Frequently Asked Questions

Biolube Lubie vs. diesel fuel?

Biolube Lubie lubricants have a higher flash point than diesel fuel and many other lubricants. Atomizing lubricants and spraying them on makes them go further, which saves money and does a better job of lubricating….The Lube Master spray system is designed to keep saws cool and resin free. it is adaptable for all machinery, including head saws resaws, gang rip saws, package saws, and moulders.

Why are Lubie Lubes better than other lubricants?

Lubie Lubes, both dilutable and non-dilutable, are more than just lubricants; they are sophisticated formulations of cleaners to dissolve and remove pitch, coolants to reduce blade temperatures and lubricants to prevent resin build-up and reduce wood friction in the cut and rolling friction over the wheels. This balanced blend of non-flammable, non-combustible and non-toxic chemicals allow mills to run closer tolerances, thinner kerfs and faster feed rates.

Why our customers experience more profit?

Clean saws coming back to the filing room require less clean-up time before leveling and tensioning and there is generally less gullet cracking. These factors result in mills being more profitable by producing more lineal footage per shift, within tolerance, with less blade changes and less time spent in the filing room.

What are the five "R's" of lubrication?

In order to achieve optimal reliability and maximum benefits from a lubrication program, several factors need to be taken into account. These are summarized by the well know five “R’s” of lubrication.

  • The right lubricant; dilutable or non-dilutable depending on equipment and species.
  • The right quantity; using less to get better results is always less expensive.
  • The right time; only when cutting, don't let your lube wick down the back of the saw.
  • The right point; on the gullet and tire line, just above the guide, just before the wheel.
  • The right method; low pressure atomization to cool and distribute the lube evenly.

  • Will Lubie Lubes work in other spray, drip or wick systems?

    Lubie Lubes will work in any drip systems. All non-dilutable Lubie Lubes will work in wick systems but the capillary or wick rate will be different due to the different viscosity. You will need to do some testing. Dilutable Lubie Lubes will not work in all wick systems because the solid component of the lube will clog the wick. We have tried Lubie Lubes in many spray systems and find they work most of the time. Since we can’t try every spray system on the market, we can only suggest you call us or do some experimentation on your own. We cannot be responsible for any damage done to other spray systems.

    Can I use other lubes in the Lubie Lubemaster sprayer?

    Because we have no idea what you may be experimenting with, our first answer would be no. Common sense would suggest anything that is flammable like diesel fuel, any solvent or paint thinner would be a potential explosion of fire hazard when sprayed and vaporized. Additionally any toxic or highly irritating liquids like floor cleaner, diesel fuel, industrial detergents or acids should never be used. Finally, any product sprayed must be environmentally acceptable. Over the years we have seen just about every concoction imaginable and in every case they are either hazardous, flammable, an environmental pollutant, more expensive to use than a standard Lubie Lube, or just plain don’t work. Biolube has spent an enormous amount of time developing safe, biodegradable, economical lubes that work on all species.

    Why do you say Lubie costs less than diesel?

    Although diesel fuel costs much less per gallon than any Lubie Lube, you always use much more diesel. For example; in a standard wide band head saw with wick system you normally use 3-5 gallons of diesel fuel per shift and at about $3.00 per gallon that’s $9.00-$15.00 per shift. The same head saw using either the Lubie GP (hardwoods) or Lubie 210 (SPF & cedar) would use about ½ gallon per shift for a cost of about $8.00 -$10.00. This same formula holds true for narrow bands. The cost of lube per shift is actually negligible when you look at the increase in footage you get per shift, the reduced bench time needed to clean and level the saw, the reduced gullet cracking and now using an OSHA approved, non flammable lube.

    Where is the best place to mount the spray nozzles?

    On a 8”-13” head or resaw band 2 nozzles always go just above the guide block; about 1”-4” from the saw body. The other 2 nozzles get mounted to spray on the inside of the band anywhere before the band passes over the top wheel. If you have built-up on the outside of the band and have established your saw is in alignment then these other 2 nozzles get mounted to spray on the outside of the band; somewhere in the back of the saw is generally best. Give us a call for guidance. On circular saws, gangs, moulders, finger jointers and edgers mount the nozzles about 1’-2’ from the saw tips, as close as you can to the saw just before it goes into the cut. Make sure the gullet is free of wood chips and mount the nozzles away from the dust collector.

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