Universal lubricant oil kit for Studer & Revox
Revox / Studer general purpose universal lubricant kit for most later Revox and Studer reel to reel tape recorders.
LUBE KIT - PDP
This kit is for all capstan motors that use a single open special low noise ball bearing and a bronze bush as well as later motors that use 2 bronze bushes. It is not suitable for capstan motors on machines manufactured after 1988 (identified by a red sticker on the motor) which require a different oil (Klueber Constant GLY2100). The later oil is also available from Nagravox. Generally the later oil is for later (very few in my experience) Revox C270 and Studer A807, A812, A820 machines. For very early A-G36 or early Studer machines, please see our Terreso oil kit.
This kit contains:
1 x special Mobil DTE extra heavy capstan lubricant in 10/12ml bottle as factory specified for earlier Revox / Studer motors. Also good for all other general lubrication tasks.
1x special Kluber Isoflex PDP65 synthetic lubricant in a 5ml bottle as factory specified for most Revox and Studer capstan motors. 5ml is supplied - enough for many applications.
2 x small syringes with wide bore needles for accurate placement of lubricant
Capstan motors need top-up lubricating every ~500 hours or 6 - 12 months and full clean and new bearing (older type that take a roller) at ~3000 hours or 1 - 3 years. Studer's later technical bulletin no. 174 dated 1st July 1988 specifies all capstan motors need lubrication and if they are regularly lubricated service life can be extended beyond 10,000 hours from the specified 4,000 hours.
Do this simple service lubrication and the motors will last a long long time. Most motors we have come across have never been serviced and the lubricating felts are dry. Luckily these old capstan motors are really robust and can be brought back to good serviceable condition. They are relatively easy to dismantle and once upgraded / serviced will run smoother with less noise.
- Reel motors are NOT lubricated. The bearings are sealed for life and should be changed every ~3000 hours or 1 - 3 years. Two bearings for each motor.
- General Lubricant: The Mobil DTE EH in our kits, besides for early A77 and all F/G36 variants capstan motors, is also suitable as a general lubricant for all moving parts on tape machines. It is a high viscosity oil ideal for "clinging" to moving parts.