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Old May 10th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Bearing Oil Alternative

I have a set of Bones Swiss 608s. I dont have any typical bearing oil designed for this application. Is there any other hardware store alternative to clean/oil these things? I dont want to order bearing wash/oil and have to wait a week to receive it.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 04:29 PM   #2
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http://web.skatefaq.com:81/bearings.html
"Wash the bearings in petrol and two stroke oil at approximately 50:1 ratio. Take the bearings out and shake dry. Place them on a clean dry cloth or paper towel. When all the petrol has evaporated, reinstall the bearings without adding any further lubrication. Your baby bonts will go even faster! This should be repeated every few days to a week or when they start to feel dry. This technique can be used on all bearings. This works far better than all the speed lubes you spend your $ on."
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Old May 10th, 2008, 04:39 PM   #3
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"Wash the bearings in petrol and two stroke oil at approximately 50:1 ratio. Take the bearings out and shake dry. Place them on a clean dry cloth or paper towel. When all the petrol has evaporated, reinstall the bearings without adding any further lubrication. Your baby bonts will go even faster! This should be repeated every few days to a week or when they start to feel dry. This technique can be used on all bearings. This works far better than all the speed lubes you spend your $ on."

Thanks anyone else confirm this or have any other solutions?
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Old May 10th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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The key is to use a little very light oil. I'm not aware of any one kind being better than another, although many people think otherwise. Whether the oil is part of the wash or added later is irrelevant, although doing it as part of a wash would give better coverage, on the average.

Using petrol for cleaning is dangerous (fire/explosion), has long term negative effects on the body (cancer, etc.), and similarly on the environment/world.

Many skaters run for much longer than a week without relub. Also, any stated need for frequent cleaning is very debatable. These bearings are used in industrial applications and run for months/years without cleaning. Of course, if you often skate on a salty and sandy beach without bearing protection, your needs may be different.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #5
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Unles you want to clean them every few days like that description mentioned, I'd recommend using oil.

You don't have to buy special oil for skates - any lightweight machine oil is fine and is generally the same thing sold as skate bearing oil.

Sewing machine oil is a good one and is easy to find and cheap (any craft/fabric/sewing store should have some), and oil that comes with power tools or hair clippers are often mentioned also.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 02:21 AM   #6
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I use "3 in 1" oil avalible everywhere.

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Old May 11th, 2008, 07:06 AM   #7
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Likewise. I've run the gamit from lithium grease, vaseline, wheel bearing grease, 3 in 1 oil, Slick 50 alone and mixed with grease. It all works, and nothing makes me notably slower or quicker except me and my current mental/physical state of being. JB
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Old May 11th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #8
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Sewing machine oil and 3-in-1 oil are great alternatives.
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Hair clipper oil-learned that from some
old speed skating coach that haunts this very board.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #10
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Old May 11th, 2008, 11:13 PM   #11
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"Tri-Flo" oil has a good following here. It contains "Teflon" for added friction reduction, and seems to last pretty well. Since bearings don't have any type of actual reservoir to hold oil, then it must be replaces as it is used . So oil em up---or grease them with a good product like "Phil Woods" or "Finish line" Bike bearing grease. (with Teflon) Then you only have to replace the lube, once it becomes contaminated. Grease is only Oils with a variety of Soaps added to make them more stable.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #12
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"Tri-Flo" oil has a good following here.
Back when I was trying to fix a sewing machine, I ran across a sewing machine forum, and they LOVED tri-flo and HATED 3-in-1. FWIW.
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My favorite is Sonic Super Oil. Don't know why, but it seems to work the best for me.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 01:25 PM   #14
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Another vote for Tri-Flow here. I use it for practice and some other stuff for race day.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #15
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I use Slick50. You can get it at an auto parts store. It is sold as an oil additive for cars but works really well for speed bearings. I use it at 100% concentration without mixing it with oil. One bottle of the stuff will last your entire life plus you can share it with your friends since you will have so much. I think it comes in 1 qt containers.

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The key is to use a little very light oil.
Good for whatever ails you
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #17
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I use Hopps gun Oil.

Remington RemOil is good too, and WAY thinner than the Hopps

I sometimes use Finish Line "wet style" chain lube as well.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 04:14 AM   #18
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This is what we use here.



It has an F1 one car pictured in the can! What could be faster??
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #19
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Uncle Charlie's yet.

I've tried lots of things ranging from 3 in 1 to sewing machine oil to graphite even and nothing lasts and rolls like Uncle Charlie's. The applicator makes it easy to apply ONE DROP (or two if you're anal) to each bearing and that's all you need. A single tube will last quite a while. Personally, I think the lubricant is almost more important than the bearing when you get up to the ABEC 9 and higher level. However, I don't clean my bearings often, only when they start feeling gritty when skating on them. Besides, when the younger guys pass me and their bearing grind so loud that you'd expect to see sparks, what's the point beyond just making sure to prolong the life of the bearing (avoid rust or corrosion and provide adequate lubrication)?

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Old May 13th, 2008, 05:34 PM   #20
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I started using Mobile 0w-5w synthetic motor oil about a year ago (can't remember who suggested it...). A quart will last forever and it seems to work well for me.

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