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Standard Electric Does my Standard Electric Secondary Clock need to be lubricated?

StandardElectricCollector

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I have The Standard Electric Time Co. Secondary Clock, Type: FMT-SQ-12, GRC, Volts 120, Cycles: 60, Drive Motor: 5 Watts Max, Reset Motor: 5 Watts Max, Manufactured MAR 1961 Flextron. I plan on mounting my clock on a wall but before I do so I would like to know if it needs lubrication. The gears look clean for the most part but they look dry. I would like to run this clock for many years to come. If yes, what type of lube do you recommend, and how would I apply it.
I look forward to every ones response.
Thank you in advance
 

JTD

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You might get better response(s) if you posted this in the Electric Horology section. One of the moderators may kindly move it for you.

JTD
 

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I went ahead and moved it for you.
 

Tim Orr

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Good afternoon, SEC!

Not sure how much you know about lubing, so forgive me if I say things you already know.

Given that this is an electric, rather than a spring-driven or weight-driven clock, there's not a lot of force applied to the gears. Wouldn't hurt to disassemble, clean and polish the pivots, of course, then just a tiny bit of oil on the pivots. If you can't, or don't want to do that, just a tiny bit of oil on each pivot would probably suffice. Oil almost always gums up eventually, so don't overdo it.

Never any oil on gear teeth, ever (except maybe with worm gears and escape wheels. You don't have any escape wheels or worm gears here).

Best regards!

Tim Orr
 

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