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post #1 of 15 Old 11-22-2010, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Metal Shavings + Magnets

Do you guys have any voodoo or magic tricks to get the metal shavings off of magnets? I try to "wipe" them off, but that only works marginally. TIA.

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-22-2010, 09:46 PM
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You know, I hate to admit it, but I've tried removing the shavings from one magnet with another magnet. But then that leaves me with the problem of removing the shavings from THAT magnet
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I've always avoided the problem entirely by putting the magnet is a small baggie, or putting a plastic cover overtop the magnet in a drain plug.

Magnet looks "fuzzy," pull the cover and the metal comes off (turn the cover inside-out as you remove it to contain the metal.)

One trick that has worked fairly well for me is to wipe down with a coffee filter - the paper is rough enough that it will catch most of the stuff, and you can just toss it afterwards. Put the magnet in a baggie/cover after it's clean, so you don't have to do it again.

If you have it, scrap bits of velvet or velveteen can also trap a lot of fine metal bits.

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In our shops we use a lot of magnets For tape measures and string lines and if you drop one it'll look like a punk chia pet when you pick it up due to years and years worth of grinding and blasting leavings everywhere, I always use a quick blast of compressed air to set things right.

Knocks the stuff right off

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shop air, Just not around measuring tools.
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-23-2010, 06:06 AM
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Yep.. I use air too. Make sure to wear eye protection when blowing shavings off the magnets.

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Yep. x4 on the air blast and face shield.
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-23-2010, 04:37 PM
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Another vote for the air blast. I used to give a squirt of oxygen out of the cutting torch out in the field where compressed air wasn't available.
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Another vote for the air blast. I used to give a squirt of oxygen out of the cutting torch out in the field where compressed air wasn't available.
Also works for headaches too

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Air, or sandwich baggies in the field.

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they make those magnets that also have aluminum in between the magnet and the surface so you pull the magnet away and they drop the shavings

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I use shop air on my setup magnets. I also have a few strong magnets on my horizontal band saw that I keep in a ziplock. When its time to clean up, use the magnet in the baggie then go to the trash can and toss the baggie.
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I have a couple of the bovine stomach magnets still around. These were magnets used in cattle stomachs to collect small metal pieces to keep them from going through the digestive system.

They look like this:



They are about 3" long. Great for shop table clean up.

Those small zip lock bags or sandwich bags are great.
Drop a magnet in the baggie and "sweep" the area then just turn the bag inside out. Blowing off the shavings just moves the shavings from point a to point b.

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small altoid tins work good to keep the magnets clean. Tape it closed and run it over the filings to pick them up. Duct tape or electrical tape does a good job at cleaning of the filings.
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