BEST cleaner for removing oil coating from cast iron top on new Table saw

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Forum topic by JCurry posted 06-29-2015 11:45 PM 2217 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2015 11:45 PM

I have been reading the owners manual for a saw I purchased and that has not arrived yet. The manual says to use Kerosene to clean the oil off. I was curious what you guys use. Paste wax seems to be commonly used to protect the cast iron top.

Thanks for the feedback.

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 11:49 PM


Congratulations on your new saw!

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 12:18 AM

I have used WD40 and mineral spirits. Both did the job well. Pick whichever smell you prefer.

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#3 posted 06-30-2015 12:40 AM

Zep heavy duty citrus degreaser from HD worked great for me and it smells good to boot

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#4 posted 06-30-2015 12:48 AM

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#6 posted 06-30-2015 12:59 AM

+1 for citrus degreaser … I bought a gallon when I got my jointer, and have used it the jointer, cabinet saw, lathe, etc. Use a spray bottle and have plenty of paper towels on hand.

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#7 posted 06-30-2015 01:10 AM

Simple green or dish soap, then rub it with some paste wax.

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#8 posted 06-30-2015 01:16 AM

Spirits worked for me

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 02:59 AM

Kerosene worked nicely for me.

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 03:47 AM

Acetone is one my go to cleaners for grease residue. I will also use mineral spirits from time to time.

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 04:03 AM

I use De-Solv-it citrus cleaner for all my de-greasing jobs. It is the most amazing stuff I have ever run across and it never ceases to amaze me the things it will work on. I use it for so many things, from clothing spot remover, to label sticky remover, I can’t imagine being without it. My Jet didn’t come covered with an inch of grease, like some machines and it was easy to clean it up.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 04:07 AM

Listen to the vet. DVM’s know that they speak of. :-)

Mineral spirits or WD-40. If you bought a Grizzly machine I can attest to
the fact that you will develop new muscles regardless of what you use
getting that cosmoline off.

Be patient. Work it. And then use boeshield with a top coat of paste
wax (johnsons). Trust me on this. Paste wax alone will have you recoating
it every three weeks or so.

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 11:42 AM

Mineral spirits…and a lot of it and paper towels, a plastic putty knife and a parts cleaning brush. Then I use Boeshield. Good luck and be patient.

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 02:25 PM

If there is no paint to worry about , brake cleaner works well. If there is paint it takes that off too.

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#15 posted 06-30-2015 02:41 PM

WD40 – -

However since Jet and Powermatic are the same company.

The 15 inch Planer I got from Powermatic that I unpacked and set up last month, had a thick coating, but I was able to just wipe it away with paper towels.

Definitely was NOT the old style cosmoline that my older tools came packed in.
You may find this much easier than you are expecting.

When I wiped away the surface of the cast iron, my finger would “squeak” across the infeed table.
So I just got the rest of the goop out of the nooks and crannies and waxed it.

Good luck with the new toy!

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