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Forum topic by Tennwood posted 10-31-2009 05:29 PM 2212 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2009 05:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: solvent tablesaw wax tool maintenance table saw

I have ordered a new PM2000 saw and know it is going to be delivered covered in protective grease. What is the best method of cleaning it and best solvent for cleaning off all the grease? Mineral Spirits? Also, what is the best way to preserve the table? I heard of people using Johnson’s paste wax to preserve the top for storage but will that work for everyday maintenance? Thanks in advance.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 06:03 PM

Tennwood: You pretty well hit the nail on the head. Yes- the best cleaner I’ve found for my machines is mineral spirits, or paint thinner. DON”T use WD-40. It’s waaaay too greasy, and will cling to sawdust. There are other cleaners out there that work, but MHO, all you need is m.s. I regularly wax my metal tops with Johnson’s Paste Wax. Good stuff, and works great. Makes the tops slick as the wood glides over it. That’s all you need, and you’re good to go. Hope this helps.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 06:26 PM

If it’s not painted I use lacquer thinner if it is I use Mineral spirits, auto wax or floor wax works fine

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 06:37 PM

MS and regular old Johnson’s Paste wax works the best for me.

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 06:47 PM

when i got mine a few months back i used mineral spirits to clean the greese off and then coated with paste wax but i used a piece of steel wool to apply the wax and once the wood starts sliding theres no stoping it even if the wood is ruffly sawn the only difference is i have a delta saw not a powermatic but there the same in terms of the top unless u got it custom made where i think u can get a chrome top. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 07:41 PM

Oh man, I can smell that new saw. I’m excited for you! I agree, MS then paste wax. I use the wax a few times during the year. Makes a big difference

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 10-31-2009 09:39 PM

I cleaned my PM2000 up with simple Green mostly but the fenve rail had a waxy sort of gunk on it that nothing would touch. I finally found out that Naptha worked on that waxy stuff. After that I protect the cast iron with Boeshiled T-9 and a little Johnsons Paste wax to keep it slick.
You are going to like the PM2000.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 10:08 PM

Thanks for everyone’s input. I am excited about the new saw and can’t wait to get it here,wipe off the grease and make some saw dust.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 03:46 AM

Enjoy it, the only time I’ve been privileged to use a PM was the wood shop on military posts. A fine piece of equipment. Congrats, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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