A lot of topics were discussed regarding how we can extend the life of a blade. Somehow, it all summarizes to handling blades properly. We need to utilize the blade not only by using the correct procedures but with the right coolant that would make the cutting process smooth and successful.
A metalworking fluid/metal removing fluids or better known as Coolant is actually a complex mixture of soup which is blended into water. As discussed, it can make the cutting process successful by cooling and lubricating the blade which also makes it last longer.
We actually have four main groups of Coolant which is also available in different formulations. First, we have what we call “Oil Soluble Coolant” which contains 60-85% mineral oil and emulsifies into water. Second, “Semi-Synthetic Coolant” which contains 5-50% mineral oil which also emulsifies into water. Third, “Full Synthetic Coolant” which do no contain any mineral oil. Lastly, we have “Straight Oils Coolant” which has about 70-85% of mineral oil and unlike the first two, this coolant do not emulsify in water.
With these four categories of Coolants, a lot may be asking which among them would be the best to use during the cutting process. When choosing the best coolant or cutting fluid, we need to keep in mind that we need to pick the coolant with the highest quality. Among the coolants mentioned above, the one with the higest quality would be the Full Synthetic Coolant. This type of coolant do not contain any oil based product and are actually made from compound which makes it the best compared to other cutting fluids.
It is a must to ensure that we are using a good quality cutting fluid. A successful cutting process does not only depend on the correct process in cutting a certain type of material or using the right type of blades but by also using the right coolant, it will lead to a smooth cutting process and longer blade life.
Dan & Doreena