Oiling Air Tools? Newbie question.

  1. Submariner1 Member

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    I Bought a PCL 3/8 impact gun. and some PCL Air Tool Oil.
    I don't have an oil dispenser, just an air and water filter.

    I believe one can oil this tool by putting a few drops of oil up the intake, is that correct?

    and if so how many drops of oil should one drop into the intake ?
    And how often?

    Any advice appreciated.

    note it won’t be used much , just to undo a lawnmower blade central bolt. And maybe if its not too vicious the odd car wheel bolt.

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    I assume this is the right type of oil?
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  2. Seadog

    Seadog Forum Supporter

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    Usually they suggest two or three drops before each use.
     
  3. armalites Member

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    A couple of drops before use and if I remember I tend to do it before I put them away and give them a quick blast to circulate.
     
  4. barking mat

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    I stick a pump of my oil pump in mine, before use.

    I don't think amount is critical.

    Lubrification, is better than none.

    Not half a pint obviously.
     
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  5. fizzy Member

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    I just use a few drops of 3 in 1 oil before use. Not that they get a lot of use with me.
     
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  6. cocker

    cocker Member

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    Just a few drops before and after .
    You've enough oil there to last a few lifetimes !
     
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  7. metalmelt Member

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    I have split my airlines many years ago and I have one with an inline lubricator fitted and I only plug air tools requring lubrication into it, the reason for this is many air tools do not require oil and spray guns are one example.

    Its very easy to split an airline outlet and well worth doing, but, and its a big but, you need two types of airline fittings so you cannot plug an incorrect tool into an incorect line, this means you can incorporate an inline lubricator into it, mine has the 0.25L bowl for the oil and as it atomises the oil, its very efficient lubrication and also lubricates the insides of the steel pipe.

    One issue to watch, certain tools such as DA sanders for bodywork require lubrication but they also spit oil out of the exhaust, not what you want on a spray job, in such instances I apply a couple of crops of oil before use and run the tool unloaded with a paper towel over the exhaust to catch any oil it spits out, then when cleaned it goes into the oil free line and is uded, when finished a couple of drops of oil are aded again before storage.
     
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  8. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    yes that's what I do because when your finished using it you may have condensed water in it and it corrodes the bearings if you don't
     
  9. Submariner1 Member

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    Thanks
     
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  10. Submariner1 Member

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    Yeah, the smallest bottle they do
     
  11. Submariner1 Member

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    appreciate the advice.

    I have bought an anti whip hose 600mm long. I assume, that when using a few drops into this tool, the oil will not get backed up into the line, and past the PCL XL female coupler and contaminate my 10m hose (that will be used for spraying car paint)?
     
  12. metalmelt Member

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    I never take the risk, I uncouple at the tool and put a few drops into the tool and couple back up and blow it straight through.
     
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  13. Submariner1 Member

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    that was my plan, and I assumed no oil could be blown back up the line?
     
  14. Turbo Member

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    I have some light 15 grade hydraulic oil in a squeezy lab bottle & I add a few drops before each use.
     
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