Magnetic V-Block

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Magnetic V-Block

Post by RickBarb » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:20 pm

I picked up a magnetic V-blockand have found it to be a valuable addition to my tools. I notice that on the side it has what appears to be a lubrication hole that is sealed by a small ball bearing. I googled v-block maintenance and found absolutely nothing about lubricating the interior components. I am looking for a some advise. Ignore it or squirt some oil in it and see what happens. Thanks, Rick

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Re: Magnetic V-Block

Post by Harold_V » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:38 pm

I can't address the V block, but my original Starrett magnetic base, purchased way back in '58, was difficult to operate. I applied a few drops of ATF to the push button with the button in the vertical position, and allowed it to rest. Did that a couple times. The button now slides about as freely as a new one. I suspect the oil dispersed inside, lubricating the magnet, allowing it to move much easier.

If the bearing you speak of is spring loaded, there's a dispensing tip that is used to apply oil to such fittings.
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If, on the other hand, you find the bearing is pressed in the hole and does not move, it may have been used as a plug, with the V block not having the ability to be oiled once assembled.

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