I have been asked whether PlanetSafe AIM will work with tapping titanium. Everyone tells me it is really tough to work with and often times the tap will break even when using the expensive metal cutting fluids that state they are specifically for tapping titanium. Dale Poling, EliteIron.com, gave AIM a go with tapping a 10/32 hole in titanium. As he described it he was “deeply shocked”. He said it had less friction problems than he has had with some specialized titanium tapping products. Dale has a very well equipped machine shop that includes CNC lathes and mills as well as the latest metal working equipment.
Jim McCune at Interwest Rebuilders in St George, Utah was introduced to PlanetSafe AIM by a mechanic friend. At Interwest they rebuild starters and alternators. Jim immediately adopted AIM to pull bearings off shafts, to press bearings on shafts, to loosen nuts and bolts, to apply before they put together nuts and bolts, and as a cutting oil for drilling. He says he gets great results – not too messy, virtually no smell, doesn’t seem to follow him around the shop, lasts a long time, and they really like it. Prior to using AIM they used PB Blaster and Zep 45 products. While they provided decent results they are messy and they tend to go through a lot of it, whereas with AIM a little bit goes a long way and gives great results. He also reports that he likes the non-aerosol applicator because it is less messy. With aerosols they are messy and get all over the place. Jim also says he has found AIM to be very useful in drilling broken bolts out of housings, even bolts as small as 10/24 with just a drop or two of AIM and the drill goes through it quickly and the bits stay sharp. As you can tell Jim has become a real advocate for AIM.