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Old 02-27-2011, 05:09 AM
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Default What the heck is "Light Machine Oil" exactly?

I'm probably in the minority on THT who doesn't know these sorts of things.

I'm trying to lube a winch this morning and the instructions call for the use of "Light Machine Oil"....I can't exactly find what Light Machine Oil is? Where can I find it? Is it referred to as something else? Or a brand name/type?

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Something like 3 in 1 maybe. I keep Marvel Mystery Oil in a squirt can for things that require a light oiling.
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Sorry -- don't know either -- I'm replying so I get notification when you get an answer.
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WD 40 seems to work for everything like that for me
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I know a few others that have suggested WD40 as well. But I've also heard that it won't hold up the way that machine oil would.

I may just hit an auto parts store and ask if they have any...
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WD-40 is not light machine oil, it is a penetrating oil, which will not hold up as a lubricant. Light machine oil is like 3-1.It is also referred to as sewing machine oil. Any light colored, free pouring oil will work. Marvel mystery oil is probably the most used these days. As a reference, a gear or chain type oil is NOT free pouring oil and should not be used in this application. Go with the Marvel.
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Thanks Sharp...where could I pick up something like that? Auto parts store? Lowes/HD?
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any one of them will have it. Buy the gallon size.
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Thanks again -- Shark! This time, I didn't get the typo in there

Appreciate it.
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Thanks as well
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Would CLP qualify in this category, or is that more like a WD40?
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Could probably use the new 0 viscosity motor oil too, something like 0-20 weight.
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Light machine oil is like 3 in 1. If it is listed to lube small electric motors it fit's the description. I've never seen LMO in a spray can but that doesn't mean it is not available.

Penetrating oil has no long term lubricity qualities in it.
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Thanks Sharp...where could I pick up something like that? Auto parts store? Lowes/HD?
Walmart has marvel in the automotive dept. Look for the red can.
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I'll try walmart. Neither Advanced auto parts near me or home depot had it.
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I'll try walmart. Neither Advanced auto parts near me or home depot had it.
I am surprised Advanced Auto didn't have it.
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I'll try walmart. Neither Advanced auto parts near me or home depot had it.

Surprised Home Depot near you didn't have it. The Home Depot's here carry it. Its near the WD40, in fact the WD40 company also makes the 3 In 1 oil.

http://www.3inone.com/products/multi-purpose/
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take 30weight oil- dilute with kerosene by 50 percent -inst light oil
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Marvel is great for many uses including winterizing.
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I'd avoid 0-20 motor oil. While the viscosity is the same, "light machine oil" has no detergents like motor oil.
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