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post #1 of 10 Old 08-13-2015, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to Clean Power Tools

Hey guys, I am in a transitional period in my business. I am moving all my equipment from my old to new shop. But, I dont want to put all that dirty, dusty stuff in my new, clean shop. What is the best way have ya'll found to REALLY clean your big tools. For instance, the dirtiest of my tools are my DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter, and my DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw; each of which sits on Ridgid AC9945 Miter Saw stands and my Ridgid R4513 10" table saw. All these gets the dirtiest because they are all portable in-which gets carried to job sites with me. As ya'll probably know it's pretty easy to clean tools that have been in a controlled, dry environment like a shop. But these tools get used a LOT and a lot of it they are out side, and they have seen their fair share of flash thundershowers. Of course I do all I can to keep them out of the weather, but getting wet is inevitable from time to time. Which when it hits all that dust makes it all the worse when trying to clean them. I try to keep them clean as possible but usually because of rushing, they usually just get a blow off with the air hose and a wipe down. But now I want to really get them clean. Everywhere. Do yall have any advice as to a cleaning product for these and also is the motors on these tools sealed. Would it hurt to put a water hose to them as long as they get a good drying afterward.

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I would not put water on the tools.
If you think a vacuum with the brush attachment or a high pressure air spray from your air compressor doesn't do it for you, then I recommend a non-scratch scouring pad with WD40.
You will essentially wash off the machine and wipe down dry, cleaning and oiling at the same time.
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Good stuff. I've used it on guns for years. I jammed a drill chuck up with porcelain tile dust a while back. Flooded it with this stuff until it ran clear and it brought it back. Didn't hurt the motor or plastic housing - actually cleaned it up nicely.
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Bear,
I would not put water on the tools.
If you think a vacuum with the brush attachment or a high pressure air spray from your air compressor doesn't do it for you, then I recommend a non-scratch scouring pad with WD40.
You will essentially wash off the machine and wipe down dry, cleaning and oiling at the same time.
You know I didn't even think about using the shop-vac!! As far as the water goes, I wasn't going or trying not to get it anywhere near the motors but I was going to try (maybe not now) to use the pressure wash on the stands and the outside of the table saw. I was really wanting to get into all those small nooks clean

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Good stuff. I've used it on guns for years. I jammed a drill chuck up with porcelain tile dust a while back. Flooded it with this stuff until it ran clear and it brought it back. Didn't hurt the motor or plastic housing - actually cleaned it up nicely.
I'll have to see if I can find some. Maybe my little Home Depot has some

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I'll have to see if I can find some. Maybe my little Home Depot has some
It's more likely your local gun shop or Army Base has it in stock.
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Compressed air and a shop vac with a brush attachment will get 90% of the crap off. For the 10% that doesn't, a spray bottle of simple green or similar, a rag an a scrub brush will do. Just be sure to relubricate everything needing lubrication after cleaning

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50/50 mix of mineral spirits and cheap red(Ford)auto trans fluid is what we use on cleaning sort of,"outdoor" equipment.Kinda like that guy on,"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" movie....substituting the above for his windex.

Inside,the concoction stays in the machine shop for the most part.Where everything has a greasy feel.Not something that should be used around fine WW'ing.Although,it does work well on WW equipment restoration/repair.....just not in places of wood contact.Outside equip to me,equates with framing lumber so,screw it...the stuff above gets used.Water(occasional rain),runs right off.Good luck,BW

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Get a pack of these at Sam's (Costco has something very similar):

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/terry-t....ip?navAction=

I'm a bit anal about keeping my tools clean. I dust them off with an old paintbrush and when they need it I wipe them down with a lightly damp cloth. After the initial purchase it's cheaper to wash them than to use paper towels.
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. Would it hurt to put a water hose to them as long as they get a good drying afterward.
Don't you run your tools through the dishwasher? Just joshing of course but I used to work in the food service industry and a guy was asked to clean the electric meat slicer. Instead of wiping it down he dunked it in a sink full of water!

As others have suggested an air hose and shop vac goes a long way but be careful with the compressed air around the motors-you don't want to blow any dust somewhere it can cause harm.
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