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    Need to cool tooling on my mill drill. Either
    I try to go too fast or the darn thing won't
    slow down enough. Guess that it is probably a lot of both.
    It looks like I can go either way for about the same money (low end systems). What is the best way to go for a small home shop. I don't keep heat on at night in the winter. Read that as the shop can and will freeze at night.
    Ross
    GUNS Don't kill people
    Drivers using cell phones do.

  • #2
    I'd flood before I'd mist any day of the week.
    May be a bit messier but you won't be breathing it. And I've never gotten a mister to give much advantage over dry anyway...
    But that's just MY opinion
    Jim
    Jim
    Phinney Bay Machine Works

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    • #3
      I made a little plywood box that I keep a 4 watt light bulb in.

      In this case, the little man that works the light when you CLOSE the door, keeps stuff from freezing.

      In Nebraska you might want to add foam insulation or another bulb or so.

      HTH Ag

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      • #4

        Thanks for the info.

        Have used light bulb for the wife's plants just never thought about using it in the shop (DUH).

        Didn't think about breathing the mist.

        Thanks again.

        Ross
        GUNS Don't kill people
        Drivers using cell phones do.

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        • #5
          A lot of people run too much mist. According to Bijur, there should be NO visible mist. The cooling should come from the refrigeration effect of the coolant evaporating into the airstream. Turn off the mist so it's just airflow, stick your finger in the airstream, then slowly open the mist control until the airstream suddenly becomes cold and a few small drops of coolant begin to bead up on your finger. That's where you should run it. At that level, breathing the mist shouldn't be an issue.

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          • #6
            Just added a mist unit to my home shop lathe. I'm tinkering around making acrylic duck calls. After scrapping about ten test pieces trying to drill a 1/4" hole 3-3/4 deep into acrylic rod I bought the mister. first piece was perfect. cost was $75 for a 1 Qt Trico unit from Enco. Though I've seen them for half that without the tank. Plus it's easy to move over to my mill drill.

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            • #7
              Just added a mist unit to my home shop lathe. I'm tinkering around making acrylic duck calls. After scrapping about ten test pieces trying to drill a 1/4" hole 3-3/4 deep into acrylic rod I bought the mister. first piece was perfect. cost was $75 for a 1 Qt Trico unit from Enco. Though I've seen them for half that without the tank. Plus it's easy to move over to my mill drill.

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