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post #1 of 6 Old 12-07-2015, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Lubricating Lift Thread

Hey All,

Continuing work on the Delta TS that I bought for my dad. Got the power switch working and now I need some advice on how to lubricate what I call the "lift thread". The threaded rod attached to a wheel that lifts the saw blade up or down. If someone can tell me the correct term as well I would appreciate it!

Seems like it has gunked up with old grease and sawdust so I need to clean it and lube it.

Should I degrease it with WD-40 and then hit it with a lube or just dry clean it with a brush and cloth?

Also, what lube should I use? A light grease or an oil?

The saw is a Delta SM200L so it is a small light duty bench top saw.

thank you for your help!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-07-2015, 09:07 PM
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do not use oil or grease

Oil or grease will just collect more dust and turn it into "gunk" which will stick in the threads.

I would use a solvent like mineral spirits with a cookie tray below to catch the drips. Scrub it with a stiff bristle brush and if you can wrap a small rope or a heavy twine in the threads and see saw around them
After it's all dried off use a silicon spray or a dry lubricant like graphite. Don't use an excessive amount. It may also depend on the material the threads screw into...metal or plastic/nylon ...I donno?

My favorite shop lubes are Gibbs Or Gibbasize and Tri

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I like to use a dry carbon lubricant for stuff that could get gunked up.
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Hey Gents thanks for your input! I didn't even think of those options. I found a few sample products and wondered what you thought or could let me know if I am in the right direction:
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Delta used to recommend using a paste wax like Johnson Wax to lubricate the heli thread gears. Use an old tooth brush and work the wax into the gears while cranking the gears. The solvents in the wax will clean out the old gunk and leave a coating on the gear surfaces. Wax will not attract saw dust nor does saw dust stick to it.

Many old timers and table saw gurus recommend and use the paste wax. Paste wax is an excellent low speed lubricant.

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CLP without a doubt.

I'd wipe the bulk of the grease off with a paper towel, spray it all down really well with CLP and let it work for about 10 minutes. You can then use the spray nozzle straw and a rag to clean up the rest. No additional lube necessary. This is an all-in-one product that has proven safe for metals, plastics and electronics. I've reconditioned several electrical tools with it including just recently my Bosch 4100 table saw.

I don't know why people don't think of gun cleaner when cleaning tools. They're made of much of the same materials with the same requirements. Gun cleaners have been refined and tweaked for decades and modern formulas offer amazing performance.

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