Air tool oil - is it "special"

  1. DavidWalsh New Member

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    Can't find a local source here in SW France. Can I use something else? Engine oil, chain saw oil? Or is air tool oil something very special?

    Got a PCL filter/oiler arriving soon. Any good oil supplier recommendations, thanks.
     
  2. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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  3. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    for home use I wouldn't use an automatic oiler. had my air tools 40 years and all they get is 3 or 4 drops of oil before use and a bit when finished .and give them a quick run in case there is a bit of condensation inside stops them going rusty. 3 in one oil is all I use oilers are only needed on production lines or gear that runs 24-7 and wouldn't get maintained
     
  4. CompoSimmonite Member

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    If you use an inline oiler then be careful you don't use the same hoses for spraying etc
     
  5. Gareth0123

    Gareth0123 You'll need 16 pigs to do the job in one sitting!

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    Everywhere I've worked and every factory I've contracted into has used SAE46 hydraulic oil in the auto airline oilers.
     
  6. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    the hoses on them get gummed up and go manky as well unless you buy an expensive hose that is suitable for carrying oil
     
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  7. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark Member

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    3 in 1 oil was what I used.
    Did me well.
    I know some one who uses Sewing machine oil. Just because has he has a pint or 2.
     
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  8. angellonewolf

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    i use snapon oil for mine because i think they need it :whistle:
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    not any thing to do with the fact that the near full bottle came free with i bought an 1/2 inch inpact gun :D
     
  9. tflnemesis

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    I tried one of the in-line oilers that came with my Lidl air tools (cos it was in the box so I thought why not..) worked fine when running the tools leaked like a sieve every time I put them away tho. Nowadays just a few drops down the air socket before use.. The stuff that came with the Lidl tools was very similar to sewing machine oil, quite thin and flowed easily. I just use whatever oil I have to hand now since the tiny bottles i got originally didn't last very long with it all leaking out of the oilers...
     
  10. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    anything thicker than 3 in one splatters all over and a mess to clean up ,
     
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  11. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    Dont know about pneumatic hand tools but the larger gear uses lubricant in the misters that has antifreeze in it to stop the tools icing up.

    Bob
     
  12. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark Member

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    Free.
    Snap On, words seldom seen together.
     
  13. Arc Tourist

    Arc Tourist Member

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    What kind of air tools do you plan on using that require automatic oilers ?

    In my younger days I worked in a crate making factory where air tools were in constant use throughout the day. Never needed "automatic oilers", the first thing in the morning we would put a few drops of oil in our tools then reconnect the air hoses. After lunch we would do it again before work started, and I can't recall any faults with any of the tools in the two years I worked there.
     
  14. mr haynes Member

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    I use Marvel air tool oil so i can feel like Iron Man :thumbup:
     
  15. DavidWalsh New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies; I'm just planning on using a few air tools for car, tractor general maintenance, nothing fancy. Perhaps spraying and I like the look of the small sandblaster rigs on a nearby thread.
    Obviously I should have asked this question before buying the filter/oiler!
     
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  16. doubleboost

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    i have used ATF for the last 40 years with no problems at all
     
  17. angellonewolf

    angellonewolf Member

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    well i say free could have been the inpact air gun free and i paid 45 for the oil

    or 25 for the gun and 20 for the oil :D

    to be fair i cant even remember how much i paid must be getting older
     
  18. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    2 or 3 drops of light machine oil down the air inlet before use does the job for me, nailer, rattle gun or drill all get the same.
     
  19. chris pruteanu Member

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    I use 2 stroke oil, works well for me...
     
  20. Johnnybravo Member

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    Another vote for ATF
     
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