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Old 03-16-2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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Default what brand is the best to oil use on my cable shears/cutter

i wanted to maintain my cable cutters/shears. knipex cable shears.

i heard that using a specific oil to lubricate it often will keep it working great for a long time.

i dont know what brand is even out there. any advice on brand type and what to look for?
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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i would just use a light petroleum-based oil, like triflow or starret m1/WD-40, as needed. just keep them clean, first and foremost.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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thanks.


i found some no name brand at home depot. it looks like its very thick.
not sure if its good but it wasnt very expensive. ill give it a try and see how it goes.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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thanks.


i found some no name brand at home depot. it looks like its very thick.
not sure if its good but it wasnt very expensive. ill give it a try and see how it goes.
thicker oil may attract and collect more dirt. you may be over thinking it, or maybe i under-think tool maintenance? wd40 is probably totally fine. a quality tool shouldn't need a lot of maintenance, in my experience, just care. granted, i live in arrid colorado, and all my hand tools live in toolboxes at my machine shop and at home.

what are you using these for? are you in a trade?
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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i just enjoy quality tools. so i try to maintain them. plus proper oil while using shears is a good practice.
im also using the same oil for taping and drilling
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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that's great. quality tools are just as worth it, if not more, as quality car parts... i see soo many threads on here where everyone gripes about buying quality parts and not the cheap ebay knock-off stuff, yet then they talk about going to m'er f'ing HARBOR FREIGHT for cheap chinese junk tools for their installs! WTF!?

i am a third generation die sinker, and fourth generation in the forging industry. my grandfather, father, and i have been making forging die molds for craftsman and rigid tools for 30 years. within the last few years, we've started making SK dies too. i take it personally when people buy crap from harbor freight. i know your shears are german made, but they're high quality and not knock off junk made with slave labor, sold with manipulated value currency.

okay, stepping off my soap box.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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wow impressive resume!

well i enjoy quality made products. i cant afford too many high end tools but i do try.

recently i am looking in knipex but their stuff is expensive. im not sure if its because of the tarriffs. they look great but i have no experience with them yet. i hope this german tool is high quality. i was holding their low end shears at a local store and the weight alone seemed heavier and seemed well built, compared to another tool next to it. their simple shears alone is at least 2x the cost of a regular item of the same type.
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i wanted this item but no one locally has it. im a person who wants to feel and touch the product before buying it. but i got the one a local store had instead. but its still knipex.

my next item im going to research on is a knipex or some other high end wire crimpers. i have always wanted a great wire crimper. (im not a professional, i just enjoy professional tools)
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i wanted to maintain my cable cutters/shears. knipex cable shears.

i heard that using a specific oil to lubricate it often will keep it working great for a long time.

i dont know what brand is even out there. any advice on brand type and what to look for?
I would use LPS1 or another 'dry' lubricant that wont attract dirt and dust.

All LPS products are superior.

http://www.lpslabs.com/product_pg/lu...Lubricant.html
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