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« on: September 20, 2015, 02:59:42 pm »

I just purchased a used 12" Lortone  slab saw and was wondering opinions on water, water based oil or oil for this size saw.  I will be cutting mostly high end agate and jasper and small jade blocks with the saw.  Also, if oil, what would be the best and if water based oil, what is recommended?

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2015, 04:13:26 pm »

Anything over 10" blade, use oil. Mineral oil is the best. Mineral oil sold for lapidary use is expensive. If you have a Tractor Supply store or a place that sells horse supplies, use horse laxative. It's a refined mineral oil that costs half of what mineral oil sold for lapidary saws does.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2015, 04:16:21 pm »

yep, i give my rocks a laxative every time chuckle
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2015, 04:52:14 pm »

Yep, I use a food grade mineral oil from Castrol.

However I tip a little used gearbox oil in, works a treat for settling out the mud.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2015, 08:29:13 am »

Thanks for the Input.  I was hoping that Stellar Lubricants would be at the Denver Shows but he didn't make it as I like his citrus based oil.  Guess I'll hit Murdochs Farm supply and see if they carry mineral oil.  I still have a good amount of mist cutter from an old rock shop to help with the mist.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2015, 08:48:04 am »

You can always stop by Wally World & pick up a quart of their cheapest baby oil to make the saw smell better.  Just pour a little in with the other mineral oil.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2015, 09:43:14 am »

I buy mine at Murdochs. Last time it was 15.00 a gallon. The manual for my old Lortone  says to use oil only. Good luck!!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 03:09:20 pm »

I got my last 4 gallons of horse-lax from here:

http://www.scahealth.com/ultracruz-products/ultracruz-horse-products/ultracruz-horse-critical-care-products/ultracruz-horse-laxatives/ultracruz-mineral-oil-light.html

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