I can't count the number of times I've not had a camera around to prove
that I've done something a bit unusual or stupid.
I'm sure the same applies to just about everyone.
You either believe me or you don't.
On Sat, 19 Dec 2009 16:35:48 -0800 (PST), the infamous "Thomas G.
Oil with a hacksaw? Where's he trying to PUT it? <gasp!>
This episode raises disturbing questions about scientific standards,
at least in highly political areas such as global warming. Still,
it's remarkable to see how quickly corrective information can now
spread. After years of ignored freedom-of-information requests and
stonewalling, all it took was disclosure to change the debate. Even
the most influential scientists must prove their case in the court
of public opiniona court that, thanks to the Web, is one where
eventually all views get a hearing. --Gordon Crovitz, WSJ 12/9/09
IMHO the lube is going to cut down on friction between the side of the blade
and the material being cut. When first starting the cut you probably will
not notice any appreciable difference when using a lubricant.
Will the lube keep the blade sharp? No, probably not but it will probably
aid in keeping the teeth clean and that will in turn give the effect of the
blade staying sharp longer.
You are machining the metal. A lot of metalworking machines spray oil
or an oil/water mixture onto the cutting tool during machining.
Oiling the blade is a simplified version of that with the hacksaw.
With that said, I'll admit I seldom use oil unless I am cutting a very
large or thick piece of stock. Then it does seem to speed up and
smoot the process.
Wood cutting benefits from oil too. The trouble is that the oil soaks into
the wood and can't be cleaned off, so there's a downside that outweighs the
FWIW, Bosch used to sell a blade oiler for their jigsaws, intended for metal
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