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Neat Maching Fluid: Anchorlube

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Old 05-11-2004, 08:23:29 PM
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Default Neat Maching Fluid: Anchorlube

A friend gave me a bottle of Anchorlube cutting fluid. It is a green mayo consistency and I think it is an emulsified wax. A little goes a long way and it really makes machining stainless and tough stuff a breeze. Best of all it is non toxic with no nasty fumes. Better than stinking up the shop with petrol-based stuff. Works great on taps and dies too. Makes that nice hiss sound when the chips fly. I ordered more today from MSC but I am sure other simalar places carry it.
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:56:21 PM
harvey teal
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Thanks, Paul. I'll try it. I've been working with some pretty obnoxious stainless lately. The regular Sulphur based stuff don't cut the mustard. The best I've ever seen for this stuff is lard. Rough on the nose, though.
Old 05-11-2004, 09:05:56 PM
Greg Tyler
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I've been using this stuff for years on stainless. Works great.If you keep the lid off though it does get a rotten oder to it.It's a paste type and I prefur it over any liquid I've used.Greg.
Old 05-12-2004, 09:16:30 PM
Doug Hanneman
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I've used Anchor Lube for years and agree that it works wonders as a cutting fluid on stainless and many other metals. It keeps the bits and blades sharp. I put it in a mustard squeeze bottle and squeeze it right where I need it to be.
Old 05-12-2004, 10:27:24 PM
Mac Leod
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I use old, spoiled 1950's whale oil that I was able to get a hold of from a wood shop...WoW but that stuff is rank, but hey it WAS FREE! I have not used it for machine work, if it smells this bad cold I am kinda afraid of what it will smell like when heated, it is ok on whetstones though a bit difficult to remove.

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Old 05-13-2004, 02:01:24 AM
Andrew Mackey
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Default Re: Neat Maching Fluid: Anchorlube

DO NOT USE WHALE OIL FOR CUTTING OPERATIONS!!! Whale oil is a super lubricant. Cutting oil is not a lubricant, but a coolant. The sulfured cutting oils are a low temperature oil, and will burn when cutting stainless. When I thread stainless steel piping, I either use water or a cutting agent as mentioned in this thread. Using water cutting S.S. in the field, usually gets ribald comments from the Apprentices, and knowing smiles from the old timer Journeymen. I learned the trick from my grandfather. Andrew


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