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Rock Oil for Slab Saw

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2009, 07:00:09 pm »

I've heard of some people getting the mineral oil at a tractor supply store rather cheaply. I'm using some surplus refrigeration oil that I got a number of years ago.

I just read in another forum that a lot of the people are using Animal Mineral Oil that some purchased at the local feed store in the States. Thought I would pass it along to see what evryone thinks. I was surprised to come here and basiclly have an answer before I asked it. Seems like some kind of mineral oil is being used by a lot of people here.

I am new to the forum, new to cutting rocks and gems but not to life. Starting new hobby at 65 can be frustrating when you have the equipment but don't know how to start using it. I have 5 saws. A4", 6", 10" 24" and a 36". I bought them all used and what a mess it was trying to clean the big ones. After emptying the foul smelling thick soup and gunk from the saws (almost a tar), I didn't know what to put back into them so I could cut rocks. If I use a water blend I'm afraid the blades might rust and become useless if the diamonds fall out.
Someone told me to use honing oil but that was really expensive. I will need a lot of whatever I have to use.

Finally the question. Do you leave the sallution/oil in the saws till the next time you use them, maybe a month???

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