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Gerry19 04-21-2015 04:56 PM

Blade lubricant
Is it worth it to purchase blade lubricant for router bits. I was looking at Bostik BladeCote in Amazon. Just wondering if anyone has used it.

was2ndlast 04-21-2015 06:27 PM

I'd worry they would leave something on the wood that would affect the finish.

Steve Neul 04-21-2015 06:56 PM

Do you work with a lot of pine or other sappy wood? Personally I've never had a bit accumulate enough sap to be a problem. Back when I did a lot of laminate work I had contact cement build up on trim bits but WD-40 took care of that. This would be the only benefit of using the BladeCote.

phoenixbound 04-21-2015 08:01 PM

I've never used a lubricant on blades or bits. sharp blades and bits of the proper type for the task at hand are all you need.

BWSmith 04-22-2015 06:22 AM

Echo'ing above......yeah it has happened here(sap/funk buildup on tooling),but the reasons have been pretty obvious.Cheap tooling and or dull,improper tooth geometry,yada.yada.

IF....and only you can decide,you want to try a lubricant.Pam cooking spray is recommended by some band mill guys for cutting green woods.And don't use it like my wife,drowning the brownie pan(blade)to the point of it running on my beautiful(hand-planed)kitchen floor.........just a small amt.

The time or two?.....I've lubed a resaw blade,sprayed the "stuff" on a rag and then LIGHTLY wiped the blade(machine is OFF).Did it work....yeah,kinda.We don't do enough green or sappy wood where a true comparo could be quantified.Will we do it in the future.....probably.Since I stole(rescued) the Pam from the kitchen,it lives under lock and key in the BS tooling cabinet.

*From the ,more than you want to know side of it......I've always looked at the "paint" on cheap tooling(shaper,router)with a strange bit of intrepidation.Think price point.....it's fairly "gloppy",and can get sticky if the tooling gets hot,which can't be helpful?.Generally,high dollar tooling dosen't have the goop on there?Back to the wifes brownies?

jschaben 04-22-2015 08:47 AM

Never really felt a need for a blade lube on router bits. I do tend to clean them after each use instead of letting stuff build up and petrify,,, just seems easier..

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