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Myford Super 7 cone clutch lubrication

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Mike Donnerstag10/01/2019 13:01:50
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I'm in the process of cleaning and lubricating a Myford Super 7 made in the early 1980s. The manual states the cone clutch should be lubricated as follows: "With the clutch disengaged apply two or three drops of oil weekly". However, it isn't obvious to me how to do this. Can anyone enlighten me?

Many thanks,


Brian Wood10/01/2019 13:35:04
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Hello Mike,

You hold the clutch open [disengaged] and introduce the oil into the gap thus revealed on the rim of the brass cone.

I don't think oiling as frequently as Myford suggest is strictly necessary. I put a drop or two in mine years ago to correct snatch and squeal on engagement; instant cure and I haven't treated it since.



JohnF10/01/2019 13:37:22
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Mike open the side cover for the belt change, operation the clutch lever and you will see the centre part move in and out, when disengaged there is a small gap you can see -- a couple of drops of oil into the gap and give it a few moments to work its way down -- job done.

edit my machine is c1977

Edited By JohnF on 10/01/2019 13:38:11

Mike Donnerstag10/01/2019 14:02:49
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Brilliant! No more deafening squeal from the clutch. I was scared to use oil in the wrong place if there is friction material.

Many thanks chaps,


Chris Trice10/01/2019 14:20:17
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There's no friction material involved. It's just the angle of the taper that does the job, similarly principle to the Morse taper (which should also be lightly oiled).

jwb10/01/2019 16:50:05
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When I bought a new Super 7 Plus some years ago it arrived with a faullt which made it unusable. The Myford engineer came to the house and after he'd fixed the problem (new mandrel) he gave me a runthrough on maintenance.

I expressed disbelief that the cone clutch needed lubricating but he insisted it was best given a drop of oil at fairly frequent intervals. As stated by others, with the clutch disengaged, put the oil in the gap between the coned faces.

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