View Full Version : Solid stick cutting lubes - any good ?

06-15-2005, 05:50 PM
Are the solid stick type cutting lubes (Castrol and others) any good for turning steel, SS and aluminum?

I've been using a hypodermic drip of either WD-40 for Al or Mobil Omicron for steel and SS.

I've also found that Starrett M1 beats most stuff I've tried for a very fine finish on steel and SS. Must be the petroleum / lanolin or secret ingredients.


06-15-2005, 06:33 PM
I like Edgelube - buy it from MSC. Low melt point, safe. Works good for tapping, or rub it on aluminum or stainless and mill. I also use it on my AlOx grinding wheels for when I grind end mills or dry grind steel.

Have not used on regular steels, but can try.

06-15-2005, 06:37 PM
I swear by it,Onelube,Castrol, Lenox,used them all, all same, good.

06-15-2005, 10:21 PM
It's good on anything that heats up enough to melt it.Really good for tapping SS.

06-15-2005, 10:47 PM
Sounds pretty good. How about for turning? I'd just like to eliminate all liquid from the process.

Incidentally, this is for use with indexable carbide at speeds varying from way below normal to approaching normal. Den