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 Post subject: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Okay, so I have been wanting to buy some actual lubricant (Right now I use that little bottle of white stuff that comes in with some cubes), but I have no idea what difference a high, medium, and low viscosity lubes make on a cube. Does anyone know anything about it?


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:14 pm 
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You want low viscosity.

High viscosity lubes are for heavy duty mechanics (like car engines), as their viscosity comes down to working levels as they get hot, whereas low viscosity lubes would break down and/or evaporate under those conditions.

A cube would turn slower with high viscosity.

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:17 pm 
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Okay, well, what about something like Cubesmith's puzzle lube? He offers High and Low viscosity bottles made for Rubik's cubes, would either bottle have any difference?


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:20 pm 
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It's all relative. High viscosity will turn slower, but last longer. Probably you won't even notice the difference.

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Okay, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:59 pm 
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I use higher viscosity in the cores (50k traxxas) and the lower (10k) on the cubies. I only use 50k on the cubies on the higher end puzzles like around 7x7x7 pieces and up as they tend to need the higher to get a smooth feel. There are a lot of pieces in those cubes.

However I have now found a cube that doesn't respond well to the differential oils at all (v-cube 4) so on a tip from someone who had that work well I am going to try Maru lube.

Don't overlube your cubes though. When they start feeling gummy -you'll know what it is when you feel it lol- or sluggish you likely overlubed. So.. do not apply generously ;) :)


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:40 am 
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I bought this kit on Ebay which is much much cheaper than buying those tiny tubes of Maru etc.

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:19 am 
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I would expand from ebay and also look at things local. I can get a bottle of traxxas for 8 euros including shipping from a store right here in the NL.


Do note that Maru is NOT the same thing as Traxxas. They work very differently. Also, Maru does come in big bottles as well :)


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:37 am 
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Kattenvriendin wrote:
Do note that Maru is NOT the same thing as Traxxas. They work very differently.
How so? What is your evidence/experience?

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:12 am 
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Gus wrote:
Kattenvriendin wrote:
Do note that Maru is NOT the same thing as Traxxas. They work very differently.
How so? What is your evidence/experience?

It has the consistency of water. Seriously, it is really runny, wears off quickly, and will never ever gum down a cube. It's so runny that if you put to much in it flows right through the cube and flows out of the cracks between the pieces. I don't know if it is made differently then differential oil, but it doesn't work the same at all.

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:21 am 
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I have heard the contrary to the gumming though. Putting in too much (like 4 drops instead of 2 for instance) can slow a cube down again so one should be careful of that. It will be my first time using Maru on a cube.. ever, so.. we'll see how well it performs on my v-cube 4. That cube hates even the tiniest bit of traxxas like oils with a vengeance *giggle*


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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:48 am 
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I have been using Traxxas successfully on some of my mods, but I don't lube to make a cube faster, I suppose it is to make it slower! When I design a puzzle which uses 3D printed extensions glued onto a core cube e.g. Megamorphix or Ultramorphix, some of the extensions are quite large. If the core cube (4x4x4 or 5x5x5) is not tensioned to remove almost all of the spring during a turn, then the finished puzzle becomes very hard to turn due to mis-alignments. The downside is a tight puzzle needs lube to turn at all, and I have found that Traxxas does this job very well. There is an initial "stickiness" when turning, but the add-on pieces are so large that this is not really a problem (and I am not trying to make it finger trickable :lol:)

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 Post subject: Re: The affects of different viscosity lubes on cubes?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:28 am 
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:lol:

Indeed, Traxxas 50k (you can even get 100 so I have seen on.. I believe it was ebay) does the job for this very well. I can indeed see what you mean with the original cube being loose, the extensions being even looser.

I guess that is why two brands I know are often used to mass produce shapemods with. They don't.. uhm.. floop around :lol:


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