To achieve optimal cutting performance and extend the life of your cutting tools, using the right lubrication is essential. Hougen offers a range of cutting lubrication options, including oils, sticks, and sprays. Here, we will explore the different types of characteristics, advantages, and ideal usage scenarios for each lubrication type. By understanding the differences between each lubrication, you can make an informed decision and ensure the cutting results for your projects.

Hougen Cutting Oil

First, we will explore Hougen’s Cutting Oil (HOU11742-4). This is a popular choice for lubricating tools and improving cutting efficiency. Cutting oil provides excellent lubrication, reducing friction and heat generation during the cutting process. It also helps cool the cutting tool and workpiece, minimizing the risk of overheating. By reducing heat and friction, cutting oil helps extend the life of your cutting tools, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Cutting oil is suitable for various cutting operations and materials, including stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous metals. Cutting oil is typically applied directly to the cutting tool or workpiece using a brush or drip system, ensuring sufficient lubrication at the cutting point. 

Hougen Cutting Stick

Next, the Hougen Cutting Stick (HOU11745-6), offers a convenient and portable lubrication solution. Cutting sticks are solid lubricants that are easy to apply and handle. They eliminate the need for messy liquid lubricants and provide a controlled and precise application. Cutting sticks provide long-lasting lubrication during the cutting process and during the frequency of reapplication. Cutting sticks are particularly useful for specialty cuts, such as thread tapping and precise drilling, where a specific lubrication point is required. To apply a cutting stick, simply rub it against the cutting tool or workpiece, allowing the friction to melt the stick and distribute the lubrication.

Hougen Cutting Spray

Finally, the Hougen Cutting Sprays (HOU11747-12), are designed for easy and efficient lubrication in various cutting applications. Cutting sprays provide a quick and effortless lubrication method, especially for large or hard-to-reach areas. Cutting sprays cool the cutting tool and workpiece while providing effective lubrication, preventing heat buildup, and reducing tool wear. Cutting sprays are suitable for a variety of cutting operations, including drilling, milling, and sawing, as well as various materials like steel, aluminum, and plastics. Cutting sprays evaporate quickly, leaving behind minimal residue and reducing the need for extensive cleaning after cutting. 

Choosing the best cutting lubrication option depends on your specific cutting operations and preferences. Each of these lubrication options provides unique advantages. You must consider the nature of your products, the materials you will work with, and the ease of application when selecting the ideal cutting lubrication. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper usage and ensure that the chosen lubrication is compatible with your cutting tools. With the right lubrication, you can enhance cutting performance, extend tool life, and achieve superior results in metalworking projects. Each of these lubricants is available at Ohio Power Tool via the links throughout this post. Don’t hesitate to reach out at or 614-481-2111 with any questions, comments, or concerns, and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media channels to stay in the know on all the latest announcements, deals, news, and more!