I was given an old, rusty and very dirty manual hoist similar to the following

Manual Hoist

which was "stuck" (would only go up). After taking it apart and rigorously cleaning the pieces, the issue is solved.

Now that I have to put it back together, which part(s) in addition to the bearing should I lubricate? In particular, should I use lubricant on the gears? What about the chain? What kind of lubricant should I use?

I am afraid that lubricant is going to keep dirt in the mechanism which I would prefer to avoid if not necessary.

  • @SDsolar Thank you. Are you referring me to the tour because you think that this question does not belong here? If so, I am sorry but looked around and could not find a better fit (it was either here or on engineering.SE which was not really adequate either ...). Where should I have posted it, if not here? – PiCTo May 24 '17 at 20:56
  • It was meant as a general welcome message. You are fine. I see you have a badge and that is probably it. You're doing great. I especially like the diagram and good explanation. This is the kind of question that attracts useful answers. Have a great day! – SDsolar May 25 '17 at 5:33

Use grease, on gears, not on the chain.

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