease in.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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Merk, how thin is the superlube, is it like silicone grease such as SilGlide?
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:31 AM   #6
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I'm not sure about SilGlide, but I have some Dow Corning #111 for using as an o-ring lube and it's nowhere near as thick as that.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:26 PM   #7
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where do you buy the super lube?
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:57 PM   #8
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I use water resistant marine grease. It is the same grease I use for my boat trailer wheel bearings.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:08 PM   #9
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I highly recommend this product by PB Blaster.This stuff is Amazing!!!! next time i'm at the store i'm buying the whole case.
Does not evaporate.

http://shop.blasterchemical.com/disp...?p=50003&pid=1
Where did you buy this? I need something like this for around the house and I hate WD40, doesn't lubricate well
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:18 AM   #10
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I was only able to find some 3 in 1 oil today, will it work? I read someone on here uses it on their drawers, I couldn't find the post tho.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:23 AM   #11
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I was only able to find some 3 in 1 oil today, will it work? I read someone on here uses it on their drawers, I couldn't find the post tho.
The 3 in 1 oil might wash out the grease that's in there now. All those oils you've read about in other posts are for friction slides.

The Superlube #21030 is not easy to get. I got mine from an industrial supply store. The upside is that it will stay in your slides for a very, very long time.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:39 AM   #12
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so is the superlube like pasty or what?

who is to say ball bearings are supposed to use silicone based lubricant instead of oil? Because I think I have seen both used in tool chests from the factory.
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The Superlube is not pasty; it's more of a cream consistency and it may not be silicone; the manufacturer refers to it as a "synthetic."

Accuride Co. makes the slides. If you buy the slides new, they'll have a clear grease inside them. Grease sustains loads better than oil does and provides for smoother, quieter operation.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:38 AM   #14
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so, 3 oz seems a bit small to me?? maybe get 2-3 tubes?
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:25 AM   #15
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If you're buying it online, I'd say 3 tubes since the shipping will be the same for 1 tube anyway. If you're getting it in town, it depends on how far you live from the source.

I think 1 tube will lube all the slides since you're not suppose to slop it on there anyway. If you can take the drawers out, that will allow you to gain more access to the inside of the slides.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:04 AM   #16
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Heres a link to Mil-com. Its all we use on guns. Bonds with the metal and works great. Most good gun shops or tackle shops carry it. If it works well on a Military gatling gun i would think drawer slides would be no problem. I'm going to give it a try.

http://www.mil-comm.com/index.php?op...word=corrosion

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I'd like to bump this old thread.

I have a Snap-on KRL Roller and Top Box. I've had it maybe 3-4 years. About a year the slides starting feeling "thick and gummy". Especially when the temp got below the 70's. So I called Snap-on and they told me to get some kind of stuff, the person I talked too didn't inspire confidence in me that they knew what they were talking about. I think the lube was some kind of sparay foaming stuff that I think was silicone based. Well, now it is back like it was and the lube just plain feels gummy again.

It's warming up a little, so things are starting to loosen up, but it's irritating that my Pretty Snap-On feels like the sliders are coated in Molasses.

So what's the best way to handle this? And what to use?
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Default Re: how to lubricate ball bearing slides?

I'd hit them with a little CitriSolve (or similar), let them dry for a day or two and then hit them with some fresh lube. I'm personally an advocate of white lithium for the slides, as it's pretty much maintenance free.
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I'd just get a clear caliper pin grease and add a small amount to the slides. Easy
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I'd hit them with a little CitriSolve (or similar), let them dry for a day or two and then hit them with some fresh lube. I'm personally an advocate of white lithium for the slides, as it's pretty much maintenance free.
Interesting looking stuff, thanx!
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