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    bandsaw coolant

    hi, so recently i picked up at very nice Jet HVBS-7M horizontal bandsaw at an estate sale and had some questions.
    now i'm more of a hobbyist that likes to hoard/collect tools so not all of my tools get used on a daily basis.
    with that said, what type of cutting fluid would you recommend i use? i've read that there are some which are animal fat based and start to basically rot over time as anything organic will which means i should be looking for something synthetic.

    any opinion? this is new to me so any input even regarding the use of the machine, blades, maintenance... is all welcome.

    thank you

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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    I use this stuff in my saw, mainly ebcause it's what my local shop sells:

    https://www.morrislubricants.co.uk/p...rcut-1000.html

    my bandsaw can go a month sometimes without use and all I have to do is top the water up from evaporation. 2 years on and no signs of rot or mould.

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    Re: bandsaw coolant

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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    Check with manufacturer. My ELLIS 1600 horizontal band does not use any coolant.

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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    I do not use coolant for cutting steel
    It will makes a wet floor
    The only time I use coolant on bandsaw is cutting aluminum

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    bandsaw coolant

    I removed the coolant tank and pump that came with my import bandsaw. It did nothing but clog up and make a mess. I just use a lube stick. ( on vise in photo)



    I just got a solenoid to rig up an AIR blade cooler/ chip remover on an older Ellis that Iím restoring but havenít got around to it yet.





    Invest in a quality blade and run at the appropriate speed. I have good luck with Lennox and Starret.




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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    thank you all very much for the replies.
    Lis2323: my saw actually look just like your except for the name and color.
    i'm actually pretty new to this, do you have any good resources where i can find out about setting up blade speeds?
    also, i've only purchased 1 bandsaw blade in my life and that was from sawblades.com. its a good blade but i just got some Starrets for my hack saw and after using that i don't think i'll ever use anything else.

    i never thought about the mess it could make, maybe i'll run water through it and see how i like it. i want something water soluble for easier cleanup. i feel like the lube stick would make the work messy but then again, i've never used one.

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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    i had a jet horizontal saw in my shop. i used water soluble oil from a company called black bear;we got it in 5 gallon pails. using fluid can be messy if you don't plan ahead. when cutting bundles of square tubing i placed a container at each end to collect the oil that pooled inside. i also never left the saw unattended which is also the cause of spills. i got about a year's use from a blade.
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    Re: bandsaw coolant

    If you were cutting 2-3-4" solid you could concoct something but for"regular" fab. Its not worth the trouble. Slow the blade speed to 150~ish and cut away.

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