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#1 kbastro

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:51 PM

any recommendations on a good grease for the re-do of greasing a mount?

I am looking for something that can handle +30C/86F to -10C/14F?

what is better lithium (white) or teflon based like duralube?

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#2 Midnight Dan

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:57 PM

Superlube.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:59 PM

[quote name="Midnight Dan"]Superlube.
Yep...

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:20 PM

Another Superlube

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:13 PM

I used superlube on the sliding (plane) bearings on my AP600 and it was too sticky.

AP and Bisque both recommend lubri-plate 105. since I couldn't find that i used white lithium grease. which is not recommended, but it certainly performs better than superlube for me.

the ball bearings on my CGEM though i use superlube.

#6 Phillip Easton

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:32 AM

I used SuperLube on my iEQ45 and didn't see any problems. I reduced my PE so assuming it at least didn't hinder things ;) Rated temperature range from -40°F to +450°F.

Wow, looked up lubri-plate on Amazon. Not cheap, worth the price?
http://www.amazon.co...93-L0034-092...

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:42 AM

Er..Phil...that's the price for 12 tubes. So, about 5-6 bucks a tube?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:47 AM

all of the China mounts I've seen use ball bearings on both of the axes.

while my AP600 and my old Vixen GP both used plane bearings, which don't have balls or rollers. I guess a less charitable word for these would be "bushings" or "sleeve bearings."

i suspect these sleeve-type bearings aren't too amenable to thicker lubricants, hence my lack of success with superlube.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:50 AM

I use Lubriplate No.105 for my Paramount ME.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:59 AM

Er..Phil...that's the price for 12 tubes. So, about 5-6 bucks a tube?

Paul


LOL Thanks Paul, guess I shouldn't be so quick to reply.

Cheers!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:47 AM

SuperLube.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:23 AM

For ball bearings "Superlube"
For Bushings (metal to metal surfaces sliding against each other)"Lubriplate No.105"

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:42 AM

Superlube.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:35 PM

For ball bearings "Superlube"
For Bushings (metal to metal surfaces sliding against each other)"Lubriplate No.105"


What about for gear surfaces? Lubriplate 105 is marketed as an "engine assembly" lubricant, and they sell other lubricants that are targeted at gears. Would one of them be better?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:08 PM

it seems that superlube is a good choice,,,, the part I was talking about re-lubing is the worm and gear assembly,,, not the whole mount!!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:36 PM

I use SuperLube for HyperTuning and have no problems with it at all, hot or cold, wet or dry. But it must be used sparingly. A very thin coat is all that is needed. Like most grease, too much is not a good thing, especially for slow moving parts like these. It's not an automobile, so you don't grease it like one.

Locally, Superlube is often available at Harbor Frieght and sometimes at Ace Hardware. Otherwise it is easily available on line. A 3 oz. tube is enough for many mounts. You can actually get by with a 1/2 oz. tube just fine.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Oh and superlube is food safe. Smells pleasant too. I expect that means you can chomp on it without dying. :tonofbricks:

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:16 PM


What about for gear surfaces? Lubriplate 105 is marketed as an "engine assembly" lubricant, and they sell other lubricants that are targeted at gears. Would one of them be better?

-Dan


The Lubriplate No.105 works good for gears that are low speed (under 100 rpm) low heat (under 200deg).

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

Probably going to get flamed for this but their is more rubbish talked about mount grease than just about any other thing,I worked as an industrial mechanic for years and also on cars, aircraft etc, any good quality light grease will be fine, the secret is to use it sparingly not slap it about willy nilly and stuff the whole tube into the mount then wonder why its running all over the place in hotter weather.One place I worked for had a large number of pick and place assembly robots running at high speed, using a steel worm and bronze worm wheel, they got checked maybe once a year and a dab of grease on the worm was enough to keep them in good shape and running sweet, again use sparingly, grease everywhere just attracts dirt and dust,DA.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:14 PM

Different opionions and experiences is what makes this forum so good. Tech info for Astronomy based on real world experience.

#21 Pauls72

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:53 PM

Harbor Freight carries Super Lube for $5 a tube.
That's what I used on my LXD-55.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:23 PM

Oh and superlube is food safe. Smells pleasant too. I expect that means you can chomp on it without dying. :tonofbricks:


The fact that I am always getting it all over my hands makes this a plus for me. :)

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:25 PM

Probably going to get flamed for this but their is more rubbish talked about mount grease than just about any other thing,I worked as an industrial mechanic for years and also on cars, aircraft etc, any good quality light grease will be fine, the secret is to use it sparingly not slap it about willy nilly and stuff the whole tube into the mount then wonder why its running all over the place in hotter weather.One place I worked for had a large number of pick and place assembly robots running at high speed, using a steel worm and bronze worm wheel, they got checked maybe once a year and a dab of grease on the worm was enough to keep them in good shape and running sweet, again use sparingly, grease everywhere just attracts dirt and dust,DA.


My point exactly. Some greases may be better than others, but any grease overused is no good. I've seen it done and cleaned it and the dirt out of pleanty of mounts. The only stuff I really hate to see in mounts is white lithium. OK at first but like clay later on.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

Another lube I use for worms is Magic Lube. It is used in pool pumps where the ceramic bearing is contacting the pump housing. It is mostly silicone. Vixen recommends a "gel-type silicone" for their worm assemblies. Me? I use Superlube for bearings and the Magic Lube for the worm. Both are synthetic and remain soft in cold weather, but don't run in warm weather. One tube of Superlube will last a lifetime.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:14 PM

I use Slick-50 grease, works well, cost is marginal but comes in a regular lube gun tube. Losmandy recomended this grease and I have used it on every mount for years. It sticks to the part, does not separate or run.
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