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I'm looking to get my first table saw. In my area there are a few "barn finds" that I'm looking at. If the table has rust is this an issue? Can I clean it up and will it affect my cuts?

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It should clean up pretty easy as long as it's not pitted. Wd40 and scotch bright pads
 

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I'm looking to get my first table saw. In my area there are a few "barn finds" that I'm looking at. If the table has rust is this an issue? Can I clean it up and will it affect my cuts?

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make sure that the saw starts up, if it's been sitting for a good while, the motor and belts could be an issue as well. When I bought my saw it had a good bit of surface rust on it. I used a sander and automotive sandpaper of varying grits with thinner and then just sandpaper and nothing wet and it came out great. I then put paste wax on it and let it stay unbuffed until I was going to use the saw again.

here's a couple of tips to help you

http://www.finewoodworking.com/workshop/article/removing-preventing-rust-on-machinery.aspx

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/removing-rust-cast-iron-table-band-saw-211894/

http://wiki.vintagemachinery.org/

http://www.sawdustsoup.com/forum/topics/tablesaw-maintenance

and, when you're finished cleaning, read this

http://www.newwoodworker.com/basic/tsalign.html
 

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make sure that the saw starts up, if it's been sitting for a good while, the motor and belts could be an issue as well. When I bought my saw it had a good bit of surface rust on it. I used a sander and automotive sandpaper of varying grits with thinner and then just sandpaper and nothing wet and it came out great. I then put paste wax on it and let it stay unbuffed until I was going to use the saw again.
Thanks for the links and for the table saw basics - that will be very handy once I get the saw restored.
 

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Occasional pits can be filled with epoxy or bondo and scraped flat to the surface with a razor blade. If theres more pitting than flat areas you need a machine shops services.

After derusting a top, would pitting effect the cuts? Assuming the top isn't 10% pitted. A small amount of pits would just be tiny low spots, and the wood would just ride over them.

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