(or metalworking fluid, MWF) maintenance, is still
considered an art in many machine shops. Smart users know
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What is Coolant?
Coolant, also known as metalworking fluids or metal removing fluids (MWF and MRF) is a complex soup of oil blended into water. Coolant concentrates are typically diluted with anywhere from 80% to 99% water, but are usually used in the 5% range.
Coolant is used in metalworking to both cool and lubricate tools so that they cut better and last longer. Coolant is also made to be worker and environmentally friendly. The problem is that coolant can go bad, like a stagnant pond. Coolant is also getting more expensive, both to buy and dispose as waste.
This site is designed to help the novice user understand the important issues about maintaining coolant so that it lasts as long as possible. Oil skimmers are critical to coolant maintenance, but so is education. A few minutes of study could save you thousands of dollars a year. Also, we'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions or suggestions for this site please don't hesitate to write.