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Old 11-03-2019, 04:03 PM
klipsch klipsch is offline
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Default Y rails greasing

Hello camheads,

I recently purchased a used CAMaster machine. It could use a good cleaning.

While doing so, I was hoping to lube each block. All went well until I reached the Y rails and blocks.

Can anyone tell me how, what to buy, or what would be the best way to access these zerks (I think they are zerks) in the picture?

The space is too narrow for any attachment I have on hand (about 12.4 mm from the rail to the plate) and I could really use some help. Each of the Y blocks has about the same space and same zerk.

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Old 11-03-2019, 05:04 PM
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They do look like zerks to me as well. Is your grease gun nozzle just too big or you don't have a hose type gun. I just use a small hand gun with a eight inch hose with a small nozzle end. They don't all have zerks some just have a pin hole which requires a pin type nozzle and usually the hose as well. Check out this Amazon site for the many different types or you can buy one of the kits that has all the variations. You can use the pin type nozzle for regular zerks as well but it is your preference. Lots of way to skin the cat.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=grease+gu...f=nb_sb_noss_2
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:32 PM
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There are front and back zerks, too, if it's consistent with my Singer II. ;) I use a needle type attachment on the end of my gun...it was supplied in the maintenance kit I bought from Camaster with my machine. These four zerks are indeed challenging but they are also important for smooth operation.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:03 PM
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I use a needle tip on my mini grease gun on all the fittings (no zerks). Just greased it today, always fun!
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:19 PM
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I put Zerks on all my lube points, Bruce, but the needle still works nicely with them. Which reminds me..."it's time"...LOL
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:07 PM
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When you say front and back zerks are you talking about 2 zerks on one bearing?
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:27 PM
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They do look like zerks to me as well. Is your grease gun nozzle just too big or you don't have a hose type gun. I just use a small hand gun with a eight inch hose with a small nozzle end. They don't all have zerks some just have a pin hole which requires a pin type nozzle and usually the hose as well. Check out this Amazon site for the many different types or you can buy one of the kits that has all the variations. You can use the pin type nozzle for regular zerks as well but it is your preference. Lots of way to skin the cat.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=grease+gu...f=nb_sb_noss_2
Thanks for the link. I do have one of the kits listed along with a universal zerk listed. The grease gun nozzle attachments I've tried at the end of the hose are just too big to fit around the zerk in the space. Is there another way to use the zerks with the pin style or some specialized narrow zerk nozzle attachment?
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:32 PM
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When you say front and back zerks are you talking about 2 zerks on one bearing?
This machine has what I would call front and back as well on the Y blocks. I believe each Y side has two blocks and each block has one zerk (as far as I can tell). On 2 blocks the zerks face outwards (front) and the other 2 are inwards (back). Whether front or back, the small space is the same for this machine.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:57 PM
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I put Zerks on all my lube points, Bruce, but the needle still works nicely with them. Which reminds me..."it's time"...LOL
It's been a couple of years since I went down this road so memory's a bit fuzzy... I bought a bag full of 6mm zerks to install only to find out that my Stinger takes 4mm (IIRC). I never was able to find the 4mm.

It's not a big deal to remove the screw & grease, but zerks would be nice. Knock wood, I haven't lost any of the tiny screws yet.
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:34 AM
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Do you think any of these would work? I've been wanting to put zerks on my SR23.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=m4+metric...ref=nb_sb_noss


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