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Steven Francis23/05/2022 13:24:13
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Obviously searched and found press button / ball etc. Easy to remove and retrieve the bb with a magnet.

Two have dropped the ball (boom boom) on my Amadeal , one on the lead screw bearing and one on the cross slide.

Besides replacing them with more of the same (box 6mm -100 £20) can the easily accessible ones be replaced with small oil cups?

I was looking to replace two blocked by the DRO scale with 90* grease nipples but the supplier wanted £9 odd postage for a £4 purchase.

not done it yet23/05/2022 13:40:42
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Dunno what postage was. I get my bits and pieces of this kind from The Nipple Shop. Check them out?

Howard Lewis23/05/2022 16:47:51
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Ball oilers are interference fit in a plain bore, Drip feed or cup oilers are likely to need a threaded hole, so you will need to make adaptors.. And will stand proud of the surface.

Will this mean that they get sheared off at extremes of travel?

I have had ball oilers on my Warco Mill/Drill for nearly 30 years, anon my Engineers ToolRoom lathe for almost 20 without problems.

And I tend to be fairly heavy handed.

Maybe the OEM fittings were built down to a price, rather than to a quality?

FWIW, my advice would be replace with ones bought from Arc Euro, or Warco. They might be more durable.

If you break those, it might be the treatment that they get.

What sort of oil gun are you using? and how vigorously?.


Steven Francis23/05/2022 18:34:19
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I've been using the supplied oil can which bypasses the seal and puts more oil through the trigger/pump pin than the tip and a plastic syringe with a 90 degree tip to get to two that are rendered otherwise inaccessible by the Y axis DRO scale.

TBH with a 20% OE fail in three weeks (not thirty years) I was looking for alternatives at least for the ones that don't need to be flush

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