When we hear of dull notchers, chipped blades and similar, the cause tends to be the same – not properly lubricating the tool and parts.
Our cut off dies and pipe notchers are such a staple in so many shops, sometimes it can be easy to overlook proper use. Something as simple as notching the end of pipe still means that metal is being cut. When cutting metal, lubrication is essential, not only to reduce friction to help reduce heat.
A quick and easy way to insure pipes are properly lubricated is to maintain a bucket located near your pipe notcher (a bucket that can be covered when not in use to prevent contamination and debris). Simply dunk each pipe end before inserting into your Vogel notcher.
We recommend a heavy sulphur-based brown cutting oil. Lightweight lubricants that are ‘vanishing’, water-soluble, or aerosol, like WD40 are not recommended.
We talk to people every day who are replacing a pipe or tube notcher that has been in service for a decade or more. If you want to enjoy this same kind of life with YOUR Vogel tools, don’t foget to always lubricate.