Our machine the PRO EDGE has a C-shaped arm with a 180-degree rack. An electrospindle rides along this arm and a hydraulic motor and pinion drive along the rack.
The machine grinds and polishes the edge of a granite countertops. The rack and pinion are open and will get splashed with water and stone slurry.
Recently we have been using a motorcycle chain wax lubricant on the rack and pinion. Prior lubrication was either wiping down with an oily rag soaked in way oil or spraying with "Aero-Lube" a lightweight oil.
After a few years the pinion will wear with a "combing" effect on the teeth. Narrow, closely spaced deep grooves from root to tip on the tooth. It is believed to be caused from grit sticking to the rack and wearing the pinion. I think it looks more like advanced scuffing due to a lack of lubrication.
I have two questions:
1.) Has anyone experienced this type of pinion wear?
2.) What would you recommend for a lubricant?