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Dave King

Alan and Sue are correct. The Simpson Lawrence 555 was chain driven before it was converted to gear drive a long time ago.
I successfully disassembled one after soaking it in diesel fuel for 2 days. It did not come apart easily. A tip: Before I reassembled the unit I over-bored the main phenolic bearings by a couple of thousandths. I added 90W oil to the unit before the bottom was installed and put in more than the standard reservoir held. No more problems occurred. The unit would seep oil past the bearings at a very slow rate. About a drop a month.
I'm sorry to bore you all with this - but - I'll continue for the benefit of all those who still have one of these. Operating the unit in the normal fashion DOES NOT lubricate it internally. The chain will only rock back and forth with the operating motion. The same part of the chain is always in the oil bath and does not carry the oil up and around. In order to get the oil to be carried up, so that it will flow down, is to fully rotate the operating lever(s) in one direction at least a couple of full rotations. This would be recommended at least once a month - forever. Also. carry an extra master link for the chain. They are easily available.
Good luck,

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