Metal shavings. Ugh.

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Forum topic by Evangogh posted 02-15-2017 02:26 PM 567 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 02:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: metal shavings dust removal

Any tips on getting metal dust off of tools? This is taking forEVERRRRRR.

Mostly just hand tools (chisels, hammer, etc), a little bit on the base of my drill press and lathe. It’s so fine that wiping it off seems to be the only option?

Any tips for getting rid of the shavings/dust if I come across it on a motor or something?

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 02:28 PM


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#2 posted 02-15-2017 02:35 PM

I use a switchable magnet, like this one

Turn it on, pick up the shavings, take it to the trash can, turn it off and let the shavings fall.

As long as you don’t get too close to other metal pieces, like the motor or machine, it works great. Otherwise—shop vac with a brush.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 03:11 PM

I use one of these, though I’m dead sure I didn’t pay that much for it. Of course that doesn’t work for aluminum, brass, and such stuff. Those I get with a shop vac.

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 03:31 PM

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 04:28 PM

Magnet in a plastic bag.

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 04:01 PM

Thanks for all the feedback! Sorry, my keyboard was busted XD

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