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Clarke cl500m mill head bearings

Anyone know to lubricate them?

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Stuart Cox 323/01/2022 18:37:28
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Hi all

Does anyone know how to lubricate the bearings in the mill head of the Clarke CL500M?

Many thanks


old mart24/01/2022 17:58:18
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If the bearings are taper roller, I would recommend a high melting point lithium grease, as used for older car wheel bearings. Be sure to leave at least 50% air space when packing them.

Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 19:09:18
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Thanks, I'm not sure if they are tapered bearings as I haven't taken it apart yet. I was hoping someone who has managed to do this could advise?......

old mart24/01/2022 19:53:05
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I found the parts list, they are very likely taper roller, but that grease would work with any ball or roller bearings. Why do you want to replace them?

Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 20:16:37
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Thanks, I don't want to replace them, I just want to know how you get to them to lubricate them. I'm presuming I don't have to strip the mill head apart every time they need lubricating....

Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 20:17:17
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...or maybe I do?

SillyOldDuffer24/01/2022 20:40:25
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Can anyone confirm the bearings need maintenance? I've an idea they're sealed for life and are replaced if they clap out.


old mart24/01/2022 20:57:41
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I agree with SOD here, they are probably not intended to be lubricated during their lifespan. The manual should show lubrication points and there may not be any mentioned for the lathe spindle either.

Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 21:06:12
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All it says in the manual is .. 'Lead screw and mill head spindle should be oiled weekly '.... so maybe you're right. The bearings are a little noisy so looks I may have to replace them then.

Thanks Stu

old mart24/01/2022 21:28:41
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Strange, I downloaded the CL500M manual from the Clarke website, and the routine lubrication on page 23 does not show any lubrication of the milling spindle.

Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 21:48:03
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Stuart Cox 324/01/2022 21:49:40
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..although there's no diagram or reference though show how to oil the mill head spindle

old mart24/01/2022 22:10:33
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I can see the oiling of the quill lever spindle, that is all there is on the mill .

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