I found an old brown NOS New Day timer and brush in my box of parts which I am considering trying as I have heard over the years that many prefer them. It says "No Oiling" on the front. Is it true that they need no lubrication at all and should be run dry????? It seems that without any kind of lubrication, they would wear out in a short time since it is metal on metal. I recently started a thread where I learned that the roller type timer should be packed with grease. Would it hurt to pack a new day timer with grease so it would last longer or would this be detrimental to its' function?? Jim Patrick
I've been using brown ones for years without any lube. Don't do it!
You can change out the copper brush in the rotor to a carbon brush from some generator - that should reduce wear to a minimum.
I put a few drops of engine oil in mine. Doesn't seem to affect performance ..... might reduce wear a bit. If it causes a problem, it only takes a minute or so to wipe it out.
Would a light silicone spray work?
Silicone would short the whole thing out.
Have one of the dreaded s repops on the 24, no lube 5k still looks good. I spray and wipe out with carb cleaner about every thou. or so, KB
I have one of the black ones also- I found when I lubed it the wear particles would stick together and cause it to misfire. I only run it dry now and seems to work fine with occasional cleanings like Keith said.