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    Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I found a old/new Lista cabinet on Craigs list. 350 lbs of cabinet with seven drawers that have never been used, but the cabinet has been in storage for the last 10 or 15 years and the bearing grease has dried up and the bearings will barely rotate.

    My question is what is the best way to unfreeze these bearings. The bearings are riveted to the drawer slide frame and cannot be removed.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I would squirt some paint thinner into each bearing, rotate until free (may require a couple doses), blow out with compressed air and then work some white lube into each bearing. Better than new.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I would apply Marvel Mystery Oil to each, let soak a day then spray with canned air or compressed air if you have a compressor, then reapply grease. I can't say enough good about MMO!

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Seven new drawers to fill up. Where there’s a will....

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    #### unsealed bearings and double #### them! Spray the bearing traces with PB blaster from the little nozzle and let them sit, then spray a few more times.

    Follow up with DuPont Teflon Multi-Use Lubricant. It almost a dry lubricant that doesn't cling to dust, dirt, sawdust, etc. I have a few cans if you want one free!

    http://www.performancelubricantsusa....-lubricant.php

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Yes, some type of solvent and some time to start. Then some spray lithium grease. Or a lubricant of your choosing.
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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I usually clean bearings with kerosene. Cheap and gets the job done.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I recommend patience..... with all of those bearings you'll need it. Can't wait to see the revealing
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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    #2 on what Jeff says about PB Blaster. I always "exercise" the bearings, and in this case would probably try a rubber sanding drum insert chucked up in a drill. Spray with PB Blaster, rotate by hand to get started, rotate with the drill, lubricate.
    That should make them glide freely.
    If they aren't fastened in, I like to use a pointy dowel chucked up in the drill to rotate them. I have different sizes of pointy dowels, some 1/2 inch and larger have a hole drilled in the dowel with a headless bolt epoxied in for the drill chuck to bite on.
    Works every time so far, but sometimes I do wonder why I bother.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    I have 3 old Listas like that that came with a few seized bearings... some WD40 worked like a charm.... then I sprayed them with white lithium grease, theyve been fine for 4-5 years now.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Phil,

    All of the above.....

    OR....

    IF you want to eliminate the second step, use LPS2 to both clean and lubricate the bearings.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Phil agree with a solven to free the bearings, but I have almost exclusively switched over to B'laster dry lube - you can still get it at Lowes and it is everything Chris stated in his blog two years ago - the best things: 1. no silicon 2. no "wet" lube for dust to cling to!

    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/w...aster-dry-lube
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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Although the PB Dry lube would probably be best, 3-in-One also makes a Garage Door Lube that dries so it doesn't gather dust and debris. However, it says do not use on surfaces to be painted, so may contain silicone.

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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

    Not sure I'd worry about silicone in this application. It's not coming into contact with your wood. But the advice you've already gotten sounds good to me.

    During a summer job I had waxing and working on School Buses as a teenager we took all the bearings and cleaned them in a big tub of solvent then dried and re-greased them. One of the jobs the mechanics let us kids do after we were done waxing 70 some school buses over the summer. They of course re-installed them. We were only trusted with the cleaning. But I digress.
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    Re: Tool chest drawer bearing maintenance question

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    Not sure I'd worry about silicone in this application.
    I am not sure where I heard this or if it is simply an old (new) wives tail...

    If you use spray silicone in your shop it can remain for a long time and affect finishing (fisheye etc.)

    I stopped using silicone products (for lubrication) when I found the dry lube - it is MUCH better and low to no risk with finishes!

    (I actually used it on my hedge trimmer and swear it cuts better. The clippings do stick to the bar and I feel like it is sharper, I am thinking that is the reduced COF in the blades. (Cooeficient of friction)
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