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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Tonewheel oil substitute?

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Mar 24th, 2012 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have old L-100 up on its side wondering what I can use to lube the tone wheel bushings. I have read a number of posts about only using the Hammond oil. There has to be something out their that I can buy locally.

What are your suggestions?

Ramblin Rhodes


Ramblin Rhodes
Apr 11th, 2012 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

"3-In-1 Oil" works just fine,...

Edit to Add:

While not in the same class as the Hammond B,C,A or even the RT series consoles ,..the L-100 spinet series is a fine example of the 'Tonewheel Sound",..When amplified by a "real" Leslie, the classic Hammond "signature sound" is unmistakeable,...and when modified with a line out from the preamp that is fed to a guitar amp, the overdriven tone of Jon Lord and/or Brian Auger is easily attainable.

(This message was last edited by Ramblin Rhodes at 04:22 PM, Apr 11th, 2012)

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Apr 11th, 2012 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Actually, if you can't find Hammond oil, use Singer sewing machine oil.

Super light weight and no paraffin to gum up later.

WD-40 is not oil, and 3-in-1 isn't too far away on the "do not use" list for me.

Go on line to a place like ToneWheel General or GoffPro and get the right stuff.

Ramblin Rhodes


Ramblin Rhodes
Apr 11th, 2012 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

In my previous post I did not mention WD-40,... (even though 3-in -One Oil is within the parent company's product line.)
WD40 is a water displacement chemical,...totally different product for totally different application.
I used 3-In-One on a M-3 for over 10 years with no ill effect,...gave the organ to a guitar player friend in 1993 when I got tired of hauling it around and he tells me it is still running fine....the bearings on a Hammond tonewheel generator are no different than any other bearing,...they need lubrication,...but other than that,.. special and expensive "Voodoo Oils" have no particular benefit with respect to Hammond Organs,...just keep 'em lubed but NOT over-lubed. The web vendors that 'Riverside" steers you towards will gladly sell you 'over priced' oil,...save your money and buy from them what cannot be acquired at your local hardware store,...!

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Apr 12th, 2012 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know you didn't - but I know lots of folks who don't know the difference, and if anyone else wandered through the this thread, I wanted to get it out there.

To each his own, I suppose, but Hammond bearings are different in that they're sintered bronze - and porous to a degree. I prefer oils that won't gum up.

Like you, I use what I find works.


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Texas bedroom town.

Hey, hey, hey, get away from that guitar
Aug 13th, 2013 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought an old Lowery organ this past weekend and it wasn't a tonewheel but there were 2 bottles of Hammond oil sitting by the organ. The lady gave me the oil.
I'd go with Singer oil if I were you.

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USA / Virginia

Oct 2nd, 2013 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I realize this thread is 2 months old now, but here's what I just got for my "new" RT-2. Why not get the right stuff in the first place?

Tonewheel General Hospital

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
May 9th, 2014 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's been a few months. I want to thank you guys for the responses. I got the L-100 working fine with 3-in-1 oil. I just donated the organ and a 120 Leslie to a local shelter's thrift store. I'm in the process of moving and had no place to put them. They were only used as furniture for the last 30 years. Both were in great condition. I tried give them to a local studio but they already had an A-100 with a 122 Leslie.

Thanks again, Dave.

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