I use a portaband mounted vertically to a small metal table to rough out my blades. I'm using mostly cpm154/154cm steel. What brand of saw blades are you guys using? Seems like I can only get two or three blades cut out before needing to change blades.
I do often brush a little Moly-D on the outside of the my morse portaband blades to keep things cool. I've seen a few of the cutting lubes in a grease stick form as well, though memory fails me which was recommended around here.