I got lots of great SWAG (Stuff We All Get) at the AWCI Convention. One of the little things I brought home was one of Bergeon’s new oilers. These new oilers cost about $25 each whereas the old oilers cost about $3. So what makes them so much better?
The old oilers don’t work properly out of the package. The oiler needs to be shaped so that it will properly pick up and deposit a small drop of oil. This isn’t a difficult task to do, once you know how to do it, but it does take time. The new oilers are supposed to work properly out of the package. Bergeon claims they deliver consistent sized drops every time and . . . I found it to be true. I’ve been using the oiler all week and I like it. I don’t know if it is worth $25 or not but I do find it to be slightly better than my modified oiler. I’ll still use the old oiler for greases but for small drops of light oil the new oiler works well.
As I was thinking about this post it occurred to me that not everyone shapes their oilers the same so I thought I would illustrate what I do with my oilers:
The top picture is the standard Bergeon oiler. The middle picture is the new Bergeon oiler and the bottom one represents how I modify the old style oilers. By truncating the tip the drop of oil forms on the end of the oiler instead of on the side of the oiler. This makes it easier to place the oil exactly where you want it. I control the size of the drop by the motion I use when dipping the oiler in the oil. If I go straight in and out of the oil I get a big drop. If I drag the oiler out of the oil across the oil cup I get a smaller drop. With the new oiler you get the same drop size no matter how you remove it from the oil, which makes it more important to use different size oilers. The propaganda says you can apply half a drop with the new oiler and I have only found this to be true when applying a drop to a flat surface like a pallet stone because you can apply the oil from only one face of the oiler. When oiling a pivot oil seems to flow from both sides of the oiler. Perhaps I can refine my technique and better control the half drop.