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Power Tool Lubricants

knowing what type of lubricant to use and where to use it can be a bit confusing so in today's video I'll walk you through a few different types of lubricants so that you have a better idea of what goes where to better understand lubricants it's easier to break them down into two categories dry and wet dry lubricants are great for indoor use where water or high levels of moisture or not presents they do help resist rust but they don't prevent it they're also great in environments that are dusty because they do a great job at repelling dust and dirt leaving behind no oily residue just because they're labeled dry doesn't actually mean they go on dry most get applied wet but their solvents evaporates so quickly that they only leave behind a thin protective coat because dry lubricants are designed for light weight applications they do wear off quickly and need to be applied often especially if what you're putting it on gets a lot of use so now that you know a little bit more about dry lubricants let's look at a few different types of lubricants that fall into that category the most marketed dry lubricant for power tools is called glide Co it's used as a top coat on all working surfaces of power tools to keep them slick so that the tool or the material slides easily over the surface glide coat is ideal for things like table saw tops router and circular saw bases and it's easier to apply and up to 30% slicker than paste wax there are still plenty of woodworkers out there using paste wax as their top coats and I totally get that because glide coat is not a cheap product and the wax still works really well moving on the next type of lubricant is called blade coat this product is designed as the name suggests to be applied to all blades or cutting surfaces to reduce friction and to reduce the amount of pitch buildup one spits builds up on the blade friction increases which increases heat and then that extra heat can lead to burning of the wood while cutting the third type of lubricant under the dry category is a high temperature dry lubricant this type of lubricant can be used on bearings like router bits to cut down on friction and temperature keeping both the bearings and the tools in good working condition the last lubricant in this category worth mentioning is a product called liquid wrench this is a dry film lubricant and it's a little bit different than the others because it contains PTFE which is also known as Teflon and it also contains surf lawn which is a ceramic like all the rest this dry lubricant goes on wet but dries leaving a thin coat of protective Teflon now similar to glide coat in some ways but liquid wrench is labeled also to be used on windows and doors hardware locks latches drawer glides and even the kids bike chains in my shop I use it on the rails of my miter saw you know pretty much all moving sliding or pivoting points on any of my power tools or accessories I've also been trying this product as a topcoat on my table saw and it doesn't provide as slick of a surfaces glide coat but it does help for sure and it's a third of the cost at this point I'm not quite sure if this product can be a true replacement for this one but I guess it just all depends on your preferences and what you want to spend the most important thing to remember about dry lubricants is that they leave the surface clean with no oily residue and this is really important because oils can be transferred to your wood glues or finishes before we move on to wet lubricants there's one more lubricant worth mentioning that doesn't really fit into either category well enough and that's silicone spray silicone spray acts like a dry lubricant there's no staining it dries tack free and it won't accumulate dust or dirt but not all silicone sprays are labeled dry and when it comes to woodworking silicone is not a good product to use on shop tools because it can interfere with certain finishes if some of the silicone rubs off of the tools and onto the wood I only mentioned silicone in this video because it's so popular and it does have a lot of benefits around the house it's great at preventing rust on lawn and garden equipment because it repels water well and it can be used on plastic wood vinyl or leather alright moving on to the second category dry lubricants for the most part can be used indoors and out they're ideal for heavy-duty applications like metal to metal contact and they work best in environments with low dust because they stay wet which means everything sticks to them however sometimes wet lubricants have to be used in dirty environments and we'll talk about that in a second the first type of lubricant in this category is white lithium grease it is a non corrosive grease that does not freeze melt or run it's a long-lasting heavy-duty lubricant that can be used in the home auto marine farm and shop this product is great for almost everything under the table saw including elevation gears rods tilt gears and trunnions Mike already mentioned sometimes wet lubricants are the best option in dirty environments just like under the table saw therefore it's our job to take time to clean off all those areas under the saw with a wire brush as part of a regular maintenance schedule and then reapplied your lubricant there are a plethora of white lithium lubricants on the market today so don't be afraid to try out a few different brands the last type of lubricant that we're going to talk about today is penetrating oils the most common well known oil is wd-40 wd-40 has often been used as an all-purpose lubricant but penetrating oils like any other lubricant have their limitations and they also have their advantages for instance penetrating oils are fantastic for preventing rust cleaning tools and helping to break free rusty nuts and bolts it performs these tasks really well because it's made of solvents they give it a thin consistency and the ability to get into hard-to-reach places but with that thin consistency comes the inability to stand up under heavy loads or for long periods of use wd-40 can be used on power tool hardware that is showing signs of rust like screws bolts or nuts and it's very handy when you need to clean off surface rust on table saws or any other tools in the shop to clean off surface rust spray a small amount of wd-40 on the top and use either a 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper or scotch brite pad number seventy four forty eight to sand the rust away just note that if you want to use wd-40 to clean off surface rust and you want to use a top coat like glide coat you're going to need to use a degreaser to remove the wd-40 first so there's the rundown if you have questions or like to share the products that you like please them in the comments section thanks for watching I'll see everybody next week

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