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Old 01-03-2015, 10:14 PM
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Tap and drill cutting fluid "oil"

A while ago on the forum someone told me about using "cutting fluid" for cutting threads with a tap. I don't remember who it was but wanted to thank them (again I think). I have been using it now for a while and I just have to scream from the roof tops how great this stuff is!

If you haven't used this stuff, it is a GREAT help with drilling and tapping.

To who ever told me about this, THANKS!

Brian


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Yes, great stuff.. I keep a can next to the drill press..Years ago, a now deceased friend, used to get some tap fluid from his job at the GM tech center. Stuff had a strong cinnamon smell and was sooooo good.. Made tap-magic look like drain oil..
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Brian, I've been using the cutting fluid for years I don't do much drilling and tapping but its REALLY handy for drilling out spot welds...
What I do is put a bit of foam in a small can (canned mushrooms) then put the fluid in it so when I knock over the can it don't spill ,the foam holds it in there...One day I put the can in a magnetic bolt tray I got from HF for a couple bucks and now I can stick the cutting fluid any where and keep it off the floor when cutting my welds ...Putting it in the magnetic bolt tray has an unexpected second purpose ,I now have a place to keep the various drill bits I need along with the fluid ...very handy...
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we use a paste product : Jokisch Econo 897 on the mill . Makes for less mess on the bed of the mill.

Basic tapping: Tap Magic or Ridgid brand liquids
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Brian, I've been using the cutting fluid for years I don't do much drilling and tapping but its REALLY handy for drilling out spot welds...
What I do is put a bit of foam in a small can (canned mushrooms) then put the fluid in it so when I knock over the can it don't spill ,the foam holds it in there...One day I put the can in a magnetic bolt tray I got from HF for a couple bucks and now I can stick the cutting fluid any where and keep it off the floor when cutting my welds ...Putting it in the magnetic bolt tray has an unexpected second purpose ,I now have a place to keep the various drill bits I need along with the fluid ...very handy...
I think you are the one who told me to try it Mike, and I will try your can and foam too, awesome!

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Cutting fluid

One of the best..Rapid Tap.
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Unless I try it side by side I imagine it would be hard to tell which is better but I will give it a try when I am out of the one I got. But the cool part is, you use so little it will last a LONG time!

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we use a paste product : Jokisch Econo 897 on the mill . Makes for less mess on the bed of the mill.

Basic tapping: Tap Magic or Ridgid brand liquids
Now THAT sounds cool ,I guess it melts as it heats up ? it would be less mess than oil for cutting welds too. I never heard of it before.
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I've been using Cool Tool ll for years. It has worked well for me. Even used it at GE way back in the '70s when I ran a small machining area.

I like that small can with a piece of foam idea. I always have a greasy spot on my bech from that single drop that runs down the side of the can every time I use it.

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I've used Rapid Tap, and Tap Magic for years. I use them for both drilling and tapping, and love both. Rapid Tap used to be a very thin viscosity, and worked well, but didn't stay on the tools well. They changed to the thicker formula, and that's when I really liked using it. I've got cans of it everywhere I might do much drilling or tapping.
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