Blade lubrication

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by yahelarmster posted 04-04-2014 06:45 AM 1236 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello there, I need some input on a matter, i just cleaned a table saw blade with simple green and realized i had nothing to lubricate the blade after i rinsed it, so i ended up using almond oil and i need to know if that’s ok or bad for the blade, thanks!

6 comments so far

View Grumpymike's profile


2480 posts in 3327 days

#1 posted 04-04-2014 09:01 PM

Hmmm…. going to be fun watching this one.
Personally, after cleaning the blades I use a bit of paraffin wax, about one or two streaks across the blade. Or a finish wax LIGHTLY on the outer 1/3 of the blade.
Over kill? Yeah, but it makes me feel better.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

View pintodeluxe's profile


6318 posts in 3825 days

#2 posted 04-04-2014 09:47 PM

I don’t lubricate my blades. They sell spray on blade and bit lube at woodworking stores if you are interested.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 3701 days

#3 posted 04-05-2014 12:50 AM

I’ve never lubricated a tablesaw blade. But all mine are Freud Diablos except my box cutter set. Not sure what the lube would accomplish???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View RobynHoodridge's profile


127 posts in 3341 days

#4 posted 04-05-2014 07:33 AM

I live where there should be mist-belt forest. EVERYTHING rusts if i don’t dry it immediately with a hot air gun and then ‘seal’ with a barrier layer of some sort. Usually a lube. So the point isn’t lubrication gfadvm. ‘Oil’ is just something that unobtrusively covers everything and continues to protect even when the tool’s been used a bit as it smooshes around rather than being abraded off.
Natural oils (almond; camellia; etc) are better for the user, but seem to age (harden, ?rot?, get removed). Whereas the other category of earth-oil derived lubes last longer and seem to get into every knook and cranny but are more problematic chemicals.
Point is that you can really use whatever is at hand, as you did. Each have their characteristics, their pros and cons. I’ve used paraffin (kerosine), engine oil, almond, furniture polish, furniture wax, tool-in-a-can general purpose spray, air tool oil / sewing machine oil, and bicycle ‘dry’ lubricant.
Be weary of transferring ‘lube’ to your workpieces.

-- Never is longer than forever.

View robscastle's profile


7746 posts in 3215 days

#5 posted 04-05-2014 11:12 PM

Another suitable product would be the INOX range of MX sprays MX3 for general use and MX4 for long term preservation.

-- Regards Rob

View yahelarmster's profile


9 posts in 2707 days

#6 posted 04-15-2014 10:33 PM

thanks for your input guys, i guess i’ll go buy some machine oil or something.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics