Meddings pillar drill

  1. Olderisbetter

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    I have just swapped a 3 phase motor to a single phase on a Meddings pillar drill, It all runs nice no noises or mad wobbles, So before i start using it i decided to make sure it was greased in all the right points, Then i remembered it had been laid on its side to move and as it has a 2 speed gearbox it may have lost oil, I can see there is a fill point under the cover but how much and what kind of oil should i be using?
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  2. Screwdriver

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    Should be a manual for it somewhere and I am sure someone on here can put you right anyway.

    All I can suggest is that whatever oil you do use, don't be tempted to mix it with whatever is in there.

    Probably sacrilige but as a master bodger, I would happily use whatever oil I happened to have knocking about. It's not a Swiss watch and while it might be precise, it's not a precision piece either. Just double check it doesn't really need a specialist oil and never (ever) mix oils unless you're filling a burner.
     
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  3. GrahamGKD

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    My Progress drill, which looks similar in some respects, has an oil level window near to the gear change lever. The lever on yours looks a bit different though, so maybe yours doesnt have that? Is there a filler plug somewhere that you are supposed to fill up to. I see Meddings Machine Tools are still going - maybe they would be able to help?

    Edit - just noticed you mention a fill point under the cover - if you mean the belt guard on the top it is the same as the Progress?
     
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  4. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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  5. Olderisbetter

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    It is under the cover right at the front on a plate that must be the gear box cover.
     
  6. Olderisbetter

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    No i have had it for over a year but only just got round to finding and fitting a 240v motor for it, I paid a gamble price for it and it seems to drill quite nice, I do need to sort a few things like the pulley on the motor is a bit loose and the grease point on top of the motor is hard to get to with the pulley on, But nothing bad and as i get time i will clean it up and repaint it.
     
  7. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    I have the same machine and ran it on ATF which was a bit noisy, i then filled it with EP90 gear oil and it runs like a dream;)
     
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  8. rtbcomp

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    I've got EP90 GL4 in my Progress drill. I could only find the proper stuff in 25 litres drums and I had plenty of the EP90 kicking about.
     
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  9. Olderisbetter

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    I think i have a tub of EP90 gl4 in the shed.
     
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  10. Turbo Member

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    Be careful when changing from high to low range, one of the gears in the box is tufnal, easy to damage & expensive to replace!
     
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  11. Seadog

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    Only on the later models. Mine is steel, but the slots for the drive dog can be damaged if the ranges are changed with the drill running.
     
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  12. Olderisbetter

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    I presumed only to changed when the drill was not running but i will make any other users aware not to use it in the same way they drive cars.
     
  13. Brad93

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    ISO 22 hydraulic oil
    1 pint if I remember correctly

    Should be a Plate on the right hand side.
     
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  15. Olderisbetter

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    I never even thought to look on the drill for information :doh: I am in the garage all day Friday so i will take a good look.
     
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  16. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    I’ll post a picture of mine but my drill is the MF4 Mk1 model. Not sure what you’ve got, yours looks pretty similar but different colour and I haven’t got a Pacera badge.
     
  17. Olderisbetter

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    This is the label from mine
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  18. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    I’ll get a photo of mine tomorrow.
     
  19. jordan1 Member

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    If it has been painted the level window may have been painted over ;)
     
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