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post #1 of 8 Old 06-12-2017, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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New table saw.. Rigid R4512 setup/clean up

So I got my new saw all set up finally. I'm wondering what to use one the cast iron top to clean off all the packing oil? I think I've seen/heard people using mineral spirits to clean, and then some sort of wax to help lube/protect the cast iron. Is this right?

Also, I live in Houston, we're it is ridiculously humid all the time. What do I need to do to keep the saw clean and happy? I've seen numerous used saw around here that are all rusted up.

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I would use paint thinner to cut the cosmoline. Then a frequent coat of paste wax should protect it from humidity.
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So I've spent about 20 minutes with paint thinner and all these marks are still here.. what do I do? They are not sticky at all.. looks like the cast iron is stained?
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Scrub the top with a scotch brite pad wetted with paint thinner. Should clean up pretty quickly.

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You could also try WD-40 or kerosene, but some scrubbing might be necessary either way. Definitely with at least a coat of paste wax, or two. I'd also be sure to get it perfectly aligned, and get a decent blade...save the stock blade for junk cuts.
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You could also try WD-40 or kerosene, but some scrubbing might be necessary either way. Definitely with at least a coat of paste wax, or two. I'd also be sure to get it perfectly aligned, and get a decent blade...save the stock blade for junk cuts.
Agreed. I bought a r4512 a number of years ago. The stock blade was JUNK!

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So I got my new saw all set up finally. I'm wondering what to use one the cast iron top to clean off all the packing oil? I think I've seen/heard people using mineral spirits to clean, and then some sort of wax to help lube/protect the cast iron. Is this right?

Also, I live in Houston, we're it is ridiculously humid all the time. What do I need to do to keep the saw clean and happy? I've seen numerous used saw around here that are all rusted up.

Thanks.


Blaster and WD40 make a solid product for removing surface rust. There are a ton of videos out there showing how to do it, but basically your spray this on the surface and let it soak for a while...20-30 min and then use some sort of an abrasive like a scotch bright pad or high grit sand paper to remove the rust. I just did this process on an old cast iron jointer - it works, but I wouldn't recommend going overboard with it.

Once you're at a spot where you're satisfied, I'd use finishers paste wax. Just put a thin layer on and buff it out. It should create a very smooth surface for you. The wax will also protect the cast iron from moisture.

If you're really that concerned with moisture in your shop, you could always get a dehumidifier.


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So I had surgery the other day, and to help me not go crazy and pass the time, I would randomly walk into the garage and just look at the table saw. Yesterday I put a coat of wax on the top, and then my pain pills kickd in... so it sat there for hours without being buffed out. Now its all dry and has all the swirls and what not from putting it on... what do I do now? Can i just put another coat ontop and not worry about it? Should I remove the coat with some mineral spirits? Heat it up and wipe it off?
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