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Vintage General Model D Meat Grinder Gear Oil Question

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by happypit, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. happypit

    happypit Fire Starter

    I acquired this meat grinder from a friend yesterday (7/4/17). No owner's manual. Through research I'm pretty certain it's about as old as I am (I'm around 50). It weighs 51 lbs.  It's a beast.

    It's from General Slicing Manufacturing (no longer in business)
    Model D
    .73 hp
    1700 rpm, approx

    Motors from most of those models were Westinghouse. 

    I was told from my friend that the top port was for vegetable oil. Wouldn't it be better if food grade gear oil were put in there?  I know veg oil can get rancid.  I only plan on using it once or twice a month at this point.  I'm just getting started making sausage.




    If it does take food grade gear oil, can you all make a recommendation as to what to use?
    If it doesn't take food grade gear oil, what can you recommend?

    If you need more info I will do my best to provide.

    Many thanks to a newbie in sausage making.  :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would use Mineral oil...  get it at the pharmacy...  It is typically used for fine machinery oiling...   should work fine...
     
  3. happypit

    happypit Fire Starter

    Thanks for the suggestion, Dave.  [​IMG]
     
  4. I have a General Grinder model D. I use Lubriplate, part number FGL-2. It's food grade and reasonably priced.
     
  5. happypit

    happypit Fire Starter

    Bob, thanks for that info. I'll check it out.
    :)
     

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