Inside Adam Savage's Cave: The Return of Moly Dee!

Publicerades den 27 apr 2021
After his previous video expressing his affection for the copywriting on a vintage bottle of Moly Dee tapping fluid, Adam opens up this viewer mailbag to find a bottle of Molybdenite, the mineral that is the secret sauce behind Moly Dee itself! It's exactly the kind of novel gift that Adam loves and will find its home in the oils cabinet under Adam's workbench.
Adam's original video about his love of the Moly Dee oil can:
“Turbo Encabulator” video:
Moly Dee today, as Castrol Variocut C:
Shot by Adam Savage
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  • Adam's original video about his love of the Moly Dee oil can: “Turbo Encabulator” video: Moly Dee today, as Castrol Variocut C: Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks:

  • molybdenum is my favourite lube for metal on metal parts

  • I have a pint bottle of Moly Dee from 15 years ago. It is the best, slickest cutting oil I have ever used. Because of the ridiculous cost I only use it for the toughest jobs. I reordered a bottle from MSC last week. In the fashion of the finest business WEASELS, Moly Dee cutting oil NO LONGER CONTAINS ANY MOLY DEE. That's right, zero. Some turds called BP Lubricants bought the rights to the name. It is now a sulphur based cutting oil like we use for pipe. Except the pipe cutting oil is $25/gallon and the "moly Dee" is $50/pint. Don't fall for this scam!

  • Moly dee is a must for tapping titanium and stainless. Also great for use in draw forming. Castrol sells gallon jugs of it.

  • Hillary, are you going to get a set of dies to go with that?

  • Bro trust me, you'll look so much better and younger with your head buzzed!

  • The guy on the AvE SElists channel often notes when he finds molybdenum disulfide lubricant in the transmission of a tool he's testing down.

  • I can smell it already. Moly D is really great tapping fluid, but....the smell. Krikey.

  • drinking Bundaberg while ah watchin

  • I always feel like we've dropped in on him unexpectedly in these videos lol

  • You can Doll it up for your City Slicker crowd (but, ever’one knows it’s Molly B Damn.)

  • "Why am I talking about it again though?" Because you have a need to produce meaningless videos so your paid subscribers somehow feel they're getting something for their money?

  • Molybdenum Disulphide powder looks like graphite powder because it has a very similar crystal structure and it's the same color. The similar crystal structure is why both make good lubricants: The structure readily breaks down into small flakes. There is also a research area of making Bucky-ball-like structures of the same chemistry to make the substance last longer. (This kind of dry lubricant usually breaks down from the free edges of the flakes. If you could close the surface on itself into something roughly spherical then it wouldn't have those free edges and would last much longer.)

  • I'm led to believe that you can also paint this stuff on steel, and use a laser cutter to etch the steel....

  • The oil cupboard. Whatever is at the front was recently used. Eventually it will end up at the back only to make a return to prominence.

  • i love moly-kote grease. My mountain bike always had excellent lubrication when I used it on bearings, headset, bottom brackets and a dry coat for cables (they don't gel up when it rains). I also use a dry application of moly on my firearms. Not oil. Sure, I have to clean them more often, but they operate so much smoother than an oil lubricant. Molybdenum.

  • I wonder how it would look on the wifes white sofa a la AvE.

  • In before Brits complaining that it should ACTUALLY be "molybdenium"

  • Please make some artisanal tapping fluid!!!

  • Moly Dee is great stuff, indeed. I use it to lubricate my turbo encabulator.

  • Do you kind of script this intro with "wait... and do something mundane" ? Is it psychological trick to make us feel 1-to-1 in your cave?

  • I have in my collection a can of Molybdenum Disulfide grease "Longterm 2+". From my time in the Diesel Engine industry. German Diesels BTW although I worked in the US. A 1kg can. Dow Corning product made in Munich Germany. Label in FIVE languages! More than I can ever use in my lifetime! That stuff is wicked! I don't use it on anything that you can come in contact with because it is black and sticky and once you get it on anything it never comes off! Good from -25C or so to +130C. I've used it in machines I built or repaired for 30+ years and once it's in there it lasts IMO indefinitely! We have a saying here in Georgia (US) it is " Slicker than hot chicken fat on a stuck doorknob"... ;)

  • When is the one day build of your new oil cabinet? That cabinet does not look like it conforms to Adams shop philosophy.

  • I'd say you need a flammables cabinet but something tells me you could just paint your shop yellow, slap a sticker on the door, and call it a day.

  • you have lube, you no use. thumbs down

  • I’ve got a bunch of that molly powder, in the 90s we used to impact plate our long range bullets with the stuff, pretty cool but it turned out to cause other gun problems. Put a spoonful in a small Tupperware box along with a cup of steel BBs and your copper projectiles and put it in a vibrating brass case cleaner for a couple hours, it impact plates your bullets, making them grey.

  • Make and model of the hoodie please?

  • Lubricity, is a slippery slope! 🛢 I prefer MCT/CBD Oil. 🤖🔩

  • Why open something from a rando?? Scary.

  • I see pb in ther

  • Was i the only one who let out a very sad disappointed "awe" when springy snakes did not come flying out of the time jar? Alan! Shame on you for missing a once of a lifetime chance.

  • If you wont show me the goblin king's labyrinth.. can you make a crystal skull?

  • Is it a sub conscious thing, that he takes off his glasses whilst reading in that 1950's announcer voice, he should be smoking a pipe at the same time!!

  • About 40 years ago “when I wore a younger mans clothes” we would add a tablespoon of Molly Dee powder to our heavy truck rear ended. It made the differential gears and bearings last almost forever... great stuff!

  • I really think I need to turn "Get your lubricity on!" into a ringtone...

  • i feel like adam will end up teaching painting to juvenile inmates

  • Moly Dee how thy Stinketh on me. Use it often to light line our roll form tapping on D-2, Tool Steel an a host of other fun roll forming steels.

  • You should have those oils in a flammable storage cabinet

  • You need a new leatherette table cover

  • Looking forward to the artisanal tapping fluid episode! Cool.

  • @adamsavage, weren’t you a carny barker at some point in your life?

  • Get a guest in who can help cook up a small batch with Adam. Think of the the packaging, logo, and copy on the can you could have fun with.

  • This made me grin. I like this.

  • "Git yer lubricity on!" That sounds like something you'd hear on the Project Farm channel. And now I want to see how Moly Dee would measure up to a home grown version on the lubricity tester...

  • I look forward to some artisanal tapping fluid in a future video!

  • How does it compare to tap magic??

  • I wonder how that powder would work as a surface finish like graphite over gloss finishes.

    • @Mr Tommy Pickles graphite does wonderful things over black gloss paint. I guess I need to find some ;)

    • I've never seen graphite used to prepare surfaces, but I can tell you anything exposed to this stuff makes the surface slippery and shiny.

  • I have a pint jar of that stuff.

  • We used Moly B grease on aircraft generator shafts that slid into a helicopter main transmission. He'll to get off your hands. Love the channel

  • I used to get this blue paste cutting fluid. Forget the name, it was electric blue and worked great. Can't find it now. Probably a mutagen. Adam, you should do a whole vid on greases and oils. Most folks don't know what oil or grease is for and what it's not for. We'll ID the real machinery nerds lol. Start with Lubriplate!

  • Adam a lot of guys in my shop with many years experience swear by Moly Dee. I have done many tests myself and Tap Magic seems to be easier on the load meter when drilling and tapping most materials. It would be great to see a comparison of lubricity between a few brands to see which is truly the best!

  • I have a pint can of that from antiquity. Old old old.

  • Fun fact. My granddad tipped me off to this stuff when I was a kid doing pinewood derby cars. Got a spray can of it for the axles and wheels and I won everything by a lot. Not sure if it’s legal in pinewood derby rules, but I got away with it lol.

  • Came here to watch Adam talk about getting a new supply of weed. Was somewhat disappointed.

    • for what it's worth, the weird color action on his clothes - it looked like there was a blacklight under his table or something - made me wonder briefly if I was experiencing a flashback.

  • The ad voice was perfect, and exactly what I would have heard in my head if I was reading the label. 😁

  • Just started watching your channel love it! I am planning to start learning to work with metal. Any tips?

  • I love the tin oil cans the worst thing 3 in 1 did was go to a plastic container " revive the tin"

  • I'll be the one who says it for you Adam..... Please Send cool stuff.

  • Hi everybody

  • What a awsome gift.

  • You are correct 'Artisinal Cutting Fluid', nothing could be more West Coast or San Fransiscan. Thanks for the smile. 😄

  • Adam’s Tombstone: “Mistakes we made, ask Molly Dee”.

  • I imagine Adam would love playing the borderlands series.

  • "Get your Lubricity On!" & other cool phrases i wish I could use randomly without getting weird looks

  • "Very very powdery." So you can actually *_feel the lubricity._* Cool! Now it just needs a catchy jingle for commercials. _"Look at me I'm Moly Dee, lousy with lubricity..."_

  • I think Adams stoned today.

  • Your pronouncing it incorrectly- It's 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Which explains why you seem to be so happy all the time.

  • I reallllly want a tour video of that oils cabinet. What a peek up the skirts!

  • Get your maximum lubricity with "Savage cutting oil": San Francisco' favorite artisanal cutting fluid, (absolutely guaranteed gluten-free).

  • Lubricity! I know a could of guys, peripherally, who own a personal lubricant manufacturing company. I think I've got an idea for a new product..😜

  • Molyslip is amazing stuff, put it in a gearbox that is whining, manual transmissions only, or non limited slip differentials, and it will shut it up almost totally. Used it in industrial gearboxes as additive, and it makes them run cooler and quieter, plus slows wear on heavily loaded gearboxes. Generally I buy it in tubes, as a little will go a long way, and yes it is going to stick to every surface, and stay there pretty much forever.

  • Whatever you do Adam never do a vlog on Plutonium ;-) lol

  • After that copy read you now need a MolyDee poster done in sideshow art style to go with it. All alive! Inside!

  • Back in the 1980’s I worked at a government facility. We used Molyz powder, dri-slide, a dri spray on MolyZ, molyz grease for aircraft and such these had short shelf life’s so bottles had to be replaced regularly like 6 month apart.

  • was that Adam blowing his nose or someone using the pneumatic reciprocating saw off camera?

  • Imagine watching Adam Savage chuckle heartily at something you wrote. "GET YOUR LUBRICITY ON"

  • Any time I've used Molybdenum Di-Sulphide paste I've usually found a smudge somewhere unmentionable during my morning shower, such is its propensity to work its way onto every surface.

  • Love that you are reusing the original container from what looks like the 1950-60s era. Its very atompunk. (specifically love the "atomic structure" on the front)

  • This man is incredible. You give him a bit of gray powder and he is the happiest man on earth, snd then he makes a video to share his happiness.

  • Does tree sap resin damage wood or protect the wood with rain ?

    • @Assassinlexx thanks I like videos on resin or tree sap

    • It is called Turpentine.

  • You had better buy it now! They will run out now very fast and when Amazon does have it again the price will have really gone up! 😀

  • anyone else slightly disappointed we didnt get to see adam make the luve

  • I noticed your oils cabinet isn’t very organized and isn’t made how you like to have things where you can see all your stock at once. Looks like you could lose some things pretty easy in there. Maybe we can get a one day build for better storage? Maybe even a rolling bottom to see all of them at once!

  • That was great. Thank you for sharing that with us. A question, shouldn't your oils be stored in a metal cabinet?

  • Now we wait for a One Day Build for a 1950s Copy Can of "Savage Tap Fluid"...

  • Molly is great stuff, AvE keeps saying so.

  • You weren't far from there when you were posting earlier this year from "mere feet from the mighty Rio Grande River". Cool place. Giant mine that can be see on sat views.

  • *when you say Get your lubricity on you sounded like Hulk Hogan or Kane (AHA Glenn Thomas Jacobs) during the build up to an over the top highly choreographed wrestling match. Glen Jacobs also just happens to be our County Mayor here in Knoxville TN...great guy, very approachable*

  • That oil storage needs Savage organising

  • Right, but... is it gluten free?

  • I'm always reminded of "The Brothers O'Toole," a film in which Hans Conried goes to a mining town commonly called "Moly B'damn," because they're trying to find gold and keep just finding molybdenum -- a rare and very valuable mineral, but nobody knows it. Fast forward, and moly-b-damn is a key ingredient in high-pressure friction reduction. Motorcycle riders everywhere mourned the end of "Honda 60" paste (with 60% moly), used for such things as driveline splines, until word got around that Loctite has a 65% moly paste.

    • Every time I hear a reference to Moly, I think of this quite-funny western. [Starring John Astin (Gomez in the Adams Family) as Desperate Ambrose Littleberry]

  • 2:51 ROFL. You can start to hear Adams pirate voice peaking through. Love it.

  • The algorithm showed me the turbo encabulator video last week like it literally knew that this video was coming out

  • Please make the "DIY artisanal tapping fluid" episode.

  • This is completely ridicoulus and I love it!

  • 20 years ago, I used to work for a company that exclusively worked Molybdenum. It is a bizarre metal. Non ferrous, none conductive, wouldn't rust or tarnish. Required heat to press. From between 300 centigrade for 1mm small components to 1,000+ centigrade for 3mm plus large components. The components the company used to make were used in semiconductor industries (Heat sinks in microchips), magnet manufacturing. (We made furnace boats for a company that made magnets). train Brake components, and even golf club shock absorbers. And its very hard. I tried cutting through a 5mm thick bar that was 100mm wide with a 110mm grinder. The disc wore out before I got more than half way through it. I believe we were the only company in the UK that worked Molybdenum exclusively. The company was bought out by a big American company in 2002, and I moved away from the area. No idea if they are still running.

  • A lightly fun show and tell. Thanks Adam!

  • Here's another great product for tapping and lubricating. I like the Lube #3 for tapping in sensitive areas as it's a grease so it holds the chips in the flutes of the tap which is handy in certain situations, like fixing Ford 5.4L engines that have ejected a spark plug or three as you don't have to worry (so much) about dropping chips into the cylinder.

  • Did you offer to refill Jamie's can with fresh Moly Dee?

  • I bought a small pail of what I believe was molybdenum disulfide, it’s called ‘dry slide’ for lubing tripod head ball joints, it works its way into everything, very fine powder, you had to be very careful with that, I only used it outside on a calm day.