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Useful Tips Regarding Band Saw Coolants

August 01, 2019

One of the most powerful cutting tools used throughout a wide range of industries is the band saw. It is capable of cutting various materials, such as different metals and woods. As such, it can be found in almost every metal and woodworking shop. Like any other tool, band saws require different types of maintenance to keep them in good shape. One way to consistently and easily upkeep the quality of your band saw is by using a band saw coolant.

While the use of a band saw coolant may seem like an easy enough task, there are still some things to keep in mind about coolants before you go about applying them.

Clarifying between a coolant and a lubricant
It is not uncommon for a lubricant to be mistaken for a coolant. However, do bear in mind that these two fluids are very different. A band saw coolant is what helps protect the cutting blade from excess heat while a lubricant is what makes the cut smooth. So, always remember that one product can’t replace the work of the other because each is formulated with a specific purpose in mind. 

Choosing the right product for your band saw
Another important thing to consider is the fact that not all companies produce coolants or lubricants specifically for band saws. For instance, coolants used in industrial machinery can differ in formulation than those specifically used for band saw blades. You have to make sure that the product you choose is specially designed for band saws. Otherwise, it can make your cutting much more difficult and can even harm your blades. 

Coolant and lubrication is not everything
While the use of a band saw coolant should be one of your maintenance priorities, it is not the only solution to keep your cutting tools in good condition. They’re just one part of the entire maintenance procedure. Industrial Bandsaw Services is not only a provider of band saw products, we also offer maintenance services including comprehensive 20-point inspections. While it is good to understand various maintenance procedures for yourself, nothing beats having professionals on the scene to help you avoid as much downtime as possible.