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I visited a large commerical rock cutting shop last week. They run some 12 saws up to 36 inches. And have for 30 plus years.
They use kerosine exclusively--. They feel strongly that other lubes[oils] require rocks to be baked several hours[to remove residue]before polishing.
Hense the use of kerosine. Kerosine does have a flash point somewhere above 128 degrees F. They do not cut above 100 degrees F in practice-but because of machinery concerns--not the cutting fluid.

They know of no documented/first hand case of kerosine being ignited in a saw.

I also know of no one with first hand knowledge of an actual ignition event. I do know of dozens of people using kerosine [for years].
There is lots of internet warnings but no backup info on actual risks and industry experience.
Does anyone know--first hand--of an actual saw/kerosine caused ignition event???

No "I know a guy who told me of a guy" stories please.

From Larry Moore - July 04, 2013 at 22:29:23
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