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#4532294 - 10/02/17 07:07 PM How do you oil your air tools?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5844
Loc: Michigan
How many drops of oil?
Before you start or after?
What oil do you like to use?
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#4532303 - 10/02/17 07:15 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
I put a few drops in when I start. If lightly used, that's it. If heavy ill put a drop in partway or after use.

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#4532304 - 10/02/17 07:16 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
gabriel9766 Offline


Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 943
Loc: Missouri
I do every couple months. I should do it more cause i beat the [censored] out my tools at work.
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#4532305 - 10/02/17 07:17 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
Oro_O Offline


Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 1354
Loc: Seattle-ish, WA
3 or 4 drops of air tool oil before using that day. I don't regularly use one enough to require re-oiling.

I know others use 3-in-1 or MMO regularly with no ill effects. When the Senco bottle is empty in another decade, I might just put some MMO in it.

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#4532306 - 10/02/17 07:17 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: ZZman
How many drops of oil?
Before you start or after?
What oil do you like to use?


# of drops depends on the tool I am using.
Before and during.
No preference on pnuematic tool oil brand.

They do make auto oilers.

I would recommend a filter/water remover at the compressor if you don't already have one. Build it with a disconnect at both ends so you can remove and box it when transporting compressor or it risks breakage.

I am assuming you are draining the water at the end of each day and leaving the petcock open until next use.
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#4532315 - 10/02/17 07:21 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3062
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: ZZman
How many drops of oil?
Before you start or after?
What oil do you like to use?



Maybe 4-5 drops. I don't really measure. Do it before I start. Sometimes after... I use the HF oil.

I also have the HF air tool cleaner which I use once and a while to keep them running well.
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#4532355 - 10/02/17 07:56 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
i_hate_autofraud Offline


Registered: 05/19/16
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Loc: Canada


A few drops before use.

I'd like to use an auto-oiler, but hate having oil thru all my hoses that are also used in
other applications where oil is harmful.

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#4532367 - 10/02/17 08:01 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5844
Loc: Michigan
So is anything over 5 drops of oil overkill and likely to be bad?
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#4532387 - 10/02/17 08:18 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1348
Loc: Georgia
It just makes a mess when it blows out the exhaust.

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#4532392 - 10/02/17 08:24 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: AVB]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5844
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: AVB
It just makes a mess when it blows out the exhaust.


So it doesn't gum anything up?
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#4532430 - 10/02/17 09:04 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6186
Loc: Waco, TX
I use whatever used synthetic oil is just around.

New oil doesn't seem to make any difference.

I usually add a couple drops before use.

If you aren't getting *SOME* oil puking out the exhaust once in a while, you aren't using enough oil.
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#4532456 - 10/02/17 09:34 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
beast3300 Offline


Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 3171
Loc: Ohio
Answer: at complete random at complete random times with complete random amount of oil.
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#4532475 - 10/02/17 10:03 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
I hold the trigger down and pour in about 5 drops or more. Then I hook up the air hose and pull the trigger. Usually at that moment, there's a plume of oil mist that shoots out the exhaust.

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#4532476 - 10/02/17 10:04 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
Oro_O Offline


Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 1354
Loc: Seattle-ish, WA
Originally Posted By: ZZman
Originally Posted By: AVB
It just makes a mess when it blows out the exhaust.


So it doesn't gum anything up?


No. Like he said, usually you'll see excess blow out if you look for it.

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#4532502 - 10/02/17 10:38 PM Re: How do you oil your air tools? [Re: ZZman]
tomcruise Offline


Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 207
Loc: Oklahoma
I use MMO's air tool oil. 5 or 6 drops before the first use of that day.
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