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02-14-2005, 11:48 AM
I want to add a flood coolant to my bandsaw. A good general coolant that will not rot over time. I guess that means synthetic. I would also like to minimize the mess if possible. Just a few suggestions or sources would help.
02-14-2005, 01:18 PM
There is a 4x6 bandsaw yahoo group that can help out.
I use the blue kool mist as a flood coolant. It mixes with water. No foul smell after 3 or 4 months.
I also got a 2 gallon flood coolant tank, valve and pump from HF. Been doing fine for 2 years, 45333-1VGA, US$40.00.
I liked these so much that I have 3 in the shop now.
02-14-2005, 02:09 PM
Best fluid I've found is Valenite ValCool VNT-930. Full synthetic, costs under $20/gallon from all the big suppliers, and one gallon of concentrate makes 20 gallons of mixed fluid.
I don't run the bandsaw every day, so the top layer in the tank gets funky -- called Valenite tech line and they suggest either running the saw a few minutes each day, or putting an aquarium aerator stone in the tank.
As it evaporates, just add more diluted fluid. Seems to last forever, never smells, and leaves a thin oily coating that inhibits rust.
02-16-2005, 02:03 PM
But does yer stuff freeze? That has been the drawback of having my flood coolant tank in place.
02-17-2005, 12:49 AM
Take a look at this small heater from Nelson Mfg:
Costs about $35 at big garden centers or online, clicks on at 35F & off at 40F. Lasts a long time (had mine over 10 years).
02-17-2005, 02:59 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by precisionworks:
Best fluid I've found is Valenite ValCool VNT-930. Full synthetic</font>
I also recommend this fluid - nice and clean and the metal does not rust like it does with soluable fat coolants. Mix it with distilled de-ionized water for best results and longest lifespan.