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Is this the best-kept secret in lubricants?

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Is this the best-kept secret in lubricants?

Published: 03/06/2017

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Cabinetmakers and furniture builders know all about wood movement.


In the hot, sticky summer of 1939, John Bogie was the superintendent of a large apartment complex in Queens, New York. The residents were complaining that windows were sticking, drawers wouldn't slide and doors wouldn't open. The inventive Mr. Bogie cooked up a solution on his kitchen stove and then applied what was soon to become SLIPIT™ to all of those problems. It worked so well that he decided to manufacture and market it, and that was the birth of one of the first really effective, nontoxic lubricants in America. By the way, it's still made in the good old USA.


Business owners know a good thing when they see it, and SLIPIT caught on quickly. Within a year, Otis Elevator started using SLIPIT Sliding Compound, and the company is still a loyal customer seventy-seven years down the road. Today, the list of customers includes Malson Millworks and Texas Wood Mill Cabinets, the Chicago Transit Authority, NASA and the US Navy, and many more large and small.


Thousands of woodworkers across America have also turned to SLIPIT as their lubricant of choice. That's because the company offers two very distinct families of products that are ideally suited to woodshop challenges. One product group is silicone-free compounds for use around unfinished wood; the other contains silicones for use in applications such as internal machine surfaces. Each is available in three forms to suit almost any imaginable application – liquid, gel, and aerosol spray.


Among the many, many ways that SLIPIT can ease things along in a woodshop are lubricating clamp threads, pulleys, drawer slides, hinges, wooden runners, rust-prone machine parts, hand tools, saw surfaces, planer beds, jointer tables, out-feed rollers – even the bases of portable routers. Oh, and SLIPIT also helps a lot when driving long screws into pilot holes in hardwood.


Any product that has been growing steadily in popularity for more than seven decades has obviously been thoroughly shop-tested. But SLIPIT has earned much more than anecdotal praise: it has also delivered great results in testing at independent industry laboratories. There is solid science behind the performance claims. And woodshops that have been using other products for years are going to be quite surprised when they take a look at how their old favorites stack up – or in most cases don't – during independent testing against SLIPIT. Among the testing agencies are New York Testing Laboratories, Inc., the Handyman Club of America, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). This last is a private research university and space-grant institution located in Troy, New York. It was founded in 1824 and is described as the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. In RPI's rigorous testing, SLIPIT proved to be the best lubricant for load carrying and wear reduction.




There's an old woodworking adage that says if you look after your tools, they will look after you. If one keeps components and tables lubricated, there will be fewer interruptions in the flow of work. SLIPIT doesn't just contribute to faster feed speeds or fewer mechanical breakdowns. Properly lubricated equipment also contributes to safety, and in 77 years SLIPIT has yet to record a single safety-related incident. When everything runs smoother, woodworkers can concentrate on their primary task – building the best cabinets and furniture.



The nineteenth century educator Frances Willard (1839-1898) was fond of saying: "I will not waste my life in friction, when it could be turned into momentum." She wasn't actually talking about woodshop challenges, but she sure could have been. Friction was just as bad for her business then as it is for yours today.


Fortunately, we now have the solution.






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