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Liquid Pinewood Derby Lube Testing
On occasion, a package arrives in the mail from a lubricant manufacturer. Generally, the package contains a lubricant that the company would like for Maximum Velocity to offer on our web site. I then schedule the time to do a preliminary test to see if the lube is worth pursuing. Typically this preliminary test is either a spin test or a slide test (no need for track testing if the lubricant doesn't perform well).
Late in 2008, I received one of these packages, which contained four liquid lubes. Since the season was getting ready to start I didn't have time to pursue testing then, so I put the lubes on the shelf and scheduled the test for the summer of 2009.
When it came time to do the testing I read the specifications and found that one of the lubes could react with some plastics, so that one was scratched off the list. The other three were:
- Methyl Silicone 5 - 5.0 cSt (1) - A colorless, transparent, nontoxic, non volatile liquid used in a variety of applications.
- Methyl Silicone 20 - 20 cSt - Same as above.
- XOil - 15.3 cSt - A transparent, colorless mineral oil, It is generally used for lubricating measuring tools and related instruments.
To screen these products for possible sale, they would need to be spin tested along with the existing liquid lubes that we offer: Krytox 100 and NyOil II.