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cleaning oil off of new tools

Hello folks.
I've had many, many hand drills over the years, with the same experience: you open the box and use it. No problem.

I just got my first drill press, with a replacement chuck, a drill press vise, and a pin chuck set. Except for the drill press itself, everything is covered in oil. (Actually, I haven't taken the drill press out of the plastic; for all I know, it's covered in oil too.)

I don't want the wood I'm working with getting machine oil on it. But it's on everything; it's going to be a nightmare getting it out of all the threads and gears and nooks and crannies...

How do I handle this?
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where you been for six years ????

yep - I just got a new Wen benchtop drill press and it too
was heavily oiled and in a plastic bag.
I used an old t-shirt to get most of it off then another shirt
with mineral spirits to get the rest.
and yes - it will contaminate any raw wood it touches.
any rags used in cleaning must be air dried thoroughly
before disposal.

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where you been for six years ????
Just found my computer; it was behind the dryer with all the odd socks.

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yep - I just got a new Wen benchtop drill press
Wen 4208?
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and it too
was heavily oiled and in a plastic bag.
I used an old t-shirt to get most of it off then another shirt
with mineral spirits to get the rest.
and yes - it will contaminate any raw wood it touches.
any rags used in cleaning must be air dried thoroughly
before disposal.

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sigh... I sure hate to hear that. I hate dealing with oily rags!
Well, thanks.
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Just found my computer; it was behind the dryer with all the odd socks.

that's funny right there, I don't care where you're from.


not the 4208: it is the 10 inch, 4212. working great so far.
I really like the Reeves variable speed vs changing belts n pulleys.

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Do you by any chance know if it has the same chuck as the 4208? Some people report having a wobble in their chuck with the 4208.
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sorry John, I don't have a clue as to the chucks.
I can say that the 4212 that I have is spot on
with zero vibration and the chuck operates as to be expected.
I sold my 200 pound floor Enco and this is part of my scaling down program.
LOL except for one item: the guy that bought the Enco DP, I gave him my
9" desktop Delta bandsaw and bought a 200 pound Delta 14".
so for now, the tonage remains the same.

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Id try wiping the oil off using rags with denatured alcohol. It cleans good, dries quick and dont leave and film
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A lateral move.

Thanks again.
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Denatured alcohol wont do much against the shipping grease and oil they coat tools in, id recommend sticking to either Johns recommendation of mineral spirits or my choice, wd-40. No matter what you do youll be dealing with some oily rags, bit the bullet and use the proper solvents

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Just hang your oily rags up and let them dry. No big deal, and so easy.

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