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No! Typically these are permanently lubricated at the factory.

Unless an expert that does repair work on this type of machine comes in and says something different. I would avoid opening this machine up and adding any kind of grease or oil. It may wind up in your next cake! :)


Posted on Oct 05, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanks very much. There are sites on the web that show step-by-step re-greasing of these machines but nowhere does it say it is actually needed."

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