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« on: September 11, 2009, 09:52:03 PM »

I recently purchased an older 36 Ton 2 Truck 3 Cylinder Shay and just finished watching the VHS tape that came with the loco.  All of the products that are used in the video are Bachmann of course.  I have been using white lithium on my other mfgrs products without issue.  Can I use this product instead of Bachmann's?

Bob C.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2009, 10:20:23 PM »

"Plastic Compatible" are the life and death words.
If it doesn't say that, it's out before anything else is even considered.

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Screw the Rivets, I'm building for Atmosphere!
later, Forrest
Barry BBT

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009, 11:51:04 PM »

Bachmann uses a white grease from the factory and you can be sure it is not white lithium.  It is much like a face cream.

There are other greases to use.  I supply a SuperLube with new drives, which is a synthetic grease.  Avoid petroleum based products.

Barry - BBT

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2009, 12:22:42 AM »

A good substitute is the grease sold in pool supply stores for lubricating the plastic valves on hot tube and pools.  It's plastic compatible, will not separate under high heat, repels water, is clear, doesn't stain and best of all it sells for about $2.00 for a couple of ounces.

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2009, 12:57:08 AM »

white lithium has caused gears to get brittle and crack, i do't no what reaction causes this but it seems to really affect white plastics

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2009, 02:10:40 AM »

When I picked up a pair of shay trucks for a kitbash project, one truck had white grease on the gears and the other had thick gear lube on it. Go figure!
Pick up a set of Woodland Scenics Hob-E-Lubes. It has 2 dry, 3 viscosities of oil and two greases. Everything you might need and all plastic safe.


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