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    Default Recipe for homemade Way Oil

    Found this in an email that was sent to me, so I thought members are always asking about Way Oil, I'll post it for all to see.Recipe of the day: DIYSwede's microbrewed ISO 68-ish Way Oil - HomemadeTools.net

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    Thanks
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    That recipe involves mixing Shell Tellus (ISO32) and chainsaw bar and chain oil (ISO125). You can then change the stickiness of your oil by changing the ratio of the two. His assumption that chainsaw bar and chain oil is all the same ISO is unfortunately not correct as some is much tackier than others. For example Stihl bar and chain oil comes in 3 versions, and my bar and chain oil supplier makes it in varying viscosities from "warm runny honey" to almost treacle. Tacky is good for hanging onto vertical ways but it also more readily hold swarf .

    If you want to brew your own and better control the tackiness of your oil then maybe try Guy Lautrard's recipe of using STP engine additive instead of chainsaw oil. STP is the engine oil additive that comes in a blue plastic bottle. His recipe is pretty basic : 1 Quart of light (75W - ISO 46) gear oil, to 1oz of STP plus 1oz of MoS grease, leave in hot sun and shake vigorously.

    For those that are Imperically volume challenged that's a 32:1:1 (oil/STP/MoS) ratio.
    If your gear has vertical ways you could maybe double the STP.

    FWIW I have used ISO 68 Hydraulic fluid, The specific Mobil way oil recommended by Hercus, and Guy Lautard's recipe and they all seem the same to me, In most DIY situations what probably matters more that the type of oil is that there is plenty of it.

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    Just out of interest Bob does ISO 68 Hydraulic fluid smell much?

    I've found some oils just to be to strongly smelling for use in my relatively small workshop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ferrous View Post
    Just out of interest Bob does ISO 68 Hydraulic fluid smell much?
    I've found some oils just to be to strongly smelling for use in my relatively small workshop.
    Different folks will have different sensitivities to smells and petroleum oil is one examples. My wife for instance finds ANYTHING petroleum smells rotten and makes her sick, so much so she finds it hard to refuel our vehicles (both diesels)although sometimes I wonder if it's a ploy to get me to fill the tanks. Pure petroleum based oils have very little odour and most of the smells come from additives especially as they oxidise, but back to your original question, I find ISO68 Hydro is pretty good in terms of odour.

    In the Guy Lautard's recipe which uses lightweight gear oil and STP I find that that smells a bit but I don't find it offensive.

    I use water soluble lube and misted ATF as a general cutting fluid, and a fair bit of meths as a lube for Al so there always a bit of whiff around. If I'm doing lots of Al machining the meths vapour can build up to a point whereby I start feeling nauseated and eventually I get a headache headache but I do have really good forced ventilation for my shed so I can clear the air quite quickly - just have to remember to turn it on. The fact that the meths evaporates and doesn't leave a mess like oil or cutting lube is a real plus for using it

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    Thanks Bob.
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    Seems silly to me to use bar oil on ways. Bar oil is very sticky and as such tends to hold on to small particles, particles that could damage the ways.

    I use ordinary oil so small particles tend not to stick and the particles that do are easily removed.

    Change gears on the other hand are well suited to bar oil.

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