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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

ratchet grease

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bobpa

04-15-2013 23:06:21




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Hello. I bought an old snap on ratchet at a flea market. I took the gear out and cleaned out the old grease. Would a dab of wheel bearing grease work OK or is there something better for this application? Thank you.




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bobpa

04-17-2013 19:52:58




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
Thank you for all of the information. I appreciate your help.
Bob



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mdtractormechanic

04-17-2013 16:13:33




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to GordoSD, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
White Lube



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greygoat

04-17-2013 09:33:56




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
A drop of Corn head oil!



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JD Seller

04-17-2013 08:16:40




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
I would not use any kind of grease. I clean mine out and then soak them in new diesel fuel. After they are cleaned out this way and the diesel fuel will act as a light lube then they will work easy. Then if they get turning hard I just hold the head under some parts cleaner and ratchet it until it moves free. Then blow it out with air and lightly lube it again. If you use the ratchet on a regular basis then it should not need much lube. Most of the stuff I work on is greasy and oily anyway so most of my tools are well lubed anyway. LOL

The light sewing machine oil works well to lube them with. It is a very light oil that does not seem to gum up.

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ken combs

04-17-2013 07:36:45




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
Get some engine assembly lube from the parts store. Really slick, and works great in tools.



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Russ from MN

04-16-2013 15:07:58




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
Grease will prevent the pawl from going to the bottom of the gear teeth, and it will slip more. Use oil as stated.



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soundguy

04-16-2013 10:35:30




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
i use molly grease with a lil graphite in it.



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Revredneck

04-16-2013 07:02:56




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
My Snap On dealer used to tell me to soak the ratchet head in engine oil. Grease will gum it up and cause it not to work properly.
Good Luck and God Bless



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glennster

04-16-2013 06:16:03




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
any of the tool trucks will have the grease in small tubes. there is a special small grease gun for injectin grease into air rachets and 90 degree air grinders. in a pinch, you can use engine assembly lube.



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Gary from Muleshoe

04-16-2013 04:15:45




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
I have used plumber's grease and it seems to be fine so far.



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Chris(WA)

04-16-2013 01:02:14




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 Re: ratchet grease in reply to bobpa, 04-15-2013 23:06:21  
That might be a little thick in cold weather. Silicone grease would be my choice or even some vaseline.



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