How about using Canola Oil in an in-line oiler for air driven meat saw?
by Ed Lagniappe
(San Antonkio, Tx)
91753 high speed saw
This should be a new one for you.
Just bought a high speed metal saw from Harbor Freight ... item# 91753
and on page 2 of the customer reviews, "baxdir" praised it for use in cutting up deer & bear carcasses ... and goes on to say he uses canola oil to lube the saw so that the meat isn't contaminated by petroleum oils. AND afterwards he throws the high speed metal saw into his dishwasher!
It makes sense to me ... but I'm not fully sold on the dishwasher (not sure if that's going to ruin the tool) ... and don't know if the canola will lube adequately, or if it will gum up the works.
I guess the backup question is: Will using canola ALL THE TIME in an in-line oiler damage my other tools?
And, IF I'm gonna use this saw for butchering ... then I should probably NEVER use petroleum oils in it ... and use Canola from the outset, right? Otherwise every time I change over from metal cutting to butchering, the first bits of (& maybe all of the) meat will be contaminated.
Cuz if the Canola does damage the other tools, then I'd have to have 2 systems ... with 2 inline mist-oilers ... 1 with each type of oil. That shouldn't be a major problem if I put the oiler at the head of a short 5-6 ft line to attach at the end of my long compressor hose, eh?
It occurs to me that any type of vegie oil will tend to gum up as it deteriorates w/ bacterial
action & oxidation. And that this tool might need to be oiled before being put up for storage & any canola used for such might have to be washed out again before saw usage.
Another possible fix ... is to use WD-40 as the lube oil (instead of canola) ... since it IS fish oil, very thin, can be nebulized, & is edible ... but I'm not sure if it'd lend a fishy taste to my wild game.
I just thought this was an unusual problem that you or your other readers might like to consider.
Hi there Ed. Very interesting question.
Local butchers handle deer and other meat carcasses with an electric bandsaw. I'm not in the meat cutting business so don't know if that is the norm, or other saws are used. However, an electric saw doesn't require lube.
The use of canola oil - or any veggie oil - to lube the vanes in the 91753 Harbor Freight saw would, I expect, operate satisfactorily for a while, but you hit on the problem with the oil going rancid. I also don't know how it would react to any heat buidlup in the tool.
It were me, I'd have the meat cutting saw kept separate from my other tools, lube all other tools with proper air tool lube oil, and, when the saw in which I was using Canola oil gummed up, I would tear it down and rebuild it to work again. I don't know how often you would have to do this.
Anyone else out there using an air saw to cut up game?