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Forum topic by DonS posted 02-16-2010 10:12 PM 12404 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2010 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lubricants tablesaw bandsaw drill press

Okay, the words “non-silicone lubricant” get pitched around alot, however, no one ever calls out the trade name of a product. Non-silicone could be a petroleum product but is there some other “lubricant” that is non-silicone and non petroleum?

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 10:22 PM

yeah of course… try graphite! there are certianly products that are wax or even maybe soap based that can act as lubricants… brand names, I am sorry, I can not help there.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 10:37 PM

See what I said, no one can name one. I’ll try to stay away from graphite with my luck I’ll surely get it on the blade.
P.s. My grandfather was from Germany, came here in, shortly after WWI, married a girl from Brooklyn whose parents were both from Germany. So, I’m part German. I don’t know where in Germany he was from, he would never say other than that he had a sister. Wished I knew.

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 10:54 PM

Don, what are you trying to lubricate?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 10:59 PM

The worm gears on the trunnon of the tablesaw. We’ll try to stay away from the sex lubricants for now!

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 11:21 PM

WD40. Things slide good and it doesn’t cause inteference with a finish. It is petroleum however.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 11:37 PM

DonS… Know I think I can help you… You were just now a little more specific on what you wanted to lubricate… there are lubricants ( I will find out tomorrow brand name for you) that you can use on parts like you described that do not collect dust as badly (or well) as grease. We have one in the shop we use to keep the table of the joiner and the thickness planer from being “sticky” and rusty, so the wood slides better. It actually smells pretty good and does no harm to wood… I just for the life of me not remember the name of the stuff, I will look tomorrow and post it. Its very thin, can say that much. Probably similiar to WD40 and I am afraid it is likely petroleum based. Is there a reason you want to stay away from petro based lube?

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 11:52 PM

Don, WD 40 does contain silicone. I think what works best for that type would be white lithium. There are no end of manufacturers a common one in big box stores is 3 in one. You want the spray not the grease. Its goes on as a spray which allows it to get into all of those little spaces and is one of the hardest lubes made. You may not need to re-do it for a year or more.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 11:55 PM

Not really, just read in a book that said should stay away from petro lubes on worm gears in tablesaws, that it holds the sawdust quite well. It did mention graphite like you did also. Look forward to your post tomorrow. It must be late now in Garmish.
Don Smith

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#9 posted 02-16-2010 11:58 PM

Thanks, I’m in Atlanta where Home Depot is on every corner. I’ll check in the store tomorrow across the street from work.

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 12:04 AM

No problem Don! Yeah, its already 23:00 way past my usual bet time, but lumberjocks is addicting! Ok I will get back to you sometime tomorrow!

Good evening too all!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 01:03 AM

parafin wax, or in my case I use my snowboard wax on my TS

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 02:44 AM

Slip-It…... I think that’s the name.

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#13 posted 02-17-2010 07:42 AM

‘Lube N Walk’, or ‘Napa 8300’ they usually use this stuff on treadmill belts. You can try a fitness store or most likely any ‘box’ store should have it.


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#14 posted 02-17-2010 01:45 PM

Here’s what the manufacturer says:

What does WD-40 contain?
While the ingredients in WD-40 are secret, we can tell you what WD-40 does NOT contain. WD-40 does not contain silicone, kerosene, water, wax, graphite, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or any known cancer-causing agents.

-- 温故知新

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#15 posted 02-17-2010 04:38 PM

drgoodwood beat me to the punch….

I’m a bicycle guy. People argue endlessly about WD-40. I’ve learned a bit about it, along the way ;-)

I’ve seen numerous articles/books about woodworking machinery that recommend any greaseless lubricant. Things like 3-In-1 oil, gun oil, spray graphite, white lithium grease, sewing machine oil … even beeswax … probably all good.

More info:

-- -- Neil

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