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Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby hdpusher » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:21 pm

I just rebuilt a Proto ratchet the other day and my friend who was there had a fit when I used regular grease as lube. He claimed it would harm it over time :roll: claiming ratchets require special lube. Grease has served me fine for years but Im always willing to try something else. Any input?
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby BobbyFord » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:48 pm

Any grease is better than no grease at all. I say if it doesn't congeal and it doesn't run out of the seams, it's more than likely sufficient.

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Postby ximy » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:44 pm

I've never heard of special ratchet lube. I use singer sewing machine oil for small mechanical devices.
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby Madman » Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:16 pm

If my Snap On or Craftsman Ratchets wear out, I get them to replace the new internals, hence the small advantage of tools with lifetime warranties.....for air tools and such I use WD-40 (AKA Panther Piss).
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Postby Heirloom » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:36 am

I too use light machine oil when on hand, otherwise I also use LSA weapons oil a lot.
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby hdpusher » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:05 pm

Heirloom wrote:I too use light machine oil when on hand, otherwise I also use LSA weapons oil a lot.


Never thought of gun oils. :thup: Ill have to try that I have several half used bottles around.
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby hdpusher » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:10 pm

BobbyFord wrote:Any grease is better than no grease at all. I say if it doesn't congeal and it doesn't run out of the seams, it's more than likely sufficient.


Only problem Ive ever had with grease is on a hot day it "leaks" out a little but its no big deal. :D
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby trozei » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:47 am

All of my Snap-On ratchets just ever so slightly have a leak out of the faceplate onto the square drive. I figure they use a really thin oil in the micro drive ratchets. It's never been a problem. It's just that I've never seen any other brands' ratchets do this. Anyway, any oil is better than none at all. I'd use an oil and not a grease for quick action but grease would probably be maintenance-free.
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby Larry 63 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:32 am

Hey Guys: I use motor oil on mine. I have a cut off can that I fill with 30 weight oil sitting on my workbench. when I get done using my ratchets for the day, I wipe them down and put them in the oil can. I have a Snap-on ratchet that I have used daily for over 30 years. I have replaced the guts once because they wore out. so it works for me.

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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby markguiver » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:15 am

I use motor oil on mine too. I normally use a 5w20 synthetic to work into the body around any of the moving parts. When the oil starts to seep out I work the gears forward and reverse to coat everything inside. Then I lay it on a rag to soak up the oil that drains out, let it sit for a day, wipe it down, and put it back in the box. I've done it this way for years and have a few old Craftsman and Proto ratchets that have lasted 40+ years. One of the Craftsman 3/8" drive ratchets I had to replace about 20ish years ago but, I don't consider that too bad for as much use as they have had and still get today.
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Re: Ratchet lube. Whats everyone using.

Postby Busboy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:47 am

Seriously? :? :lol:
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