Atco bearing lubrication
I'm renovating a 1957 14" atco. Everything has been heavily greased so I'm cleaning everything. I assume the bearings wouldn't have been greased? They have oil points so I guess they are just oiled.
However, as it wont get lots of use, would I be better off packing them with grease rather than remembering to oil all the time? Or is there a reason they aren't greased?
Grease tends to dry out and go “ claggy”. SAE 30 or 40 oil is preferable . If you do decide to wash out the bearings and then re-pack them , only pack around about two thirds of the race diameter. If Bearings are over packed there is a tendency for the balls to skid round rather than roll as intended.
Many thanks. I think I'll go with oil and see how it goes.
The grease a previous owner had used has just turned it into a filthy mess, although they did use waaaay too much!
It at least stopped the thing from rusting so bad!