Choose the Right BurLife

Use this chart to select the most effective formula of BurLife® lubricant for your jewelry-making tasks.

Last edited: 11/7/2019
Burlife in three forms

When cutting metals with burs, files, gravers, saw blades and other tools, it is important to keep the cutting surface lubricated to ensure a smooth cut and to prolong the life of the tool. Often copied but never equaled in either performance or benefits, BurLife® is the best available lubricant for jewelry applications. Like a coating of microscopic ball bearings, BurLife provides a smoother cut with far less friction and more control.

Other lubricants are repelled by heat and draw away from the cutting edge. BurLife® is attracted by heat, so the friction and resulting heat produced by saw blades, burs, files and other cutting tools actually draws BurLife to the point of contact, resulting in a better finish. With BurLife, your tools work faster, stay sharper and last longer.

Choose from three formulas:

  • Original: Available in stick form or bench-mount cartridges that can be used with the BurLife® portable base.
  • Paste: Specially formulated for tasks where surfaces require a complete coating.
  • Liquid: Penetrates to lubricate; for complex or porous surfaces that may be hard to coat.
Application: Benefit: Best BurLife® for the Job:
Burs and Drills Increase precision while drilling, grinding or cutting. Reduces chatter and extends the life of the tool. All can be used, stick recommended.
 Cutters Get smoother cuts and extends the life of the tool. Stick recommended.
Files Increases the cutting life by reducing wear on the cutting surface. Liquid recommended.
Gravers Improves the cutting capabilities of the engraver. Reduces buildup of engraved metal on the engraver. All can be used, liquid recommended.
Drawing Wire Reduces friction and makes the reduction of the wire easier. Apply to wire and the draw plate. Liquid recommended.
Saw Blades Reduces drag and binding while cutting. The blade will cut more smoothly, with reduced breakage and longer lifespan. Stick recommended.
Blanking, Disk Cutting and Tap & Die Improves the cut quality of the tool for better results and extends the life of the tool. All can be used.
Grinding Wheels and Abrasive Belts Reduces friction resulting in a cooler and smoother cut. Stick recommended.
 Diamond Drills Get smoother cuts and extend the life of the tool.  Liquid recommended (water can also be used).
 Sharpening Stones Provides smooth surface and expedites sharpening. Liquid recommended.
CNC Machining Increases tool life by keeping cutter temperatures down and trapping chips for easier cleanup after cutting. Liquid recommended.

BurLife® is also available in a sampler kit so you can try all three varieties to see which one fits your needs best.