Adding High Temperature Red Grease to a gearbox motor. - Amazing!

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,581
Salem NH
Hello
The St Croix gearbox versa motor very similar to an auger motor but a more compact gearbox has always came from the factory with a high quality grease fitting. This used one I have hear was making quite a noise. Therefore I added the grease and it quieted right down! Amazing!

See vids below. Should all gearbox motors have a zerk grease fitting?
Part 1 - of 2 - Noise before adding grease

Part 2 of 2 - Now see how quiet it is after adding grease - Amazing
 

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heat seeker

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2011
3,139
Northern CT
Cool!

Another thing that will make that motor noisy is if the VersaGrate bushings need lube. If not lubed, both front and back bushings, they put a strain on the motor and gear train, and it makes a noticeable noise. Mine was noisy, and after I lubed the bushings, it's very quiet. I never connected the two events until I did the routine maintenance on the Versa bushings.

I don't know if my Versa motor is original (I doubt it), but it has no grease fitting. I did open it up a few years ago and put some high temp grease in it. Opening it up takes care - there are a lot of small parts that can fall out, so if you try this at home, be very careful!
 
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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
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Salem NH
Cool!

Another thing that will make that motor noisy is if the VersaGrate bushings need lube. If not lubed, both front and back bushings, they put a strain on the motor and gear train, and it makes a noticeable noise. Mine was noisy, and after I lubed the bushings, it's very quiet. I never connected the two events until I did the routine maintenance on the Versa bushings.

I don't know if my Versa motor is original (I doubt it), but it has no grease fitting. I did open it up a few years ago and put some high temp grease in it. Opening it up takes care - there are a lot of small parts that can fall out, so if you try this at home, be very careful!
You can easily add a zerk fitting if it does not have one. :)
 

tlc1976

Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2012
462
Northwest Lower Michigan
Sounds like a good idea for the application.

Typically a gearbox will only have as much grease as needed, because if it’s packed with grease and it runs continuously it can heat up more, also lose efficiency. And it will end up leaking out wherever it can and making a mess. But an auger is intermittent so it should probably be fine. It might ever so slightly reduce the pellet feed, but probably not even noticeable compared to other variances.

I had this cheap ATV winch I used on a snowplow and I packed it with grease. Made a big difference in noise. It also didn’t coast down by itself anymore which was a good thing.
 

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,581
Salem NH
Sounds like a good idea for the application.

Typically a gearbox will only have as much grease as needed, because if it’s packed with grease and it runs continuously it can heat up more, also lose efficiency. And it will end up leaking out wherever it can and making a mess. But an auger is intermittent so it should probably be fine. It might ever so slightly reduce the pellet feed, but probably not even noticeable compared to other variances.

I had this cheap ATV winch I used on a snowplow and I packed it with grease. Made a big difference in noise. It also didn’t coast down by itself anymore which was a good thing.
Hi TLC1976
I have a cheap winch that works ok, but noisy as heck! Where did you add the grease????
 

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tlc1976

Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2012
462
Northwest Lower Michigan
Hi TLC1976
I have a cheap winch that works ok, but noisy as heck! Where did you add the grease????
I pulled it apart. Cleaned up everything including emery cloth on the commutator. Then I greased it all. The box between the motor armature and winch drum should contain a planetary gearset which you can pack some grease in too. I’m sure thats the main source of the noise but my main concern was the plow drifting down. I also put some rubber washers to better seal the electrical posts because water had leaked inside and started rusting the innards.