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dprue1
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Registered: ‎11-04-2009
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Drilling oil substitute?

I need to do some metal drilling on the press today but could not find any cutting oil at HD. Can I substitute something like 3-1 oil , WD40 or something else without burning up the bit? I am a novice so help would be great.

 

Thanks

 

Dave

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ColoEd
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Registered: ‎10-23-2009
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Re: Drilling oil substitute?

Dave, I have used plain 30 wt oil many times over the years.  I have a squirt can sitting beside my drill press ready to grab when I start drilling metal.  Probably not as good as cutting oil but for typical work, I find it does fine.

Ed

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joebtool
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Re: Drilling oil substitute?

Dave, sometimes you can find the cutting oil in the plumbing dep't as it is also used for pipe threading. If none at HD or lowes try a plumbing supply house. If all that fails any light oil is better than none.

 

Joe B.

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dprue1
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Registered: ‎11-04-2009
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Re: Drilling oil substitute?

perfect thanks. It occured to me to try some bar oil from the chain saw. Will try both and see.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Dave

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Gary K.
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Registered: ‎10-25-2009
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Re: Drilling oil substitute?

Just for reference; kerosene works great for aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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stick48668
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Re: Drilling oil substitute?

kerosene for aluminum.. wax for stainless. most any oil for steel...


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