Do you have machines where you machine cast iron and other materials? Or are do you dedicate machines to your cast iron parts?
Regarding running dry, are you doing any drilling dry?
I occasionally have to run one-off parts aluminum or steel in one of the cast iron mills. I use MQL in those instances and clean up right away, if I let it dry I'm left with cast iron concrete all over.
I did a lot of drill testing to make a pilot hole (vs ramping) that would be interpolated into a slot. Part of my issue was the spindle ramp so I kept SFM low and tried to use a heavy feed to make up for time. 400SFM .012 IPR, only 1xD (0.315") and thru the part so not exactly taxing but I made about 1000 holes with that single drill before I finished testing. Then I used it for a bunch of one-off aluminum and steel parts, I think the gummy aluminum was the hardest of all the materials on it.