Coolant for the Mill

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by RSG » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:12 am

I once thought a flood coolant system was a good idea on my mill.....until I tried every method to contain it from being thrown everywhere. Now I just use a squirt bottle. Containing coolant on a lathe is a different story, much easier.....
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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by Harold_V » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:54 am

RSG wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:12 am
Containing coolant on a lathe is a different story, much easier.....
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Yeah, so long as you can keep it out of the chuck. Been there, done that, and had the coolant covered fluorescent lights to prove it!

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by kroll » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:46 am

Guys it looks like that maybe a coolant system is not right for me but the squirt bottles and wash down bottles are.Wanting to work Stainless I was thinking that maybe coolant system would help with prevent case hardening and help increasing tool life.I also see that some looks like they using nothing but oil as a coolant.I would think that would require a special pump for oil vs bilge,aquarium pump.

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by Bill Shields » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:00 pm

FWIW:

My brother in law states very emphatically that any time he runs the coolant atomizing system on his Bridgeport, he ends up with sinus problems and / or an ear infection -> hence he as stopped using it.

This is in a full-blown Quonset sized shop with plenty of air circulation and 'head room'.
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by johnfreese » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:48 pm

Circulating coolant can harbor lots of nasty microbes.

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by warmstrong1955 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:01 pm

Bill Shields wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:00 pm
FWIW:

My brother in law states very emphatically that any time he runs the coolant atomizing system on his Bridgeport, he ends up with sinus problems and / or an ear infection -> hence he as stopped using it.

This is in a full-blown Quonset sized shop with plenty of air circulation and 'head room'.
Can't argue with that. The stuff never bothers me a bit. My father in law however, had breathing problems when he was around the stuff. Same solution.....he got a job out of the machine shop to get away from it.
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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by Bill Shields » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:15 pm

in the end, I have turned my 'spray atomizer' into a controllable cool air blast from my air compressor to help keep the tools a little cool.
Too many things going on to bother listing them.

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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by warmstrong1955 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:24 pm

A quick thought, and something I noticed with Kool Mist.....
I would mix up a gallon of the stuff, whether it be for flood or mist. If I used it in a month or two, it was fine.
If it set around longer than that, it would go from clear to cloudy. When I did use it for mist, it would plug up the suction screen with scum, and I had to constantly clean it.
I started using our bottled water. End of problem
When we remodeled the kitchen, and put in a reverse osmosis filter, and I started using that. Same thing....it didn't cloud up, even after it sits mixed up for a year.
Not sure what was in there after a couple months with the straight tap water, but probably something ugly & growing....
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Re: Coolant for the Mill

Post by kroll » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:13 pm

Dang warmstrong that is some good information to know for either mist or flood.

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