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Saw Mills

Saw mills have a number of individual wood sawing machines that are interconnected by a conveyor system. For the most part, all facets of a saw mill's operation are handled by machine. The saw mill operators operate the machine controls and occasionally free machine jam conditions.

Various viscosity grades of anti-wear hydraulic oils are used in hydraulic systems, such as our 6105-6120, 6520 MONOLEC® Hydraulic Oil or 6801-6807 MULTILEC® Intustrial Oil. Steam cylinders should use a compounded cylinder or valve oil. The exposed screws that control movement in the head blocks may be lubricated with an industrial gear lubricant, typically the 1600 series VPGL, or with the same oil used for steam cylinders.

The saws that are used in a mill are named according to the saw's use. These saws include the bucking saw, the head saw/slab saw, the resaw saw and edgers. A light paraffin oil is used to lubricate oil-lubricated bearings. A lithium EP, 3751/3752 ALMAGARD® Vari-Purpose Gear Lubricant grease should be used for grease-lubricated bearings.

Where gear boxes are oil-tight, an industrial gear lubricant (1600 series Vari-Purpose Gear Lubricant such as 1601-1609) would be satisfactory . However, if the gear cases tend to leak, a semi-fluid EP grease such as 4701 MONOLEC® Industrial Lubricant may reduce leakage while still affording adequate lubrication.

Bearings that are located in and around kilns may operate at high temperatures and should be lubricated accordingly with synthetic greases. High temperature grease is required in rolling bearings above 300°F . Above 300°F, it is particularly important to lubricate frequently and to completely flush out the residues of old grease from the bearings.


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2200 Bristol Circle, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 5R3
1-800-GO-LUBES
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