Lubricating leather clutches with 10W-30?

(Topic ID: 196256)

Lubricating leather clutches with 10W-30?

By BlackCatBone

1 year ago

Topic Stats

  • 2 posts
  • 2 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by baldtwit
  • No one calls this topic a favorite


Linked Games

No games have been linked to this topic.

    #1 1 year ago

    I bought a bingo from a collector who told me he had lubricated the leather clutches with 10W-30 motor oil. He cautioned me to stick with the 10W-30, stating that if I ever added neatsfoot lubrication, the combination would gum up. The thing is, the game is whisper quiet, so maybe he is on to something.

    Has anyone ever heard of using anything other than neatsfoot on the leather clutches? Any thoughts on the wisdom of 10W-30?

    #2 1 year ago

    the clutches don't really make noise unless they are sticky and squealing, but if they are adding load to the motor that will make the gearbox noisier.

    ideally, whatever the clutch material is slips with tiny resistance but manages to spin the thing it connects to at the appropriate time.

    some operators used a Teflon disc ... no lube required. An operator in reno used heavy weight transmission fluid in both the gearboxes and on the leather clutches. I'd guess anything that keeps the leather from deteriorating would work ... it's not so much acting as a lubricant as it is conditioning the leather.

    in theory neatsfoot compound is formulated to preserve the leather where other stuff ... who knows. I wouldn't be concerned tho, and I wouldn't do anything to the clutches at all...including adding more oil. Let it go for a few months/years and see how it's holding up. Look for leather shavings and try spinning the fan blade with your finger to gauge resistance to slip.

    Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
    $ 109.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 6.00
    $ 96.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Super Skill Shot Shop
    From: $ 43.00
    $ 295.00
    Lighting - Interactive
    $ 999.00
    Pinball Machine
    $ 110.00
    Cabinet - (Alt) Translites
    Pin Mods
    € 339.00
    $ 7,199.00
    Pinball Machine
    Gulf Coast Pinball, LLC
    $ 40.00
    Lighting - Backbox
    Rock Custom Pinball
    $ 63.00
    $ 48.00
    Cabinet - Other
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 43.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 6.50
    Bright Lights Pinball
    From: $ 9.99
    $ 49.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 29.99
    Cabinet - Sound/Speakers
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 13.00
    $ 5.00
    Playfield - Other
    Chrome Candy
    $ 134.95
    Lighting - Other
    $ 75.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Super Skill Shot Shop
    $ 14.95
    From: $ 29.99
    Playfield - Protection
    Little Shop Of Games

    Hey there! Got a moment?

    Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside