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Mick B113/06/2018 16:29:34
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I don't suppose there are many oils within price ranges we'd think of as 'normal' that don't contain volatiles that can evaporate, leaving gums'n'varnishes.

In some situations, like in piston/cylinder interfaces that'll mainly be driven with air, it seems that might have advantages.

Like Bazyle and RichardS2, I use it because it works, is available and convenient to apply. In most applications in my workshop - as distinct from on models - it'll get dirty, cleaned off and re-applied long before it has a chance to go gummy.

Michael Gilligan13/06/2018 16:41:32
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Posted by Monoman on 13/06/2018 15:35:53:

I would point out thet the document linked to is an SDS - Safety Data Sheet, as required under EU Regulation. MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet, the similar document used in the US and other countries such as Japan.


I'm grateful for your contribution to my education, Monoman yes

I have sought and found a document which explicitly states itself to be : Safety data sheet according to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, Annex II Revised on / Version: 12.02.2014 / 0001


[ quietly amused by the fact that its filename includes msds ]

Unfortunately this contributes almost nothing to expand my understanding of the product.

I must be missing something: Could you please try to explain explain the advantage of this SDS over the MSDS.


Joules13/06/2018 18:36:38
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I many years ago replaced 3 in 1 oil cans with Parker Hale gun oil.

MW13/06/2018 19:51:40
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I don't rate the spray 3 in 1 very highly (that did seem to have little efficacy in the long term). But the regular squeezy bottles of it do seem to maintain their oiliness for a long time.

I would say things like linseed or vegetable oils are a no go, on the basis that they definitely do dry out quite quickly. 

It's probably a little bit thicker than machine oil (not the slideway stuff, which is very thick), but I tend to use neat industrial cutting oil for most jobs now. So its use is mainly limited to mechanisms and the like for me rather than a cutting lubricant. WD40 is pretty good for most things mechanical and a superior rust remover. 

3 in 1 also has a very low flash point, which probably means it's not the best for use as a high speed cutting aid. 

Michael W

Edited By Michael-w on 13/06/2018 19:58:38

Brian G13/06/2018 20:00:44
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Posted by Joules Beech on 13/06/2018 18:36:38:

I many years ago replaced 3 in 1 oil cans with Parker Hale gun oil.

I have a soft spot for Wahl clipper oil. Lubricates well, handy packaging, protects without being gummy and I have never noticed it attack plastics.


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