Are any sort of cutting oils acceptable for use with a porta band saw
(milwaukee in this case)? I'm mostly interested in cutting mild steel
with the least amount of heat.
I'm worried about oils either eating the rubber "tire" or making
the blade slip off.
I use tapping fluid with a hand hacksaw and there's less stuff to
break in that situation.
Beeswax or one of the more sophisticated wax based cutting sticks.
I've used some under the DoAll label that I picked up at a garage sale a
good number of years ago. It also works well for tapping blind holes as the
was pushes the chips out.
Check your favorite tool supplier.
"Cydrome Leader" wrote: (clip) I'm mostly interested in cutting mild steel
with the least amount of heat. (clip)
I think oil on the tires would not be good. I don't think you need any kind
of lubricant or coolant to cut mild steel. Buy good blades, and run the saw
at less than full speed. Limit the force on the cut, and you should be
able to walk right through. If the saw is cutting slowly, I rock it, so it
is not trying to cut the full width of the material.
My Porter-Cable saw has a label on the housing stating NOT to use oil on
the blade and to use a stick wax. I use a blade wax (I believe I got it
from MSC or Enco) on both my 4x6 and porta band saws...
Cydrome Leader wrote: