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Offline mapletree

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Band lub below 32 degrees
« on: November 22, 2015, 12:11:08 am »
What is the best lub for a band blade below freezing?

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015, 12:59:11 am »
That's kind of like asking everyone what their favorite beverage is. You're going to get a lot of different answers.

Personally, I like diesel year around.
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 01:20:07 am »
Windshield washer fluid.
Rated for -40 degrees.
. . . . 'cause thats what works here.
(We're North of Normal)
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2015, 06:25:35 am »
Wondering what ratio you use redprospector, if any?
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2015, 07:07:06 am »
I use a winter blend diesel.  And when that gels up I take that as a sign it is too cold to run the mill

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2015, 07:09:10 am »
Windshield washer fluid.
Rated for -40 degrees.
. . . . 'cause thats what works here.
(We're North of Normal)
same here, and I still add a shot of pin-sol with it as well,
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2015, 07:19:21 am »


 Diesel, a drop every 2 or 3 seconds.   Steve
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2015, 08:06:28 am »
Check out the chart in Spark's download attachment..
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2015, 09:02:34 am »
Thank you for the replies.  I had not thought about windshield washer.

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2015, 09:08:08 am »
I've been running straight windshield washer. I don't usually run much lube on fresh wood. Resawing usually gums things up, however.
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2015, 09:29:48 am »
I find windshield washer fluid when it's on sale at Walmart for $2 and add a couple glugs of Pinesol for good measure.
When I'm sawing pine and find a pitchy log I take it off the mill and call it firewood. It's just not worth the hassle and time to mess some of them for me.

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2015, 10:02:06 am »
75% diesel and 25% bar oil here, year round.  Works great.  And, like ladylake, 1 drop every 2-3 seconds.  Quiet and clean and uses much less that you'd ever think with no staining of the wood.
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2015, 10:17:17 am »
 Running diesel in the winter is a lot cheaper than washer fluid , takes at the most 1/2 gal per day and it keeps the blade real clean.  Steve
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2015, 10:23:21 am »
I fall in the windshield washer group.

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2015, 06:27:39 pm »
mapletree, what kind of mill do you have?  If you run one with solid steel wheels the diesel won't hurt a thing.  I have a cooks with metal band wheels, and I use diesel.  If I run one that had belts on the wheels, I would probably reconsider and use something else.  Banjo
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2015, 07:37:49 pm »
     It only gets below freezing here enough most winters to be a pita.  But if I don't pay attention I can crack a lubemizer pump, and that's a REAL pita!  WW fluid in the wintertime.
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2015, 09:01:54 pm »
In the Winter, I purge my Lubemizer pump with pure WW fluid.  Our available WW fluid is usually 0 which is OK straight but not so much diluted.  RV-Marine fluid is -50 so it is my choice for diluting.

Of course, our cold is not as cold as the frigid glaciated regions.  :o
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2015, 09:35:20 pm »
Wondering what ratio you use redprospector, if any?
I just run straight diesel. I used to run some bar oil mixed with it, but really haven't noticed any difference since I quit doing it. If it gets cold enough to gell the diesel, add a little heet, or power service to keep it flowing.

To the guy's using windshield washer fluid, look into buying it by the drum. I use it in my skidder tires. The last I bought was under a buck a gallon (can't remember exactly, but like 80 cents a gallon). I bought winter blend concentrate. You'd have to water it down some to keep from turning everything blue, but at 50/50 it didn't freeze when we hit 27 below a couple of years ago. Just food for thought.
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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2015, 09:55:35 pm »
if you use windshield washer fluid you need to find a auto detailer and buy the concentrate by the gallon it will make quite a few gallons cheaper.

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Re: Band lub below 32 degrees
« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2015, 10:26:17 pm »
Running diesel in the winter is a lot cheaper than washer fluid , takes at the most 1/2 gal per day and it keeps the blade real clean.  Steve

Yep. I can't seem to find WW fluid or RV anti-freeze for less than $2.50/liter and I can buy diesel for $1.14/liter

Of course, our cold is not as cold as the frigid glaciated regions.  :o

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