Whats the lubricant used for the carriage rods?

Dukenukem117

New Member
I'm reading the contents of the $275 maintenance kit, and it doesn't seem like a lot of stuff to justify $275.

In the box: 10 Sponges, 1 Cleaner Sponge, 3 Helical P-Wheel, and 1 Lubricant Oil Bottle

I don't know what the 'helical P-wheels' are but a tiny bottle of lubricant should not cost $250. Does anyone just kit-bash this together with easy to find off-the-shelf stuff?

Amazon sells these cleaning sticks which probably substitutes for something. I just wish I knew what the Helical P-wheel is.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QVPCK5M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1A6M3U1FNZXGO&psc=1

One of the reviewers of this reports that it works with his HP Z6100.
https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Oil-Synthetic-Lubricating-Machines/dp/B008QNQ2VE


Here's what the kit looks like, but I don't see any pinch wheels. I'm guessing the little tear bags are just filled with more sponges.
https://www.grimco.com/Catalog/Products/HPLATEX300500USERMAINTENANCEKIT

I think these are the pinchwheels. Not sure how many more you get by ordering it though, or how frequently these break.
http://www.partshere.com/online/detail.asp?partno=M0E29-67025
 
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ikarasu

Active Member
I read paper shredder oil works good. We bought a bottle and have been using it for months and there's no ill effects. Heck... Since its so cheap it's become part of our bi-weekly maintenance.... We clean the rod and relube it. It's probably overkill, but it takes 2 mins so why not.


https://www.amazon.com/Fellowes-352...ords=paper+shredder+oil&qid=1599125640&sr=8-3

Then we got.the needle tip bottles.

https://www.amazon.com/DEPEPE-Appli...words=needle+tip+bottle&qid=1599125670&sr=8-4


Even with lubing 3 machines every other week I feel like we'll never run out. One bottle filled close to 20 of the small bottles... Not bad for $15
 

ikarasu

Active Member
Helical p wheel = Helical pinch wheel.

I've had one break once do to a bad media jam. Other than that nothing... Good to have some on hand just incase. But I doubt they'll be a part of your regular maintenance.
 

jasonx

Member
Try to buy a maintenance kit for a latex 3000. $1500 nearly fell off my chair. Pieces of felt and some oil.
 

eahicks

Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks
All I ever used was WD40
WD-40 isn't actually a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.
The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.
 

Reveal1

Member
WD-40 isn't actually a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.
The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.
Partially true. Definitely lubricants in their 'secret' formula but also solvents and for that reason I would not use near plastics or sensitive electrical components. From Wikipedia:
 

karst41

Member
As matter of Fact it is NYE OIL.

You can get a 4 oz. bottle off amazon for like $30
You can buy a 6 oz bottle from HP for $90

Again it is Nye Oil.

Has an interesting History Google Nye Oil
interesting read.
 

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d fleming

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WD-40 isn't actually a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.
The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.
But it's great to spray your bait with when fishing.
 
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