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Understanding lubricants and when to use them can make a significant difference on your portable machine tool cutting results.

Proper lubrication can be extremely important to achieving excellent cutting results, as well as getting the maximum performance and precision from your cutting equipment. Lubrication as it pertains to portable machine tools can refer to three distinct circumstances; lubrication as directly applied to the working components of the machine, lubrication applied to the bit during a cut, and lubrication introduced into the airflow when using pneumatic tools.

1. Equipment Lubrication – Always refer to your equipment’s Operation Manual for specific information on the lubrication points, type of lubricants, and service intervals between routine maintenance lubrication. Due to the wide range of operational demands placed on the equipment, your mileage may vary regarding re-lubrication of your equipment.

Equipment that operates in extreme environments may also increase the demand for lubrication intervals due to lubricant break-down, seepage, or contamination. Suffice to say that the mechanical component lubrication is the lifeblood of your machine and to get the anticipated performance and life expectancy of the equipment, attention to regular lubrication maintenance will have a direct impact on protecting your investment in the machinery.

All machinery leaves our assembly plant fully lubricated and ready for work. Some equipment that is designed to work in certain environments are available with special lubricants used in equipment manufacturing. An example of this is the KRYTOX® grease that is specified for machinery that is intended for use in cleanroom environments.

2. Cutting Fluid Lubrication – An equipment operator can often recognize when cutting fluids are needed to lubricate the bit as it cuts through metal. This can be determined by audible sounds, chip color, excessive bit drag and many other indicators. Some materials require frequent use of cutting fluid and other materials do not. Lubrication fluids applied during a cut essentially control the temperature of the bit’s cutting edge that can exceed the melting point of the material under certain conditions. While some operators have developed a feel for the use of cutting fluids, you can always ask for advise from Tri Tool before you cut any material.

3. Airflow Lubrication – Any time you utilize a pneumatic tool it is imperative that you use a quality FRL (Filter – Regulator – Lubricator) such as our rugged and dependable AIR CADDY. A quality FRL not only prevents contaminants from entering the air motor, it ensures ideal air pressure while introducing the ideal amount of oil into the airflow. The rate of oil introduction (drops per minute) is determined by the size of the air source and the operating demands of the equipment. This is so critical that it can void your equipment warranty on an air motor if running a machine with “dry” air leads to catastrophic damage to your pneumatic tool.

We want to ensure you get maximum life from your equipment and bits, and get the best cutting results possible. Call us any time to discuss any aspect of your equipment or cutting lubrication.

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