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Rocksnot
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2011, 05:32:27 pm »

I noticed the serious difference in the water 'cling' and banding after the borax as opposed to the beading and run off of the plain water.  Even though I have been using rain water.

cut some slabs today and noticed the same thing. the borax works wonders over the boric acid. i'd been getting a lot of rust with the acid but the borax cleared that up..  i filled up my saw and used what was left over to wash some rags and an apron and the some of the floor of the shop.. it works great for that also.. dancer5


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The floor around the saw in the garage has never been cleaner!
Hope the wife don't expect that I am going to do the whole garage (unless she will start leaving the car out!   minemine2  I could use the space hehe!
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RoyKims
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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2011, 08:03:10 pm »

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 I could use the space hehe!


HEHE,,  i haven't spread to the garage yet but the 12x12 shop is getting crowded
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« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2011, 10:12:27 am »

Hey here is an update on the Borax use in the water for the saw...

Starting out I with an initial  3-4 scoops (roughly 1/2 cup loose fill) of borax in a splash of water I then add 4 gallon of water (I use rain water cause the barrels are right next to the garage) I run the saw and make cuts.  When I need to add water to the saw I only put 1 scoop ( about 1/8 cup) to 4 gal. water since it does not all desolve there may be enough in the bottom of bucket to just add water!

The water has been very slippery to the feel (my hands have never been cleaner)  and there has been NO rust on anything!  Cast iron and steel are clean and the smidge of rust that was starting on the vice is now gone!

Whoo hoo!! comes to mind right off the bat  ura

I will have to come up with better calculation for how much to add per gallon for best result so I can start using Borax in the smaller saw and grinder in the house!
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RoyKims
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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2011, 09:36:05 pm »

i've been using 4Tbls per gallon. seems to work. it may be too much but it works. no more rust here either..
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