General information about the Site

This lapidary and jewelry design community forum is dedicated to the novice, more experienced, and expert lapidaries and jewelry designers.

Forum cabochon in the Spotlight

Bob ( bobby1 ) shared this unknown druzy

Forum Jewelry Design in the Spotlight

John shared this beautiful pair of amethyst cufflinks

Forum Jewelry Design in the Spotlight

Mick B shared this stunning opal shell carving

Intarsias / Composites / Bead Making in the Spotlight

Kent shared this really nice Imperial Jasper pendant

Lapidary Related and Forum Member Shop Links

Brian Ababurko Silversmithing Classes / Rock Rollers Club

Dons Lapidary Arts

Idaho Rock Shop

Rare Rocks and Gems

Coyote Rainbow

Lightninghorse

Rocky Treasures

Talking Rocks

Fine Gem Designs

Idaho Rockman

Fine Woodwork and Lapidary

Darkstar Jewelry

DLC Gems

Teton Art Gallery

Art Cut Gems

Woman With A Torch

Lapidary Buy and Sell (Facebook Group)

Lapidary (Facebook Group)

Lapidary Equipment Marketplace (Facebook Group)


Lapidary / Gemstone Community Forum
May 22, 2019, 10:54:26 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
  Home Help Search Login Register  

Lining Inside of Slab Saw

Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Lining Inside of Slab Saw  (Read 765 times)
PhilNM
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 657



« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2013, 01:00:55 pm »

IMHO, you are overcleaning. Wayyyyy overcleaning. Scrape out the clay, top off the oil, and start cutting again. There is NO good reason for making a saw spotless clean. Clean oil  yes, clean saw, waste of time!

How about some quarry tiles laid in the bottom, you then pick up each tile, scrape it into a bucket, put it back and get back to cutting?
Report Spam   Logged

Rockoteer
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3698



« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2013, 02:14:11 pm »


And there you have it folks.  PhilNM's idea is the best I have heard so far.  My 12/14" saw is at that place right now.  I'm going to use this method as soon as it warms up a tad.
Report Spam   Logged

-Gary

Of all the things I've lost..I miss my mind the most.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
denny
Guest
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2013, 03:11:30 pm »

IMHO, you are overcleaning. Wayyyyy overcleaning. Scrape out the clay, top off the oil, and start cutting again. There is NO good reason for making a saw spotless clean. Clean oil  yes, clean saw, waste of time!

How about some quarry tiles laid in the bottom, you then pick up each tile, scrape it into a bucket, put it back and get back to cutting?

It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.  Just like I still change the oil in my vehicles every 3,000 miles.  If the process ain't broke, don't fix it kind of thing.  As far as time is concerned, that's all I have.  Trust me when I tell you that this is by FAR the dirtiest the saw has been after draining since I first got it.  You can never over clean something.  It might not need that much but I'll stay with my system.  I just put on my shoulder length vet gloves, whip the spatula around, use a roll of paper towels and put in fresh oil.  Works for me.  Now if this plastic bag on the bottom will contain the clay, I'll be satisfied.

I like your idea of quarry tiles.  If the plastic bag doesn't work, I'll try that.
Report Spam   Logged
Rockoteer
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3698



« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2013, 04:18:42 pm »


And there you have it folks.  PhilNM's idea is the best I have heard so far.  My 12/14" saw is at that place right now.  I'm going to use this method as soon as it warms up a tad.

And there you have it folks.  Denny's idea is the best I have heard so far.  My 12/14" saw is at that place right now.  I'm going to use this method as soon as it warms up a tad.

I am so fickle it's funny.  Actually what I am saying is I do like to clean my saws up real good, right down to using my power washer on it......but.....I will try PhiNM's way also.   Not agin new ways ..... know what I mean Vern?
Report Spam   Logged

-Gary

Of all the things I've lost..I miss my mind the most.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
PhilNM
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 657



« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2013, 05:16:12 pm »

:)
Report Spam   Logged

sealdaddy
Guest
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2013, 08:14:43 am »

IMO. Too much fuss. I just vacuum sludge out

Vacuum?...what power/size shop vac?
You have one dedicated for that purpose only?
Report Spam   Logged
denny
Guest
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2013, 08:25:55 am »

There are several video tutorials dedicated to the making, and use of, dry vacs to clean out your slab saw.  One by Tony (Catmandewe) is excellent, but there are others as well.  As far as size, it depends on how much oil your saw will hold.  For my 16" saw, a  five gallon shop vac would be sufficient.   Try here:
http://andy321.proboards.com/thread/21533/slab-sucker
Report Spam   Logged
sealdaddy
Guest
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2013, 09:45:46 am »

Excellent~!!
Thanks, neighbor~
Report Spam   Logged
legendarygranite
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2195



WWW
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2013, 11:52:44 am »

I don't think I would used water to clean my saw, water and bearing don't mix.
Report Spam   Logged

Cowboy
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 538



« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2013, 08:06:45 pm »

Wow. Call me Dirtbag.  In 19 years I've only cleaned out my slab saw four times: each time I needed to move it. I find the oil gets dirty, but if it sits for a couple weeks without use, all the sediment settles and stays down.  When I move the saw, I drain the oil and scrape a couple inches of nearly-solid mud out of the bottom. I simply don't see a reason to clean it out more often. The sediment causes no problems in the operation of the saw. It slowly fills up the "bathtub" but the thing is so deep anyway that it causes no trouble. It saves me having to top off the oil so often to keep the level above the blade.
Report Spam   Logged
DadOhs
Full Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 126


Take me to your Labradorite!!


WWW
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2014, 08:03:34 pm »

Wow. Call me Dirtbag.  In 19 years I've only cleaned out my slab saw four times: each time I needed to move it. I find the oil gets dirty, but if it sits for a couple weeks without use, all the sediment settles and stays down.  When I move the saw, I drain the oil and scrape a couple inches of nearly-solid mud out of the bottom. I simply don't see a reason to clean it out more often. The sediment causes no problems in the operation of the saw. It slowly fills up the "bathtub" but the thing is so deep anyway that it causes no trouble. It saves me having to top off the oil so often to keep the level above the blade.

I know this is an older thread but I had to comment on this.... if you have a large/deep sump you can get away with this, especially if you are not going **** with your saw...5+ hours/day, everyday. Or if you have a saw like mine where there is only 3 1/2 gallons of oil in it to make it work. I let my saw go for a month, maybe 2 and I have no choice but to clean out the saw. I drain it, scrape out the heavy deposits and then refill it with oil that I had filtered the previous cleaning
and away I go!
And while the sediment will settle out of the oil over time, when you turn on the saw the top layer of sediment will raise up and get lifted up by the blade and deposited onto what you are cutting thereby increasing the chance of cutting marks on the material being cut, and, reducing the life of the blade, because it has to work harder to cut and cool with sediment present in the oil.

When I have my saw going steadily, I tend to have it running about 6-9/day at least 5 days a week and some material is dirtier than others so the oil gets nasty faster, but I always wait till I get to the pudding stage or worse before cleaning the saw and I clean my saw at least 6 times/year. (During the summer it is harder to cut in my shop as I have no A/C in there and the temp hits 100+ on a regular basis.

So, no I don't think you're a dirtbag for your cleaning, I think it's great that you can do this, wish I could too, but understand not all of us have that large sump area to work with, so we have to clean it out more often!
Report Spam   Logged

Mario

Just when everyone thought I was finally gonna clean up my act, I found a new way to get muddy.

I once sought the meaning of life, but I got side tracked by an agate!
fwfranklen
Guest
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2014, 02:44:14 pm »

Ok, let me get the obvious out of the way first.  I'm anal.  There I said it.

When I drain my 16" slab saw I also clean out the inside fairly thoroughly.  I used to clean it until it shined, but Tony convinced me that wasn't necessary.  Now it just is...clean, mostly. 

I was thinking about putting some sort of lining, burlap, plastic bag, whatever, on the bottom of the saw in order to be able to easily remove the clay that builds up on the bottom over a period of time.  Tony feels that burlap might absorb too much oil but I suspect that it either wouldn't amount to all that much or I could just dump the burlap into the drained oil and let it drain with all the rest of the gunk.  My primary concern is that somehow or another it could get tangled around the blade, although I can't see that happening.

Any thoughts, concerns, kindred souls?????


I have a friend that uses pieces of used bed sheets as a liner for his 36 in saw. His wife sewed around the edges and even sewed in little lift handles. He has two so he just lifts the one out (after draining most of the oil) and puts the other one in place and returns the paper bag filtered oil. I never asked how he cleaned the bed sheet once removed?

Mike
Report Spam   Logged


Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum | Buy traffic for your forum/website

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy