Lathe, Drill, Carbide Inserts, Taps
–Mitchell Oliver – Owner, Oliver’s, LLC Precision Machining and Fabricating Standish, MI
Oliver’s, LLC Precision Machining and Fabricating is a precision machine shop specializing in all types of detail machine work and short run production. For the last few months we have been using Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube Liquid Friction Eliminator with amazing results. Below are a few of the ways we have found to use the Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube Liquid Friction Eliminator product to save money and improve the quality of the parts we are machining:
Carbide Inserts: One of the applications that is truly amazing to me is when we apply Infinity Lube to our carbide inserts. We simply use a brush as the applicator and we are seeing an insert life increase of 2 to 3 times over instances when we do not use Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube. This is on both milling and lathe applications. In addition, the parts have a better finish and are more consistent in holding tolerance.
Tapping Fluid: We use a common tapping fluid. We found that when we add Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube Liquid Friction Eliminator at a rate of 2 ounces per quart Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube increased the life of the tap substantially. I actually took a tap that was squeaking and squealing and starting to wear out. I applied the Infinity Lube and continued to tap an additional 500 holes with great success. This was a standard 34 X 10 high speed steel tap used on 4140 tool steel.
Lathe Hydraulics: We had a hydraulic system on a Mazak lathe making noise and pulsating. We added Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube Liquid Friction Eliminator at a rate of 1 ounce per quart to the hydraulic tank and it substantially reduced the noise level and stopped the pulsating.
Drilling Aluminum: Using Fuel Ox® Infinity Lube Liquid Friction Eliminator applied directly to the drill with a brush, we were able to stop all of the galling and build up on the drill, plus we achieved a much better quality finish of the aluminum.