Vibratory Finishing Machines, Maintenance 101


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So you’ve invested in a nice, efficient vibratory finishing machine… now what? Well, if you want to ensure that your finishing machine endures all that you have to throw at it, works as well five years from now as it does today and performs consistently day in and day out, you’re going to want to learn how to properly maintain it. Just like your car, when you take care of your finishing machine, it takes care of you. Oil changes, lining replacements, lubrication and proper drive rotation are only some of the regular maintenance checks. In this post, we’re going to outline some of the most important tasks that you should be performing on your new vibratory finishing machine.

Oil changes

We recommend changing your finishing machine’s oil every 1,000 operating hours using Mobil 600 for smaller machines and SHC 626 for larger machines.


When the machine’s drain is no longer functional or when bare metal becomes visible in the process channel, you should consider relining your finishing machine. Additionally, use a hammer and nail once per year to check the thickness of your equipment’s lining.


Every twenty to forty operating hours, you should give each drive bearing housing a shot of Mobil XHP 222 or SHC 100. Be careful not to over or under grease the bearings, as this can cause your vibratory finishing machine to fail.

Media usage

Typically, a four to one ratio of media to parts is recommended, though three to one can be used in batch processes. If you’re concerned about part impingement, you can increase the ratio to five to one to prevent part-on-part damage.

At CLM Vibetech, we create the industry’s longest lasting vibratory finishing equipment. Using standardized parts and premium components, our machines are designed to endure the rigors of daily use. On top of that, they are engineered for swift and effective maintenance. If you’ve been considering replacing your existing finishing equipment, contact us today to learn more about the best finishing machine company in the industry: CLM Vibetech.