your lathe has numerous metal-to-metal moving
parts that require proper lubrication to help ensure
efficient and long-lasting operation.
other than the lubrication points covered in this
section, all other bearings are internally lubricated
and sealed at the factory. simply leave them
alone unless they need to be replaced.
power to the lathe before
performing the lubrica-
tion tasks. Failure to do
this may result in serious
the location of the 12 ball oilers that must be oiled
each day before operation are shown in Figures
the number of ball oilers per component are:
• Cross slide handwheel: 1
• Carriage: 4
• Cross slide: 3
• Compound slide: 1
• tailstock: 2
• leadscrew & Feed rod Bearing End
Wipe the ball oilers clean, then depress the ball
with the tip of the oil bottle filled with iso 68 oil
(or equivalent) and squirt once. Clean away any
excess oil from the area.
Failure to followed reasonable lubrication
practices as instructed in this manual for
your lathe could lead to premature failure of
your lathe and will void the warranty.
Model g0554z (Mfg 01/09+)
Figure 74. location of the nine ball oilers on the
use shop rags, a stiff brush, and mineral spirits
to clean away debris and built-up grime from the
full length of the bedways, rack, longitudinal
leadscrew, and the feed rod (see Figure 76). then
apply a thin coat of a good quality way oil to these
surfaces, such as primrose Armor plate Machine
& Way oil (refer to Accessories on page 48 for
this product from grizzly).
Figure 75. tailstock and leadscrew/feed rod
bearing end blocks.
Figure 76. Bedways, rack, longitudinal
leadscrew, and feed rod.