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  • Cutting fluid that won't freeze?

    I am looking at buying a cheap 8in bandsaw with a cooling oil setup on. My question is is there a water soluble cutting oil that I can use that won't freeze? Or something I can do to the cutting oil that will make it not freeze?

  • #2
    Just get the RV antifreeze and add to your coolant as you would your car. I say the RV stuff because it is more "enviromentaly correct"

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    • #3
      Won't the antifreeze cause the oil to separate from the water? That is what I was told by a couple of guys out this way.

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      • #4
        Check with manufacture of band saw if required. I know ELLIS saws do not require and cutting fluid.

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        • #5
          I just stir it from time to time, it never has done me wrong.

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          • #6
            This saw needs it. The manufacturer just replied and told me to put it in a heated shop. I will only have a non heated trailer for it to live in. I will try the rv antifreeze idea if it hasn't been a problem for you guys. What ratio should I run it at with soluble oil?

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            • #7
              can pick up a pan heater for a car. they are magnetic and work really well just put on the out side of the tank and your good to go.

              heres what i use on my hydmech 20

              https://www.acklandsgrainger.com/AGI...de=TMR340-0017

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              • #8
                I was thinking about that but I would have to let a generator run 24x7 to power it. I don't have the luxury of a shop with power or heat either.

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                • #9
                  Cutting fluid that won't freeze?

                  Arc, how big is your coolant tank? This is a very good thread, because I'm sure there are plenty of us that only heat our shops when we work in them. What brand-type of coolant do you use?

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                  • #10
                    i use MOBILCUT 102 in our saw and for most drilling applications. the tank on the saw holds about 3-4 gallons.

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                    • #11
                      Cutting fluid that won't freeze?

                      Does the pan heater work in extreme cold? It's been around 0 and below with the windchill.

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                      • #12
                        RV antifreeze will gel if it gets cold enough. It wont freeze solid but it will gel and you dont want that with a band saw.

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                        • #13
                          Cutting fluid that won't freeze?

                          I m having the same thoughts about freezing I just got a 7x12 band saw and 6 lengths of 2.25 inch round and 7 lengths of 1.5 inch round. It's been -7to -14 here and I soon got to cut my steel to fill my order.
                          I was thinking about mixing wind sheld washer fluid and water until it has a freezing point of -16 then adding my Walter cool cut and retesting it to keep it around the -16 freezing point

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                          • #14
                            At what point will the RV antifreeze start to jell up? It's gonna be - 20 again here tonight?

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                            • #15
                              as for the pan heater working in the cold its kept the fluid warm in -40 Celsius.

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