Re: Cleaning a Lortone LS-14 Slab Saw
Ken, I have the LS-12 and yes it is a bugger to change out the oil but it has to be done. It is just one of the things we as lapidarists have to accept. If it is not changed out regularly the sludge will build up in the bottom so bad it is unbelievable. The same can be said for any slab saw for that matter. I usually remove the top cover after cleaning that very well. Then I remove the motor, easy enough. I remove the blade so as to get better access to the lower pan for oil and sludge removal. I happen to have a little doggie shovel that works very well for getting the oil and sludge out. It is long, narrow and deep. The front edge of the shovel is flexible enough so as to go flat on the bottom. Once I get the majority of the oil and sludge removed it is a breeze to remove the housing from the pan. I then tilt the housing up on end in the pan and continue to clean the inside of the housing. I set the housing aside on some cardboard so any residual oil will be soaked up by the cardboard. (As a side note if the housing is really to awkward and heavy for you to handle alone maybe you could rig up some kind of overhead block and tackle system to lift it up and away, just a thought. Unistrut makes a very nice roller bearing system for their unistrut that would work great for attaching the block and tackle to.) The only thing left at that point is to clean the pan. I know all this is quite obvious but I just thought I would share with you and others my method for cleaning my machine.
From Ward - June 24, 2011 at 08:01:48