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Little Ed    Posted 08-20-2017 at 23:31:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Clock oil
  • Purchased an old Ingraham banjo clock at an estate sale. Will run a few days and then stop. Everything appears to be in place, so I think it needs a good cleaning and lube. The clock sights I have found say that clock oil is only good for about five years, and then must be reapplied. Would 0 weight synthetic oil work, or would it attack the brass movement?

    Mower    Posted 08-22-2017 at 23:05:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • First it needs cleaned, adjusted and repaired, and then it needs lubricated with the correct lubricant (hint: it ain't 0 weight synthetic motor oil).

    If the clock is worth repairing and making it right, find yourself a good local clockmaker and have them get it in running order. They'll disassemble it, clean it with the proper clock cleaning solution in a cleaning machine, replace worn parts, polish pivots and replace worn bushings.

    We've had both of our 1850's vintage German wall clocks restored by a horologist; they're family heirlooms and we would not have entrusted them to anyone who would consider lubricating them with "0 weight synthetic oil" and calling it good. Both clocks run like new and keep perfect time.

    Philny    Posted 08-21-2017 at 17:38:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have an Amish that's a clock repairman and buys a special clock oil that's $45 a small bottle and wouldn't use anything but and has repaired my grandfather clock a couple times over the years.

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 08-22-2017 at 08:45:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Phil, Where in NY are you? I have been looking for someone to clean and oil some clocks that we have.

    Philny    Posted 08-22-2017 at 10:18:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I live up in St. Lawrence county

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 08-22-2017 at 10:52:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I live near Rochester. That's a tad too far for me. Thanks

    steveVa    Posted 08-21-2017 at 11:02:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I know nothing about clocks or oiling them. I do know that oil catches dust and dust can clog things up, so I would use soaringly or talk to those who know.
    It is always good to see someone with time on their hands...

    Kurt in Iowa    Posted 08-21-2017 at 09:07:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have an early 1900 Regulator school clock. It runs 7 days on a winding, but after several years it starts to quit after 6 days then 5 days etc.

    I use John Deere Multi Purpose Lubricant. It has restored the clock 2 times over the last 25 years.

    I tried it on a clock out of an old Plymouth car and discovered it could cause a new problem. That clock wouldn't run until I used the JD product. However it would gain 1/2 hour a day. There was a lever on the back to adjust faster or slower and putting the lever all the way to slower had little affect.

    The John Deere Multi Purpose Lubricant isn't anything like WD40 as it doesn't evaporate and it leaves a protective coating.

    AL CT    Posted 08-21-2017 at 08:21:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Welcome to the world of old clocks. I have enjoyed old clocks for years and display many in my home, and yes I try to keep them all running.

    A great source for anything old clock related is Timesavers. Their web site is

    They sell the clock oil you're asking about. Small tube with a long needle to get into tight spaces. Their item number is 13834, 4ml oiler. Called Etsyntha 859 Clock Oil.

    Hope this helps.

    36 coupe    Posted 08-21-2017 at 06:33:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Do a search.Type in clock repair parts,Clock oil costs 15 bucks in an applicater now.Saw the name of co I bought from years ago.Use the right oil on your clock.The oldest clock I repaired had wooden gears made of cherry.I replaced a drive cable.The woman who owned was blind and depend on the chimes to know the time.She had a small vegetable and asked me to see if she missed any weeds.I could not find a weed.

    36 coupe    Posted 08-21-2017 at 05:49:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Clock movements wear after years of running.I would not use synthetic oil.I have an oil in the shop that I used when I did clock repair.pivots and bushings get a lot of wear.

    Little Ed    Posted 08-21-2017 at 08:39:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks for the help, guys. I have been on the Timesavers site, and am probably going to make a purchase from the Clockworks site. This makes the Fifth wind up clock I have. It started when my wife bought a regulator clock for our first anniversary, 35 years ago. I have always liked old clocks. Wish I had known about clock schools years ago. Might have gone to one instead of Diesel school. This is a time only movement, and the pivots seem to be in good shape, but won't really know till I have it apart. Should be a simple one to gain experience on. The case is in need of some work too, so I picked it up cheep. If things go good on this, I think I will clean and oil the regulator clock an then go get a cuckoo clock back from the repair man. He has had it for nine months, and hasn't started on it yet.

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