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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 Epic Pitmaster 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.
  6. Jacden

    Jacden Newbie

    I just got a model D sold by Montgomery Ward. The gearbox was dry. I put in some 90 weight gear oil it and runs out of the shaft opening when the machine is running. What's the viscosity of the Lubriplate? Can I just coat the gears with good food grade grease? The grinder won't be used heavily..
  7. happypit

    happypit Fire Starter

    I ended up using this and I haven't had any issues: food grade synthetic gear oil, 460 viscosity. I paid about $20 for a quart. I also don't use my grinder heavily. I do a max of about 10 lbs of meat in a batch because I have a small smoker.

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  8. Hey Happy
    before you add any oil contact Ed at https://butchersupplycompany.com/ he sell parts and stuff for a lot of old out dated machines. He has a lot of knowledge and will tell you what was used in these old machines. I just got some sharpening stones for my pre 50 Globe. Unless you plan on changing out old mixing a different oil in is probably not a good idea as they may jell.
  9. Jacden

    Jacden Newbie

    Thanks for the advice. Do you have a part number for the Lubriplate? Also, is there supposed to be a gasket or fiber washer around the shaft that comes out of the housing? Do you get any leakage around the shaft?
  10. Jacden

    Jacden Newbie

    Thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to contact Ed at butcher supply company.