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what lubricant do you guys use for the wheel axles and the hex shaft can i use just white lithium grease or something else
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A "low temp" rated lithium grease is ideal. MH

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+1 on the lithium grease. Been using it for years and years. Clean your hex shaft w/a rag and some type of solvent and smeR a very light film of lithium on it. While your i there clean off the drive platter and drive wheel.
Remove wheels and clean/grease axles w/lithium grease.

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Last time I had my wheels off and wiped down my axles, I did so with a regular #2 grease. Doesn't seem like the type of grease is particularly critical here.

But wait, isn't lithium a soap? Isn't lithium grease less resistant to wash-out than most other greases? Why not use a marine grease which will be highly resistant to moisture?

I'd still like to find this stuff ... but doubt I will any time soon:

https://www.mystiklubes.com/do/product/GREASE/665027002

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All I know is I 've been using it for a long time and have never had a problem with lithium. Have a pound tub of it that I've been working on and still have about 1/3 of it left. Probably last my lifetime. I'm happy with its performance. There are different lithium based greases. Most are very good water/moisture resisters.

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Someone here (forget who) had recommended Mobil1 synthetic grease, that seems ideal as it doesn't wash out and it's very cold weather rated. I have used lithium in the past, works well but washes out and needs to be replanished from time to time. I am going to pick up the synthetic and switch over myself. Just thought I'd pass it along

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I'm one of the Mobil1 synthetic believers. Stays "soft" to a lower temp. For the couple extra bucks a tub it just makes sense to me but I use synthetic oil in the engine too.
There are also guys who recommend oil as they think grease can get too stiff but it's worked for me.
I do oil the bushings though as I hope it helps them last longer.
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Marine grease is waterproof and very tacky. It's what's used on trailer wheel bearings. A lot of people here use this on locations that will frequently get wet like the wheel axles.

For the axle use what is in my grease gun. Usually a standard #2 wheel bearing grease. Check it every year and re-grease. Never had any issues.

If you run with both wheels locked you could use anti-seized. You just want to make sure the shaft does not rust to the wheel.

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+1 great stuff, a little goes a long way.

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I'm one of the Mobil1 synthetic believers. Stays "soft" to a lower temp. For the couple extra bucks a tub it just makes sense to me but I use synthetic oil in the engine too.
There are also guys who recommend oil as they think grease can get too stiff but it's worked for me.
I do oil the bushings though as I hope it helps them last longer.
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+1 great stuff, a little goes a long way.



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Yes the Mobile 1 grease is good too. However I use Amsoil marine grade grease. Very water resistant and lubricates well.
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