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Old 11/23/12, 05:20 PM
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What weight is air tool oil?

Have tons of different oil around here, and usually buy air tool oil, and was wondering if anyone knew of the weight oil they use for air tools-might be able to save some $$.
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Old 11/23/12, 07:11 PM
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Ingersoll Rand air tool oil is 10 weight.
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Old 11/23/12, 07:22 PM
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Dextron works well
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Old 11/23/12, 08:40 PM
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My understanding is air tool oil doesn't have any additives in it that can degrade rubber parts in your nailers. Unless you are a professional a bottle of air tool oil should be a lifetime supply. I just spring for the good stuff.
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Old 11/24/12, 11:32 AM
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I under stand the question,

IF I had to punt and use other oil I would most likely recommend a 10 wt non detergent oil heaver would most likely work as well,

but I guess for under $10 a quart, air tool oil - Google Searchand a quart most lkily will last years and years, for a normal DIY, (I have a can of marvel air tool on on the bench, and use it and air tools often, my guess is it is over 10 years old many be older and less than 1/2 gone) (I used more when I had the automatic oiler but the oil would soften the hoses and in general make a mess, and did not help spraying paint any, so I removed it and jsut manual oil from time to time, (I have used the little oiler that goes on the tool as well, Not sure it worked tho) and manualy oiled my nailer as well,

why chance damaging tools costing $100 of dollars to save one $, even if all you lose is one O rings,
I bet many air tools you will not even be able to get "factory" parts, for, (as fast as they obsolete thing to day) and even if you can the cost will certainly be more than the oil $$ you saved by using by guess by golly oil in it,

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Old 12/03/12, 12:32 PM
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Marvel mystery oil works well also
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Old 12/04/12, 07:57 AM
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Marvel is very good stuff. WD40 is very good for ungumming air tools. I had a pnuematic die grinder I used a few times a week, and lubed it with hitachi air tool oil every other time I used it. I started slowing down and starting hard. I ran some wd40 through it, and it freed right up.
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Old 12/08/12, 09:55 PM
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5 weight hydraulic oil is often called spindle oil and is also used as air tool oil.
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Old 12/09/12, 01:19 PM
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Thanks all! Got some light weight oil I am going to try...if not, I'll try the WD-40 methold of cleaning it out!
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