Bandsaw Blade Lubricant ???

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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 05-15-2011 04:12 AM 3223 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2011 04:12 AM

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I have been sawing quite a bit of 8/4 Jatoba and have noticed that applying candle wax to blade while running seems to make the blade cut easier and really helps with tight radius cutting in this stock. Im curious as to whether anyone uses some type of lube on bandsaw blades. What do you use? How often?

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 07:46 AM

I have some times used bees wax as it has a slightly higher menting point than candle wax.

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 07:54 AM

Sometime back, I had bought a commercial band saw blade lubricant. It was a little messy. It would build up on the guide rollers. I think sometimes the simplest is the best.

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 04:44 PM

I’m a big bees wax fan. I use it for all kinds of lubricating needs. I keep it all over the place in my shop and there is always a piece in my tool belt. I buy it at a local craft store in small pieces.

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 10:22 PM

I’m a big fan of candle was. I buy candles and chop them up into 2 in. long pieces. Great for screws. Good for bandsaw.

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 08:40 PM

I used to use Camellia Oil imported from Japan.
It’s a standard saw and chisel lubricating oil among Japanese tool users – I’m one of them.
Since January, I’ve been testing Canola Oil and so far it works great.

-- 温故知新

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