How do you clean the spindle?

Use an oil-dissolving cleaner to clean any coolant residue from toolholder and spindle surfaces. Dust-free cloths or paper towels with light penetrating oil and manual wiping tools work best for cleaning the spindle socket surface.

Sometimes, we need to clean the spindle, It depends on the specific application and usage of it. In general, it is a good idea to keep the spindle clean to prevent the buildup of dust and debris, which can negatively impact the performance and lifespan of the spindle. If you notice any issues with the spindle, such as abnormal noise or vibration, it is a good idea to check for and clean any debris that may be causing the problem. If you are not sure how to fully clean your spindles, here are some steps for you to follow.

Steps to clean the spindle

  • First, you need to make sure that your machine is off and not connected to any power.
  • After turning off the machine, you can start by using a brush or other cleaning tool to remove any debris or dust from the spindle and surrounding area. It is best to use a relatively soft brush.
  • Cleaning the spindle surface with a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse the spindle thoroughly with water and then dry it with a clean, soft cloth. It is best to use a dust-free cloth or paper towel dampened with a light penetrating oil and a hand wiping tool, but remember not to wipe with alcohol, which will remove any oil and lubricant.

After a good cleaning, you should spray a light lubricant on the surface to prevent rusting. Finally, reassemble the machine and run it for a few minutes to distribute the lubricant before resuming normal use.


Spindles tend to accumulate material debris, dust, and oil stains after a long period of use, which can easily lead to premature wear and tear of the machine and failure if not cleaned for a long time, so it is important to do a good job of spindle cleaning for your processing projects.

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