Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review - Bur Life


For a long time, I thought this was another of those products to waste money on. Every once in awhile I might use a little beeswax if it seemed like I really needed it, but in general, I just use my drill bits, saw blades and burs as is.

Since I started doing more stone setting and my collection of burs is growing, I thought I would give it a try. It is amazing. I am now completely a believer. I got the 'sampler' pack as I didn't know which medium I would like the best. The middle container that no longer has any words on the label (and I haven't had it that long) is the gel type. Its my favorite so far, though it is quite messy. Mostly because of the heat I think - and having a studio with no climate control, well... the summer in Georgia isn't so kind to something that has a fairly low 'melting' temperature. And come to find out, the gel stuff takes off the ink of the label! But it truly makes the burs cut better. Maybe it is my imagination, but anything that will make my tools act like they work better, and hopefully make them last longer, is worth the money.

I've used the stick (solid) a little bit, and the liquid only a drop or two.

If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it. If you have tried and/or use it regularly, would you share your experiences? Do you use one kind over another? Any tips?

10 comments:

ErinMichael.com said...

I LOVE this stuff! I have the stick that I use on metal things (coils and sheet) I cut with my rotary saw or hand saw. I also use on anything where 2 metal pieces need to glide better. I haven't used the other forms of it, but the stick works so well, I haven't felt the need yet.

Great feature!

Beth Cyr said...

ah, interesting! i hadn't thought of that.... thanks for sharing!!

Kathy said...

I have used the stick type for a long time. I swipe my blade through it before and during sawing and I dip my drill bits in before drilling. It makes life easier :)

Experimetal said...

I think I got a bad batch of the stick wax.
Its crumbly and messy and dry....

Is yours crumbly?

Rachael sudlow said...
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Rachael sudlow said...

we've got some old stuff in our studio & it's a bit crumbly, esp when it's the end of the stick.
I'll definitely have to try the gel.

for now I have a very nasty looking lump of beeswax (that has all kinds of goodies from the bench stuck in it). that's been great for me...less crumbly than the stick bur life + if a stone ever gets stuck in a bezel, I use it to pull the stone out..just enough stick

Experimetal said...

rachel,
i had a HUGE brick 2x4"? of beewax once and one day it went missing....
My dog ate it! I was kinda horrified because of all the its and bits of metal in it!? He survived...

Fashionably Adorned said...

that last comment was to funny.. was the dog a lab by chance?? lol

solange said...

Is this an equivalent product to the Procut stick? I have always used Procut when sawing, and only recently tried using it on my drill bits. I was also pleasantly surprised at how it does seem to make them cut faster! Now I always use it for tough drilling jobs.

Beth Cyr said...

hm, I'm not familiar w/ Procut - but it sounds similar!

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