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    I was turning a crankshaft for a model engine and I ran out of cutting oil, so i went scrounging around in the kitchen and found an small amount of canola cooking oil and gave it a try and for what i was doing, light cuts and slow rpm, it worked well.
    I have been using a soy based cutting oil at work and really like it. and when it get's hot it smells like someone is frying pancake's!

  • #2
    Try bacon grease, my all time favorite cutting oil for the nastiest gummiest soft steel. It not only provides excellent cutting qualities but it prepares you for lunch.


    • #3
      Hi Forrest I didn't even think of bacon grease. I was looking for the can of crisco when I saw the canola oil.


      • #4
        If you add some sulfor( I hope I spelled it correctly), available at your local drug store, to your bacon grease( or go out and buy some lard) it makes the best tapping fluid ( or grease) money can buy. It will draw flies in the summer but it is worth the trouble.........
        Kevin Middleton
        Rome Georgia